Active Minds News

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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Coping and Staying Emotionally Well During COVID-19-related School Closures

Students at more than one hundred US colleges and universities are preparing to transition to online learning following notices from their schools that in-person courses are ending – either temporarily or for the foreseeable future – due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of a school closure on campuses and students often goes beyond academics:…

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Meet Our Spring 2020 Interns!

Our Spring 2020 interns have been hard at work so far this semester! You may have met some of them at conference, but if not, here they are!   Nithia Akineza Where do you go to school? Bethesda Chevy Chase High School Where is home to you? Bujumbura, Burundi Which team are you interning for…

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Reflections on #ActiveMindsCon20

Another successful Active Minds National Conference is in the books! This year’s theme was Bridging Gaps: Changing the Culture in the Everyday, and over the two days more than 600 students, chapter advisors, professionals, and advocates came together to learn how to do just that. This being my first conference, I was excited to spend…

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In Memory of Sue Cimbricz

Last month, Active Minds lost a force. I met Sue Cimbricz just a handful of months after she experienced the most extraordinary loss anyone can endure: the suicide of her oldest son, Sam. From the moment I met her and was let into her world and her story, Sue astounded me. Shadowed by her grief,…

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