Active Minds Programs & Campaigns

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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Dear Educators: We’re Humans First, Students Second

In the first semester of my freshman year, I was hospitalized due to mental health concerns. Living with a mental illness and managing my mental health was nothing new for me. I was diagnosed a few years before coming to college, but with the transition to a new school and new area, I was not…

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Finding Support as a Student in a Virtual World

When looking at the data from the Active Minds’ April 2020 survey for the first time, a particular statistic stood out to me: more than half of students did not know where to seek help for their mental health. I felt concerned about the wellbeing and mental health of students. We have all been isolating in our homes…

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How to Build Bridges Between Overlooked Students and Administrators

Take a look at college students, like really take a look at the students on your campus. College students, especially first-generation college students, are scared, nervous, and quite frankly lost when they arrive at college. They’re far away from home with no support system. The responsibility for providing support now falls on the shoulders of…

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Your Voice is Your Power: Why We Are Supporting BIPOC Mental Health During Suicide Prevention Month

Active Minds is calling on young adults across the nation to advocate for change and use their voices to establish a campus culture of caring and support for BIPOC students. Here are our recommendations of ways you can begin to make change, starting today. We launched our Your Voice Is Your Power Campaign to support…

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Calling All Student Mental Health Advocates

For years, mental health has been a growing issue among students. Even before the pandemic, research showed a rise in mental health issues among students over the past decade. And among BIPOC students this increase was even more pronounced. Experts and research predict that mental health challenges will continue to rise this fall, and will…

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New Active Minds Announcement!

For years, mental health has been a growing issue among students. Even before the pandemic, research showed a rise in mental health issues among students over the past decade, especially among BIPOC students. Experts and research predict that mental health challenges will continue to rise this fall. They will almost certainly be exacerbated for BIPOC…

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