Holidays & Observances

Setting Intentions, A Spin On New Year’s Resolutions

“If you feel inspired to use the new year to help you reset or change habits: great. And yet, the old you has survived every terrible day, every hard thing, every awful circumstance, and every heartbreak you’ve ever felt. The old you is a fighter, and that’s worth celebrating.” – Emily McDowell This year has…

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How to be There for a Veteran in Your Life

As partners to Veterans, we understand the unique role that we all can play in being there to support Veterans’ mental health journeys. Our partners experienced places, conditions, and hardships that we cannot imagine. Their bravery and honor in serving their country is something that we feel immense pride in – but also have seen…

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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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Discomfort and Chaos — What I’ve Learned Over 20 Years Since Losing Brian

What a moment we’re in. It feels tone-deaf to talk about this now. But, as I grapple with what is appropriate and what isn’t during this chaotic, unprecedented, and uncertain time, I realize that nothing happens in a vacuum. The experiences we’re all feeling around COVID-19 are tied to everything that makes us, us. Have…

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Everyone Deserves Love On Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of the year again. The aisles of your local CVS are lined with pink and red candy hearts , The Notebook is constantly playing on HBO, and of course: article and blog post after blog post is being written about how to enjoy being single. This is not one of those blog…

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Home for the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or at least that’s the idea. After a long semester of hard classes and a finals week full of sleepless nights, going home to Mom and Dad waiting with your favorite meal and a smile sounds like just what you need. However, that isn’t the case for…

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Our Tiny Planet

Caring for the world around me can be difficult when I struggle to care for myself. How can I put energy towards combating climate change or separating plastics from trash, when I already face so much difficulty in maintaining a proper meal plan and even waking myself for class? But Earth Day is so much…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Florida A&M University Chapter

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21, we share this message from Florida A&M University’s Active Minds chapter, a historically black university, to both celebrate and honor the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as shed light on the mental health advocacy being done on their campus. Why…

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#NeedYouHere

This Valentine’s Day, let someone know you care. Buy a box of bracelets and share this beautiful message of hope with friends and family. Buy a box for your chapter, book club, teammates, coworkers, cousins, you name it! Buy a box of bracelets Post a photo of your bracelet and use the hashtag #NeedYouHere. Check…

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What the Holidays Can Be Like With a Mental Illness

For many, the holidays season is the best, most joyous time of the year. For others, it’s the opposite. Living with a mental illness is tough. And it’s even harder when you’re expected to be all happy and jolly, loving life with your friends and family. It’s hard to explain how an atmosphere of happiness…

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