COVID-19 Response

#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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Do What Works For You: Fitness During the Age of Quarantine

Let’s be real – for a long time, making trips from my bed to the refrigerator was the most exercise I got in college.  As school began to wind down my senior year, I was inspired to focus on my physical health and convinced my aunt to take daily trips to the gym with me….

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Reflections On Our Semester at Active Minds

Last week marked the end of our time at Active Minds, and to say that our experience this semester has been unique would be an understatement. When we accepted our offers, none of us were expecting a global pandemic to occur in the middle of the semester, but that’s exactly what happened. Despite having 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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Teletherapy During Stay-at-Home Orders

 As many students leave their residential campuses and the world hunkers down into shelter-in-place “normality,” industries scramble to quickly transition to remote methods. This includes traditionally in-person therapy, and — many of us have questions! Where do you find a private space to have your online therapy session when you’re in close quarters with family…

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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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