Active Minds News

We see you, students. And, we have your back.

After months of stay-at-home orders, social disconnection, and remote learning challenges, many of you put your hope in a safe, meaningful, in-person college experience. You did what you needed to do so that you could live out what you were told would be the best years of your life. You applied for your loans. Paid…

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Calling All Student Mental Health Advocates

For years, mental health has been a growing issue among students. Even before the pandemic, research showed a rise in mental health issues among students over the past decade. And among BIPOC students this increase was even more pronounced. Experts and research predict that mental health challenges will continue to rise this fall, and will…

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New Active Minds Announcement!

For years, mental health has been a growing issue among students. Even before the pandemic, research showed a rise in mental health issues among students over the past decade, especially among BIPOC students. Experts and research predict that mental health challenges will continue to rise this fall. They will almost certainly be exacerbated for BIPOC…

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Student Mental Health During COVID-19

Special thanks to our friends at Kognito, a health simulation company serving higher education with solutions that build life skills for students, faculty, and staff, for collaborating on this post.   Three college students and mental health activists involved with Active Minds share what the last few months have been like, advice for their peers, and…

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2020 Emerging Scholars Fellowship

From January to June, the 2020 Active Minds’ Emerging Scholars conducted research on the topic of mental health programming and resources in high schools through a literature review, surveys, focus groups and informant interviews at the Active Mind’s National Conference. The Emerging Scholars Fellowship focuses on empowering emerging mental health researchers. This year, the scholars…

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Meet our 2020 Summer Interns!

Say hello to our wonderful group of summer 2020 interns! We are so excited to learn and grow alongside these passionate and driven mental health advocates. John Cohill Where do you go to school? What do you study?  I go to the University of Delaware, where I study Public Policy and Administration.  Where did you…

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We Stand With You

Active Minds firmly condemns racism and the racist systems that create and perpetuate the oppression of black people and other marginalized communities. Systemic racism is a mental health and public health crisis, linked with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress, among other negative impacts.  We stand with those who are uplifting their communities, using their voices,…

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Young Adults Speaking Out About Mental Health Through COVID-19

This past weekend a panel of four young adults convened to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and what they are hearing among their peers. Organized by We Rise, a Los Angeles-based mental health advocacy organization, this event was intended to elevate the voices and perspectives of young adults as…

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Reflections On Our Semester at Active Minds

Last week marked the end of our time at Active Minds, and to say that our experience this semester has been unique would be an understatement. When we accepted our offers, none of us were expecting a global pandemic to occur in the middle of the semester, but that’s exactly what happened. Despite having to…

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Discomfort and Chaos — What I’ve Learned Over 20 Years Since Losing Brian

What a moment we’re in. It feels tone-deaf to talk about this now. But, as I grapple with what is appropriate and what isn’t during this chaotic, unprecedented, and uncertain time, I realize that nothing happens in a vacuum. The experiences we’re all feeling around COVID-19 are tied to everything that makes us, us. Have…

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