Mental Health in Schools

Decolonizing Mental Health During Hispanic Heritage Month and Beyond

As a young woman who comes from a Hispanic family and has seen first-hand how much culture and identity can impact access to mental health education and resources, I knew that when I was given the opportunity to do mental health research as an Active Minds Emerging Scholar I was going to take it. Stemming…

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How Active Minds’ Chapter Presidents are Preparing for a “Fall Like No Other”

We all know this fall is like no other. While many schools have shared their intentions for ongoing remote work, many others are planning to bring students back into a shared space as the Covid-19 vaccine gains adoption. Students are facing unusual challenges, and it’s crucial now more than ever to utilize the resources available…

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Prioritizing Mental Health this School Year: Ideas from a K-12 Education Expert

Back to school season is here and it is feeling a little cloudy with a chance of _______. The word(s) that end that sentence seem to change daily. Depending on how COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, the messages we are hearing from schools about starting this academic year seem to be in flux. While…

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How I’m Putting my Mental Health First this School Year

On March 13, 2020, I got the email from UCLA that everyone will be sent home, effective immediately, due to COVID-19. Since then, I’ve been living and doing school from the comfort of my childhood home. This month, however, we’re finally heading back to campus. I’ll be a senior taking classes and working as a…

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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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Your Voice is Your Power: Why We Are Supporting BIPOC Mental Health During Suicide Prevention Month

Active Minds is calling on young adults across the nation to advocate for change and use their voices to establish a campus culture of caring and support for BIPOC students. Here are our recommendations of ways you can begin to make change, starting today. We launched our Your Voice Is Your Power Campaign to support…

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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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BIPOC Mental Health Webinar Recap

Terms you might be unfamiliar with: BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color The coronavirus pandemic isn’t affecting all students equally, and historically, education hasn’t helped all students in the same ways.  BIPOC students are at higher risk for both mental and physical health problems, and as schools across the nation respond to…

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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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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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