Active Minds Programs & Campaigns

Speak Your Mind: Bring Awareness to Your Campus

  What is Speak Your Mind (SYM) Panel? The SYM Panel was first created in 2010 by the Ithaca College chapter of Active Minds. It’s goal – that of Active Minds – is to change the conversation around mental health by using student’s personal stories to raise awareness around mental illness. This unique platform aims…

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Bring Active Minds to Your Campus

Bringing Active Minds to your campus or high school sounds as if it’s a really big task. It is quite the opposite.  There was an Active Minds chapter at Kent State many years ago. Unfortunately, this chapter started to drift away and was no longer active. Spring semester 2019, I was given the task to…

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Notice and Connect Trainings – Colby College Active Minds

Last fall, our chapter partnered with our school’s Counseling Center to begin implementing basic mental health trainings for members of our college community. Over the course of the semester, members of our chapter co-facilitated trainings with members of the Counseling center, educating members of the community on mental health, informing them of available resources, and…

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The V-A-Rious Ways to Help a Friend

I have been on both the giving and receiving ends of support. Here are some things I would have liked to tell myself, and others, in either or both situations: To someone struggling What you are feeling is real, and it is not your fault for feeling this way. You are not overreacting. I know…

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How to Show Up For Your Friends

It takes courage to open up about individual struggles, plus vulnerability, bravery, and trust — along with a whole other slew of emotions. It also takes courage to stand with your friend (physically or virtually) when they’re going through the thick of it.  To properly honor the vulnerability of your friend, you want to make…

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Spring Stress Less Tips

It is not just the stress of exams and finals, but the endless possibilities that can result from my performance, causing overwhelming stress to take over my mind and body. While exhilarating and motivating, these uncertainties can translate poorly to one’s mental health, which is why self care is so important to recognize and maintain…

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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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Tips to #StressLess This Exam Season

It’s that point in the semester again.  The pages of your agenda are filled with due dates of midterms, papers, and group projects.  The amount of hours you sleep dwindles and the cups of coffee you consume skyrocket.  You manage to go to your 9 am lecture while running on four hours of sleep and…

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Send Silence Packing – Final Recap

We began week six of Send Silence Packing by sledding a bit south to visit the enriched culture of Virginia Tech. This frigid, icy Monday morning was quickly melted by the orange and maroon warmth of chapter leaders Emily and Maggie, as their goal of defrosting mental health stigma sent flurries of Hokies to the…

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The Rise Of The Mental Health Movement

I remember speaking with a few people my age at a gathering. We were talking about ambitions, careers and goals. I would always say I want to wake up with a fire within me. Often times, I have heard the response, “but does anyone?” — and at one point, I felt the same way. But…

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