Mental Health in Schools

The First Anniversary of the Parkland Shooting: Recovery Is A Process

February 14, 2019 is the one-year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. It marks one year since 14 innocent students and 3 innocent teachers lost their lives to gun violence. It marks one year of nightmares and flashbacks for the surviving students, teachers, the MSD families, and the larger…

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College May Not Be the “Best 4 Years of Your Life” and That’s Perfectly Okay

For those of you like myself, 2019 means one major thing: we’re graduating college. How exciting! The moment we’ve proclaimed ever since we first stepped foot onto our campus years ago. For some of us, we never knew when this day would come. Many late nights studying, strictly fast-food diets, and bad-hair-days later, it’s finally…

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The Missing Piece in Addressing the Student Sleep Deprivation Epidemic

This piece was originally published as part of Thrive Global’s ‘Thrive On Campus‘ section on November 9, 2018. Click here to view the original publication. “Opportunity Cost,” reads the bright red letters displayed across the PowerPoint slide my macroeconomics teacher pulls up on the projector screen. Quickly glancing at the slide, and then back at her class…

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6 Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress During Final Exams

Any college student can tell you that final exams are stress-inducing. But as you look around a college campus during college exams, you’re likely to see the effects of that stress in action. Even students who previously seemed to be carefree are showing signs of anxiety and sleep deprivation. Stress can manifest with physical and…

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5 Ways to Transform the Mental Health Conversation on Your Campus

This post is presented in collaboration with Crisis Text Line, the free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis. The piece was originally posted on August 15, 2018. The fall semester is looming and summer will soon be winding down. College students across the country are savoring their final days of summer– days…

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Back to School Power-Ups for Your Campus

Get the year started off right with one or more of our Back to School Power Ups! Selected especially for educators and students, these six Active Minds programs and resources help you take awareness and knowledge of mental health to the next level. Make a commitment to change the conversation about mental health on your…

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It’s a Work-In-Progress

To all future graduates, you DO NOT need to know what you are doing. I bet you, like me, are getting tired of the constant stream of questions about what we are planning to do with our lives. In high school, I was put under the impression I needed to know what I was doing…

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Tips for My Freshman Self

Everyone has advice for you when you first go to college: Avoid taking 8 am classes. Go to every class. Learn how to resolve conflicts with roommates. Don’t schedule more than an hour between classes. etc. etc. Freshman year was hard for me. I had moved out of state, was going to a school where…

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Did You Hear about the Rose that Grew from Concrete?

“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Provin Nature’s laws wrong it learned how to walk without Havin feet Funny it seems but, by keepin its dreams It, learned to breathe FRESH air Long live the rose that grew from concrete When no one else even cared No…

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Graduation Advice from the Speakers Bureau

Graduation is right around the corner and we could not be more proud of everything you all have accomplished this year. Taking that next big step can be scary, so we asked the Speakers Bureau to share some of their wisdom — and vintage grad photos! — with you before you hit the stage. 🙂…

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