Mental Health in Schools

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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Why We Shouldn’t Throw the Phrase “I’m Triggered” Around

For college students all across the country, classes are starting back up, and it can be both an exciting and nerve-racking time of year. New classes, new syllabi, new routines, and new friends/classmates are a feature of this time of year, and adjusting to that takes time. It can also be difficult when you’re forced…

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Moving Away from Home

I remember when I moved into my first place that was truly my own. It was the beginning of September, and my dad and I had driven 400+ miles to move into my college apartment before classes started. It was hot and muggy. I remember driving and thinking the streets in Davis were too narrow…

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Why We Push On: Addressing Fall 2019 Campus Suicides

As we head toward the end of 2019, we mark the end of another semester that, sadly, brought many stories of students lost to suicide this year.  CNN and other news outlets reported in recent weeks that several college campuses have experienced multiple suicides this semester, as well as unprecedented increase in demand for mental…

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