Active Minds News

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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A Young American’s Response

This week, Dr. Richard Friedman wrote an opinion piece asking the question, ‘Why are young Americans killing themselves?’ He presented the unknowns, and some of the knowns around the suicide rates and prevention methods. Then he ended with this solution: “To start, we need a major public campaign to educate parents and teachers to recognize depression…

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Why We Push On: Addressing Fall 2019 Campus Suicides

As we head toward the end of 2019, we mark the end of another semester that, sadly, brought many stories of students lost to suicide this year.  CNN and other news outlets reported in recent weeks that several college campuses have experienced multiple suicides this semester, as well as unprecedented increase in demand for mental…

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Meet our Fall 2019 Interns!

Say hello to our wonderful group of fall 2019 interns! We are so excited to learn and grow alongside these passionate and driven mental health advocates. Kaylan Escamez Where did you go to school and what did you study? University of Reading (Reading, England), Art & History of Art Where is home to you? Gibraltar…

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Active Minds’ Recommendations: Shaping Positive Mental Health Climates through a Peer-to-Peer Approach

One of the most important factors in terms of a student’s decision to seek help is campus climate. Students are uniquely positioned to have direct and immediate effects on their peers’ perceptions of mental health issues and their likelihood to access mental health services. In the year 2000, as a college freshman, Alison Malmon lost…

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In the Wake of Tragedy, Discuss Mental Illness in Ways that Help, Not Hurt

August 5, 2019 — In the wake of the tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, I am devastated to have to bring the message I wrote last year following the catastrophic events at Stoneman Douglas High School forward again. I am devastated not only because it means lives have once again been lost, but also because these…

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We’ve Got Plans: Partnering with Students of Color to Address Mental Health

When asked about a poignant memory from the past school year, an Active Minds student leader from a minority-serving institution shared that one day, they were just finishing up leading a suicide prevention training in a classroom when a young student approached with tears in her eyes and a hug. “I’m glad I came to…

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Active Minds for Every Mind Ambassadors – Class of 2019

Meet our Active Minds for Every Mind Ambassadors, a cohort of student advocates from campuses across California! The Ambassador program is part of the Active Minds for Every Mind Equity Initiative, which was created and piloted in 2016 with the generous support of the California counties, through CalMHSA. The goal of the project is to…

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you good?

“You good?” — A question I would ask to a friend I knew was up studying until the early morning. To my roomate struggling to maintain a long distance relationship while at school. When I see someone close to me struggle to leave her bed or finish her schoolwork, I ask, “you good?” When words…

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Teaming up with Professional Baseball for Mental Health

In honor of Mental Health Month this May, professional baseball games throughout California will be teaming up with attendees sporting lime green to show support for mental health awareness. In addition to a lime green section of the stadium, the newest Each Mind Matters public service announcement will be aired on the jumbotron at each…

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