Student Stories

Investing in Mental Health in High School Can Shape Your College Experience

How can you make the transition from high school to college easier? Simple: focus on mental health. Understand what you need to succeed both academically and in taking care of yourself. Prioritize finding mentors, professors, and friends to aid the transition.  Okay, maybe it isn’t that simple, but learning about your mental health, understanding your…

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Managing Stress in the Everyday

There are times when the unknown can be exciting: a new job, a surprise birthday party, the first day of classes. However, there are also times when the unknown can be unsettling, leading to increased stress levels and unwelcome emotions. Throughout the past year and a half, uncertainty has become even more prevalent because of…

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Twenty Years of Difficulties and Differences Contextualized: How My ADHD Diagnosis Changed How I Live

College is everything they tell you it will be: challenging, freeing, exhausting, exhilarating, and so much more. It tests you at every corner, never giving you a break before a new challenge meets you at the next turn.   Of course, I was prepared for the start of my first semester. How could I not be?…

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Depression Screening Was the First Step to My Fresh Start

It was not until my freshman year of college, in the fall of 2019, that I realized I might be suffering from depression. I was sad for no reason. Still tired after getting a good night’s rest. Something felt off.  But, to those around me, I was still functioning “normally.” I was able to go…

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How to Be There for Yourself While Caring for Others

During National Recovery Month, I’m thinking of those who have succeeded in overcoming their addiction, those who are on the long path to recovery, and those who haven’t quite made that choice yet, but hopefully will someday. When you have a loved one living with addiction, watching them struggle can be devastating. Although I haven’t…

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The World Needs You Here

“The world needs you here.” These are the exact words that I so desperately needed to hear when I was just twelve years old. This phrase could have changed my life; and now, I know that it can change the lives of those around me.  At twelve years old, I became a suicide attempt survivor…

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Combatting the Myth: How Social Media Improved my Mental Health

Social media is often seen as something that negatively impacts mental health, particularly among young adults. While such social platforms can have their downsides and affect people differently, many of these apps do exactly what they were designed to do: connect. In a time where the entire world went virtual, young people weren’t as afraid…

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Anxiety, Fear Living Amid Anti-Semitism

Visible or not, hatred is an aspect of society that affects every one of us. It comes in many shapes and forms and centers around no one specific thing, person, or issue. While many have dealt with feelings or the consequences of hatred at some point in their lives, some of us, particularly marginalized groups,…

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A Letter to My Active Minds Chapter

Going off to college was both exciting and terrifying. A part of me was ready to experience somewhere other than my small town in New Jersey. But, another part of me was so overwhelmed by the idea of change. And having been recently diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, I was worried about how overwhelming this…

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How One Voice Created Change: Kai Roberts at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School

In the Active Minds’ Fall Student Survey, almost 90% of students reported experiencing stress or anxiety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This statistic is high yet not surprising, seeing how much has happened in the past months. It can be easy to forget that there are individual people behind this statistic, each with their…

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