Mental Health in Schools

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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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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Hold On To The Good Stuff

I don’t know about you, but I have never been through a pandemic before. Within the past week, my college announced its transition to online courses, my work shifts were canceled until at least the end of the month, my friends and residents started moving out of our dorms, and the experiences I was looking…

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Taking Your Mental Health Advocacy Online

With most of Active Minds’ 16,000 student leaders prepared to or already transitioned to online learning, it’s more important than ever to continue our mental health advocacy efforts and support our now-remote campus communities during this time. Below are tips from Active Minds to keep your efforts moving, informed in part by our exclusively online…

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The Epidemic of Bathroom Tears

Imagine this: You don’t have enough time to get to class in the six minutes you have between periods, so you have to dip out of class to run to the bathroom. You are either in a huge rush, trying not to miss any important instruction from a teacher, or in no rush at all,…

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