Active Minds Programs & Campaigns

Active Minds’ Emerging Scholars Answer Critical Questions Regarding BIPOC Mental Health

The need for mental health research based on lived experiences of the communities most affected by health disparities is crucial. One of Active Minds’ longest-running programs, the Emerging Scholars Fellowship showcases the importance of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) voices in mental health research. We have long known that BIPOC young adults experience…

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Championing Mental Health Equity Through Education Access – Congratulations to Our 2022 Awardees!

As we continue to explore innovative ways of improving equitable mental health access and treatment, we know one major way we can help is by supporting young adults from all backgrounds and identities in their mental health-related studies. Mental health professions are broader than you may think – it includes historically recognized practices such as…

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Supportive Communities Change Lives – Here’s How to Engage Yours

I was in my second year of college when my first major bout with depression hit. It was 2006 and at the time, I had never heard about depression, anxiety, or really mental health at all. I didn’t have the language to articulate what I was going through to the people around me, and they…

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This Mental Health Month, Explore the New CALM Microaggression Repair Tool

At one time or another, we’ve all said the wrong thing. Despite best intentions, anyone can commit a microaggression. Embedded in our culture, institutions, and interactions, these systems can become part of our thinking without us even realizing it.  When we use words or actions to create harm against stigmatized or culturally marginalized groups, such…

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Mental Health Belongs in the Workplace – Thoughts from Active Minds’ Founder

Active Minds is headquartered in Washington D.C., and for many years, I was too. I went into the office each day on a consistent schedule, and from there, it felt easy to achieve a work/life balance. I gave my all to our team in the office and was able to focus on my loved ones…

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How Nature Became the Unexpected Foundation for My Mental Health Journey

Living in a small town in rural Massachusetts, I often joked that the only two things to do for fun were going to the local Target or finding a place to hike. Ironically, up until the pandemic, I never really enjoyed hiking (consequently, I spent a lot of time at Target). I was fortunate to…

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“Active Minds and All of Us: Using Data to Support Mental Health” Webinar Recap

Mental health research can be life-changing. It allows us to predict factors that can affect mental health outcomes, appropriately explain conditions and their complexities, and understand strategies to improve, treat, and manage those conditions.  Unfortunately, mental health research has not always been inclusive. Historically, most study participants were middle-aged white men. What impact does a…

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Welcome to the Active Minds Emerging Scholars Class of 2022

We are proud to announce the Active Minds 2022 Emerging Scholars Fellowship cohort! The Emerging Scholars Fellowship, generously supported by the Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health and Avi and Sandra Nash, provides an opportunity for students to be mentored by experts in the mental health field while they work to complete independent, funded research projects….

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Understanding and Supporting Mental Health on HBCU Campuses

The “hbcU Matter: Mental Health on Campus” webinar was coordinated by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCATSU) and Active Minds to highlight the importance of mental health and well-being on HBCU campuses. With the disproportionate effects of the pandemic and continued experiences of racism the Black community has faced over the past few…

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What Being “The Most Trusted Stranger in America” Taught Me About Mental Health

Nicknames can say a lot about a person. Some are common, some unique, some inside jokes, and some self-explanatory. For years, I’ve been known as “​​The Most Trusted Stranger in America.” Every year, I receive thousands of secrets from strangers worldwide: from topics as serious as affairs and proposals to something as simple as accidentally…

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