Mental Health in Schools

Mental Health Matters: Here’s How I Proved It In My High School

When I look back at the past four years of high school, and ahead to the future as a graduate, one of the biggest changes that I saw in my community of classmates was around mental health culture. How schools view and address mental health can vary widely – some schools have the resources to…

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Reflections from an Active Minds Graduate on the Importance of Mental Health in College Culture

As a high schooler, I convinced myself that starting college would be the fresh start I was looking for. I was certainly ready for one. So as I sat on the long drive to Eastern Michigan University (EMU) I looked through lists of student clubs, envisioning what my new life would be like. Active Minds…

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You’re More Than Your Grades: Tips for Staying Well During Finals Season

It’s that time of year again. A time when college students across the country are camped out in libraries, surrounded by stacks of flashcards, empty coffee cups, and months worth of notes, otherwise known as finals season.  I’m right there too – over the next week or so, I have three finals, a four-thousand-word essay,…

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Celebrating Teachers’ Impact Within (and Beyond) the Classroom

I’m the son of two public school teachers. Because of this, I would like to think I have a unique perspective on just how much educators can change the lives of others (discounting that I was quite literally raised by educators). My parents have taught all sorts of students from a variety of backgrounds and…

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We Asked Students About Their Mental Health Throughout the Pandemic. Here’s What We Learned:

As schools near the end of the fifth semester during the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that students are struggling while staff and administrators look for ways to best support their mental health. To learn more about what this support could look like, we’d like to share two perspectives from our Active Minds students. Kelly Maguire…

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Recognizing, Addressing, and Managing Stress as a College Student

April is Stress Awareness Month, a time to take a step back and shed light on the causes and consequences of stress, one of the most common mental health topics confronting students. It’s the time of year when spring break feels like a distant memory and final exams loom right around the corner, leaving many…

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How the Pandemic Has Affected Youth Mental Health, From a K-12 Expert

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, many were concerned about how it would impact youth mental health, especially high school students. The disruption of daily life, the pivot to distance learning, and the stress of the ever-changing mutations of the virus led to many young people experiencing poor mental health outcomes. The Center for Disease Control…

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Celebrating the Importance of School Counselors in Youth Mental Health

This week we celebrate National School Counseling Week by acknowledging the impact that school counselors and other mental health professionals make in K-12 schools. They are the people students go to for help with academic planning, healthy mindsets, and behaviors. School counselors work to maximize student success and are vital to school leadership teams to…

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Understanding and Supporting Mental Health on HBCU Campuses

The “hbcU Matter: Mental Health on Campus” webinar was coordinated by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCATSU) and Active Minds to highlight the importance of mental health and well-being on HBCU campuses. With the disproportionate effects of the pandemic and continued experiences of racism the Black community has faced over the past few…

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Preparing for a Semester of Uncertainty

When thinking about returning to school for my second semester, I’ve experienced a rollercoaster of emotions in the last few weeks. At first, I was excited – the pandemic felt somewhat under control and I thought I’d be able to return to school normally. However, with the new variant, Omicron, that may not happen. I…

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