Advocacy & Awareness

The Harms of Canceling Spring Break

According to the College Crisis Initiative, 59% of universities in the United States either replaced or completely canceled their 2021 Spring Break as of March 31st, 2021. This decision is certainly understandable. Spring break is often associated with massive parties, which would now be classified as superspreader events as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Canceling spring break…

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Mental Health Care is Not a Bad Look

One year into the pandemic, there is so much we are all hoping to put behind us once we emerge from it. However, lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about all that I hope is here to stay. We’re witnessing real-time innovations in digital health, for example, with mental health in particular finally being given…

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Black Individuals and Organizations You Should Know in the Mental Health Field

Black History Month is a time where the contributions of Black Americans are specially recognized and applauded. While it is important to acknowledge Black individuals that have changed history during this month, this appreciation, recognition, and acknowledgment should occur at all times. Black history and Black mental health matters all year long. Below, we have…

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Congratulations 2021 Active Minds National Conference Award Winners

Every year at the Active Minds National Conference, we take time to recognize the dedication, passion, leadership, and achievements of individuals, schools, and chapters over the past year. This year has been exceptionally challenging, but chapters and leaders rose to the occasion and innovated through creative ways to leave a lasting impact on their communities….

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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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Navigating Food and Body Image During the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches and we reach the end of 2020, many of us start to experience mixed emotions. Over the years, the holidays have come to represent warmth and celebration, in addition to the signal of a fresh start. But the holiday season can also be a major source of stress, particularly for…

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The Power of Mindfulness & Empathy: Cultural Competency Training for College Students

A much-needed spotlight has recently been shone on the systemic racism that has long been embedded in our country, creating disparities and disadvantages for BIPOC communities. Many privileged individuals cannot even begin to imagine the hardships that marginalized and minority groups have faced, nor have they ever taken the time to educate themselves on this…

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Mental Health Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

We have come to the end of October, and if you are like me, that means it was Halloween month! The time to binge-watch horror films from the 80s, buy pumpkins to carve, and eat a little more candy than usual. During October, a lot of things should be scary, your costume, decorations, maybe even…

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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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Coping with Election Stress

No matter your political views, this has been a stressful 2020 presidential election season. A recent survey from the American Psychological Association and Harris Poll found that 68% of Americans cite the election as a significant source of stress in their life (compared to 52% in a similar poll in 2016), and levels of stress were consistent…

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