Student Stories

Senior Scaries

“Hi, I’m Carmen and I’m a junior at Rockhurst. Wait no, I’m a senior now actually.” “Yeah, I’m not really sure what I’m going to do after graduation, but we’ll figure it out.” “No, I am absolutely not ready to leave.” via GIPHY   Does this sound familiar? I have started to have these conversations…

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You Don’t Have to Struggle Alone: Why Active Minds Matters

I suffered a life changing setback during freshman year in college because my chronic mental illness went unrecognized. Without an organization like Active Minds to provide support, I struggled alone. It has taken me a decade to recover—and I want to help others by sharing my story.  In high school, I pushed myself extremely hard…

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Emerging Scholars || Letters to My Future Self

RYAN FLINN NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY Ryan’s research project “Aggies Talk” examines the impact of stigma and attitudes on peer-to-peer helping behaviors among first-generation students. Dear Future Ryan, Your strength is your compassion for others. Your weakness is your self-criticism. You were born worthy. (You were the only person who was ever unconvinced of this…

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Humans of SCAD

SCAD Active Minds launched during Spring quarter of 2019. With only one quarter before most students would head home for the summer, our SCAD chapter of Active Minds needed to work proficiently to be as effective as possible. We had two main projects, one of which being the Humans of SCAD Project. Because our chapter…

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Begin with Pieces

Every week for the past eight months, I have facilitated the same session from 4-5 pm on Tuesdays. I have stood in the same room and waited for adolescents between the ages of 10 and 18 years old to find a seat in front of an array of brightly colored folders laying out on the…

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Balancing Active Minds and School as a Leader

Juggling school assignments, work, family, friends, clubs, etc. can be stressful and overwhelming. As an eboard member of Active Minds at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) in PA, I have experienced this for four years. As I’m getting prepared to graduate and move on to the next chapter in my life, I’ve been thinking about all…

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The First Anniversary of the Parkland Shooting: Recovery Is A Process

February 14, 2019 is the one-year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. It marks one year since 14 innocent students and 3 innocent teachers lost their lives to gun violence. It marks one year of nightmares and flashbacks for the surviving students, teachers, the MSD families, and the larger…

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5 Ways to Bounce Back from Failing an Exam

Everyone takes tests. Exams constitute an appreciable proportion of education, and trail professionals like physicians and accountants throughout their careers. A single test can make the difference in preserving an opportunity and jeopardizing a future. Ideally, we’d ace every exam, but that’s just not the reality — sometimes we fail. Here are some tips to keep…

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SMU Active Minds: Faces of Mental Health

Summer Moss, who brought an Active Minds chapter to her campus at Samuel Merritt University, shares insight on the ‘Faces of Mental Health’ video series produced at SMU this year.  What inspired you all to produce this video series? In January we had a workshop around Self Care for the Healthcare Professional featuring the…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Florida A&M University Chapter

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21, we share this message from Florida A&M University’s Active Minds chapter, a historically black university, to both celebrate and honor the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as shed light on the mental health advocacy being done on their campus. Why…

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