Active Minds Programs & Campaigns

Connecting Virtually Is What We Do!

American Public University System (APUS) is composed of American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU). Our students, faculty, and staff reside around the world. Our online-only university has a brick and mortar campus in West Virginia, but students attend classes online as well as run their “social” university lives virtually. Despite this, APUS…

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How Student Mental Health Leaders are Adapting to an Online World

Students, especially college students, were hit hard by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know from Active Minds’ recent survey of over 3,000 students that 91% of young adults say that COVID-19 has caused stress and anxiety and over 80% say they’ve experienced isolation, loneliness, sadness, and disappointment. Students have been working diligently to…

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After COVID-19: A Postvention Guide for Student-Led Responses

More than half of students say they do not know where to turn for mental health support amid the impacts of COVID-19, according to Active Minds’ nationwide Young Adult Mental Health Survey. This is concerning given that 20% report the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly worsened their mental health. After a traumatic event such as this,…

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Supporting a Healthy Campus Community during COVID-19

Insights from Healthy Campus Awardees Last month, COVID-19 left campuses scrambling to move operations online, including efforts to support the health and wellbeing of students. We recently spoke with five campuses that have earned the Active Minds Healthy Campus Award distinction to learn about how their campus teams are addressing student mental health in the…

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Four Tips for Student-Athletes During COVID-19

Millions of students have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is especially true for student-athletes. Rehab from injuries may be put on hold, structured schedules and routines are now gone, and for many of these athletes, their careers have been cut short prematurely. Earlier this week, Active Minds hosted a panel featuring mental health…

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6 Things To Know About Mental Health During COVID-19

Whether we are a parent, student, teacher, employee, advocate, or community member, the shock, uncertainty, and sadness accompanying COVID-19 impacts all of us and threatens our mental health and wellbeing. This is especially true for those of us with underlying mental health issues — with potentially long-term ramifications we have yet to imagine. What are…

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Taking Your Mental Health Advocacy Online

With most of Active Minds’ 16,000 student leaders prepared to or already transitioned to online learning, it’s more important than ever to continue our mental health advocacy efforts and support our now-remote campus communities during this time. Below are tips from Active Minds to keep your efforts moving, informed in part by our exclusively online…

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Revamping the Student ID Design with Mental Health in Mind

Since it was established, Active Minds at Occidental College has been an active organization in terms of tabling and programming, and we strive to give mental health a voice on an institutional level. We aim to work with administrators by sharing information about college students’ mental health and relevant policy to strategize ways to ensure…

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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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