Active Minds Programs & Campaigns

Meet the Inaugural Mental Health Advocacy Academy Class of 2021

This year, Active Minds is proud to debut our inaugural Mental Health Advocacy Academy: the only leadership development and mental health advocacy academy that empowers Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) high school students to enact change in their communities. Our 2021 Advocacy Academy students, listed…

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What Is a Leave of Absence? How to Understand, Evaluate, and Improve Campus Policy

Student health, especially mental health, has become a priority in higher education. To better support students that are dealing with a variety of issues, including mental health challenges, many colleges have implemented Leave of Absence (LOA) policies. These policies outline the processes that allow students to take a pause from their studies to focus on…

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The Key to Meaningful Conversations About Mental Health

When I helped found an Active Minds chapter at my high school, V-A-R® was one of the first pieces of national programming we participated in. As new members of the movement, V-A-R was a relatable and useful skill for us to learn and was simple and effective to promote on our campus. Now, two and…

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Lessons I Learned from Sharing Stories with Send Silence Packing

For the past two months, I’ve been traveling across the country to host Send Silence Packing, Active Mind’s award-winning suicide prevention exhibit. When I began, I knew this position would be just as impactful as when Send Silence Packing came to my college and touched me as a student. But, I’ve also learned new lessons…

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What I Learned About Suicide Prevention from Working with Send Silence Packing

This week, I embarked on my fourth Send Silence Packing tour with Active Minds. It’s been one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, but it’s also been tough. Through it all, the hard conversations, the long days, and the emotions that come with being on this tour, one thing has remained constant: talking about…

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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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