Top Mental Health Programs You Won’t Want to Miss

Active Minds
Active Minds

Content Warning: This piece contains mentions of suicide statistics.

Last Thursday, the Active Minds National Staff hosted a Fall Programs Open House, designed to share more about the mental health programs available to our community this season. If you weren’t able to attend, we encourage you to read more about the programs featured below and check out a recording of the overview of all of our programs here

If you’re part of a K-12 school… 

Active Minds has resources for: students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

Why: 37% of high school students report feeling sad or hopeless, and 19% have seriously considered suicide (2019 YRBS). We all must be part of the solution to the mental health crisis our youth are facing.

What’s available: Active Minds recently committed to bringing our proven peer-to-peer mental health model to 1,000 K-12 schools in the next 1,000 days. Your K-12 school can benefit from our free Peer-Powered Mental Health Curriculum for High Schools, by bringing an Active Minds Speaker to your local school, or by starting an Active Minds chapter.

Learn more about our K-12 initiatives here.

If you’re part of a college or university… 

Active Minds has resources for: students, professors, faculty, administrators, and chapter advisors. 

Why: 39% of college students experience a significant mental health issue, and 75% of all mental health issues begin by age 24. College and university students need mental health resources, support, and community available before a crisis happens. 

What’s available: For college and university students, the easiest way to get involved in mental health advocacy and action on your campus is by joining or starting an Active Minds chapter on your campus. Active Minds chapters are student-led, school-based groups that lead conversation, culture change, and advocacy throughout their communities. We currently have more than 600 chapters operating nationwide – if you don’t have one at your school presently, check out our Chapter Network page to learn more about how to get started. 

For faculty, staff, and administrators, we encourage you to check out the following guides to help you navigate mental health on campus this school year: Creating a Culture of Caring, Transform Your Campus, and our Peer-to-Peer Wellness Guide. Students, feel free to utilize these guides as well – they can be a great discussion tool at your next chapter meeting! 

Learn more about our college and university programming here.

If you’re a member of the workforce… 

Active Minds has resources for: employees of all levels, management teams, and young professionals.

Why: One in five adults have a diagnosable mental illness – the effects felt from this don’t end when they get to work. By helping to create a culture of well-being and mental health proactivity, Active Minds’ workforce programming promotes employee satisfaction, longevity, and productivity.

What’s available: Active Minds’ @Work programming offers a fresh take on mental health in the workplace, inclusive of everyone while meeting the escalating needs and openness around the mental health of the next generation of young professionals. Through @Work, you can book mental health trainings, schedule an Active Minds Speaker who specifically speaks to workplace well-being, or volunteer with your team, packaging self-care boxes for local schools or community-based organizations. 

Additionally, for emerging professionals, we have opportunities for funded mental health research (the Emerging Scholars Fellowship) and scholarships to continue pursuing education in a mental health-related field (the Emerging Scholars Nash Family Scholarship).

Learn more about our programming for workforces and young professionals here.

For everyone!

Active Minds has resources for: everyone, regardless of age, background, or current circumstances!

Why: 50% of us will experience a mental health condition in our lifetime. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate, and we all play a role in changing the conversation about mental health – take the first step today. 

What’s available: For those looking to bring mental health tools and programming to their community, we encourage you to check out Send Silence Packing®, V-A-R®, Active Minds Speakers, and Project Wake Up. For those looking to reach a wider audience at a school, workplace, or community event, we encourage you to check out Send Silence Packing®, Active Minds Speakers, and Project Wake Up – all are great opportunities to start conversations about mental health with a wide audience. If you’re looking for more individualized resources, check out V-A-R® (or Validate-Appreciate-Refer, Active Minds’ tool for everyday conversations about mental health) and consider joining a training, and browse Behind the Backpacks, a virtual accompaniment to Send Silence Packing®, our traveling suicide prevention display.

Learn more about our community-focused programming here

With Active Minds’ mental health programs, there’s something for everybody, and we encourage you to learn more and chat with us about what would be the best fit for your needs. We’re here with you every step of the way as we change the culture around mental health together.