Active Minds Programs & Campaigns

Creating a Culture of Wellness in a Remote or Hybrid Environment

While many companies believed working-from-home would be a short-term solution to adhere to safety precautions of the COVID-19 pandemic, over one year later, employers are reconsidering what it looks like to continue remote or hybrid working even after it becomes safe to return to the office again.  In a recent poll of Active Minds’ network,…

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Self-Advocating for Your Needs: Navigating the “New Normal” at Work

As vaccines increase and the nation appears to gradually approach yet another new state of “normal,” one in which more offices and schools reopen and people resume in-person socializing, comfort levels with all that lies ahead vary. For example, in a recent poll of Active Minds’ network, 96% of respondents shared that there are elements…

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Stress Less this April, and Beyond

The culture on a university campus is one that normally prioritizes grades, socializing, sports, and greek life above mental health breaks. It can be stressful. As an undergraduate, it was not uncommon to hear one of my friends say every day, “I am overwhelmed.” Many students struggle to balance their school responsibilities and their social…

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Charging On with V-A-R at the University of Central Florida

As a student at the University of Central Florida, making an impact on student mental health has been something I’m passionate about due to my experience supporting close friends and their mental wellbeing. A common phrase we hear as University of Central Florida Knights is to “Armor up, and charge on!” When I think of…

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How I Incorporated V-A-R® at Auburn University

As I finish up my senior year at Auburn University, I think about how the conversation about mental health has drastically changed over my four years on campus. Especially on how to show up for friends or for someone who may be struggling. Being an Active Minds chapter leader, I’ve received countless emails from other…

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Send Silence Packing: Behind the Backpacks

Active Minds’ Send Silence Packing® exhibit has traveled the country for over a decade, reaching close to a million individuals, to end the silence that surrounds mental health and suicide and connect visitors with resources for support and action. After the pandemic forced us to end a 31-stop Send Silence Packing tour in its tracks…

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Myths About Suicide

Content Warning: Suicide, self-harm, trauma, psychiatric hospitalization. Two important things to know: Mental health is treatable. Suicide is preventable. When we all have the facts about mental health, we can better support the loved ones in our lives in getting the help they need. Unfortunately, while suicide remains the second leading cause of death for…

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Fostering Relationships Between Faculty & Students Through Cultural Competency Training

Looking back, when I was a wide-eyed high school student, I had a lot of difficulty choosing which college to go to. That summer, I took a course at Ithaca College that cemented the decision for me. It was called “Communication, Culture, and Rhetoric,” led by a Black professor and predominantly attended by students of…

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The Important Role of Faculty in Mental Health Awareness

Quarantine has not been easy for me. I haven’t seen my friends in weeks, my summer plans were all canceled, and the future remains uncertain. There have been days in which I have felt great and those in which I felt down. In the past, I took the social interaction and learning that I got…

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How to Build Relationships on Campus with Administrators

At the beginning of this semester, Active Minds launched the Your Voice Is Your Power campaign that calls on students and advocates to partner with their campus multicultural affairs offices and student organizations to rally around BIPOC students’ mental health and well-being. In order to make these impactful changes on your campus you must work…

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