Active Minds News

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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Meet our Spring 2019 Interns!

Say hello to our wonderful group of spring 2019 interns! We are so excited to learn and grow alongside these wonderful mental health advocates! Laurence Yansunnu Where do you go to school and what do you study? University of Maryland College Park, Communications Where is home to you? Montgomery County, MD Which team are you…

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The First Anniversary of the Parkland Shooting: Recovery Is A Process

February 14, 2019 is the one-year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. It marks one year since 14 innocent students and 3 innocent teachers lost their lives to gun violence. It marks one year of nightmares and flashbacks for the surviving students, teachers, the MSD families, and the larger…

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#NeedYouHere

This Valentine’s Day, let someone know you care. Buy a box of bracelets and share this beautiful message of hope with friends and family. Buy a box for your chapter, book club, teammates, coworkers, cousins, you name it! Buy a box of bracelets Post a photo of your bracelet and use the hashtag #NeedYouHere. Check…

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Active Minds Expands Support at Minority-Serving Colleges

Seven minority-serving colleges will launch brand new Active Minds chapters next semester thanks to Active Minds’ expanded support. The following institutions were selected through an application process to receive outreach materials and services to help establish student-led chapters that provide mental health awareness and education on campus: Fisk University (TN) Northern New Mexico College Rutgers…

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Frameworks for Mobilizing Students for Mental Health: A Webinar Recap

On Tuesday, October 30th, Active Minds hosted an hour-long webinar exploring frameworks of mobilizing students around mental health and the research that supports our upstream approach to mental health advocacy. The esteemed panelists explored the data that is demonstrating that student-powered mental health advocacy is a promising approach to changing students’ attitudes, knowledge, and behavior…

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