Prevention & Awareness

#NeedYouHere

This Valentine’s Day, let someone know you care. Buy a box of bracelets and share this beautiful message of hope with friends and family. Buy a box for your chapter, book club, teammates, coworkers, cousins, you name it! Buy a box of bracelets Post a photo of your bracelet and use the hashtag #NeedYouHere. Check…

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Where do we go from here?

Each year, millions of high school graduates make the transition into college life. Encouraged by parents and peers, the next few years are sure to be some of the best times of their life. While this may be true for some, mental health is a growing concern that is rising among college campuses across the…

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Practice Suicide Prevention, Not Just Reaction

Whenever someone famous dies by suicide, I see my social media feeds fill with the numbers for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) and the Crisis Text Line (741741), and while that information is incredibly important to share, I am always left with a feeling that we could be doing more to prevent suicide in…

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Men’s Health Month: Prioritizing Self-Care By Your Own Standards

Summer is in full swing! It’s time to find out if months of waiting and planning will pay off to make this summer one to remember! Like an over-reviewed blockbuster, sometimes summer can be overhyped. I know for me, while struggling with anxiety and depression, summer would sometimes become an anxious scramble to have as…

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Mental Health Month – Parents’ Edition

May is “Mental Health Month.”  In my opinion we should not just dedicate a month to mental health, but every single day! I understand the reasoning, but this topic is so important that it simply must have more focus.   There is significantly more pressure on adolescents these days compared to when I was growing…

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More to the Story: Our Take on 13 Reasons Why S2

Disclaimer: This post provides information regarding Netflix’s popular series 13 Reasons Why. Due to triggering and graphic content, Active Minds recommends that those who choose to watch do so with a friend or family member. We also recommend avoiding S1E13 (TW: suicide) and S2E13 (TW: sexual assault). Often, we hear about mental health only after…

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Long Term Stress Requires Long Term Strategies

Each spring during Stress Less Week, we focus a great deal on the most present stressors in students’ lives: final exams. This means we also focus on the most immediate methods for dialing back that stress such as taking a walk or yoga class, listening to a comedy podcast, or moderating caffeine intake so that…

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Oh, but my dear, what if you soar

It’s 75 degrees out and I’m on a long hike through the beautiful rolling hills of my hometown. My favorite place. My favorite activity. I hike at a quick pace when I’m alone, and love to feel my calves burn in that satisfying, muscle-working way. It’s warm and my heart is beating fast. Despite the…

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How to Fight Stigma with Strength-Based Language

Stigma. What is it and why is it so important that we work together to get rid of it? Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D., offers this definition of stigma, “Stigma is a perceived negative attribute that causes someone to devalue or think less of the whole person.” When referring to mental health, stigma prevents people from reaching…

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Self-Harm Myths & Misconceptions

Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), otherwise known as self-harm, is not a mental illness in itself, but a sign of a lack of adequate coping skills. It involves behaviors that intentionally harm oneself and is a sign of mental distress. Here are some common myths and misconceptions about self-harm, debunked: Only Teenage Girls Do It Self-harm affects…

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