COVID-19 Response

67% of Us Feel Like Naomi Osaka: How Should Our Culture Shift Post-COVID?

It’s a common refrain spoken in all aspects of life but especially in sports: “If you’re tired, learn to rest, not quit.” So, why wasn’t tennis pro Naomi Osaka allowed to rest? In case you haven’t been following, Osaka recently sparked a heated national conversation after announcing that she would not participate in any press…

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One Year of Working From Home: What We’ve Learned

Creative and nontraditional tips from our staff for staying engaged while working from home…one year later.   For many of us, it is our one-year anniversary of working from home. Despite the uncertainties of the pandemic, you may remember initially feeling relieved and excited to finally get the opportunity to work from the comforts of…

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I See You: When Loved Ones are Hospitalized during COVID

To anyone else supporting a family member or close loved one spending time in a psychiatric unit, rehabilitation center, or assisted living facility during this pandemic: I see you. I see the hard conversations, the tears, the fact that every answer just stirs up 12 more questions: Do they have a safe place to go…

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How to Maintain Your Mental Health While Balancing Virtual Learning and the Holidays

These are uncertain and anxious times, especially for students. As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, colleges are strongly discouraging students from returning to campus after Thanksgiving break, leaving many to finish the semester at home. The transition from being on campus to being home will not be easy.  I know I will not have the…

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Managing Mental Health on Campus During Covid

While walking through Kogan Plaza at George Washington University, there’s a stillness in the early morning coupled with unfamiliar silence. The regular stirring city atmosphere has minimized into a soft hum, with infrequent passing bikers and working professionals. Campus has maintained its looks with hints of buff and blue on university buildings but has lost…

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We see you, students. And, we have your back.

After months of stay-at-home orders, social disconnection, and remote learning challenges, many of you put your hope in a safe, meaningful, in-person college experience. You did what you needed to do so that you could live out what you were told would be the best years of your life. You applied for your loans. Paid…

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#ImStillGraduating – Active Minds Western

The #ImStillGraduating series shared on our Instagram account features graduating chapter members of Active Minds Western. The line art graphics were created by our VP Creative Anika In’t Hout. We wanted to provide our graduating members with the opportunity to share their thoughts on the current situation in a fresh and engaging way. Keep scrolling…

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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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Young Adults Speaking Out About Mental Health Through COVID-19

This past weekend a panel of four young adults convened to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and what they are hearing among their peers. Organized by We Rise, a Los Angeles-based mental health advocacy organization, this event was intended to elevate the voices and perspectives of young adults as…

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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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