Active Minds Programs & Campaigns

Three Ways You Can Center Mental Health in Your School

With increasing urgency over the last few years, educators, school administrators, and even researchers have taken a deeper dive into what equity and inclusion truly looks like within the education system, specifically as it relates to the creation of school policies, initiatives, and programs that take place at the district level and within the walls…

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How You Can Help End the Silence Around Suicide

Content Warning: Mention of suicide attempts and suicidal ideation. When I was 16, I was with a family member when they attempted suicide. I had to go with them to the emergency room, where they received treatment and thankfully, survived. It was kept very quiet in my family. My parents are divorced and one of…

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Meet the Fall 2022 Mental Health Advocacy Academy Class

Today marks the beginning of the second year of our Mental Health Advocacy Academy. The Academy is a unique leadership opportunity for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) high school students to create change in their schools and communities. Our 2022 youth advocates (listed below) will…

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Top Mental Health Programs You Won’t Want to Miss

Content Warning: This piece contains mentions of suicide statistics. Last Thursday, the Active Minds National Staff hosted a Fall Programs Open House, designed to share more about the mental health programs available to our community this season. If you weren’t able to attend, we encourage you to read more about the programs featured below and…

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Our Top School Mental Health Tips By Students, For Students

Active Minds is adding mental health to the list of things to check off your back-to-school list. To help, our two “Mental Health Prep” YouTube lives shared tips for managing your mental health at school, with a focus on anxiety, depression, and self-care. During our first live panel, Active Mind’s senior manager of K-12 student…

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Five Suicide Prevention Strategies to Inspire Lasting Change

Content Warning: This piece contains mentions of suicide. Suicide prevention can be as simple as starting a conversation. However, it can sometimes be difficult to know what to say, as well as what other actions when the conversation ends. As a multiple suicide attempt survivor and mental health advocate, I wanted to share some suicide…

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Every Generation Benefits When We Talk About Mental Health – Here’s How to Start:

International Youth Day is celebrated annually on August 12 to bring youth and young adult issues to the international community’s attention. This day gives an opportunity to celebrate and amplify young people’s voices, actions, and social justice initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. This year’s theme is intergenerational solidarity, which emphasizes…

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What You Can Gain from Our Newly Structured Student Advisory Committee

For years, the Active Minds Student Advisory Committee (SAC) has been a staple of the work students nationwide are doing in collaboration with Active Minds national staff around mental health. I’m beginning my second year on the SAC, and am honored to serve this year as its president as we continue to think of new…

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My Experience as an Emerging Scholar: BIPOC Veterans and Mental Health

Content Warning: This piece contains mentions of suicide statistics. As a child growing up in India, I always considered my family my number one support system. I never realized that I needed more than they were capable of providing until I was in crisis.  My mental health became increasingly complicated as I entered my teenage…

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My Experience as an Emerging Scholar: Mental Health in My Community

Coming from a family that always emphasized the importance of social justice, I have always been interested in finding ways to give back to my community. After years of living and working abroad, I found my way home to my native Chicago to reconnect not only with my family but with my community.  Chicago is…

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