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Join Active Minds for these special events to create community in a time of COVID-19 related social distancing.

Changing the Conversation About Mental Health

Upcoming Webinars

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Annual Chapter Summit

Active Minds National Staff

Intended for: Chapter leaders, members & advisors

Monday, August 17, 2020 at 4 PM ET / 1 PM PST

It’s time to kick off the new school year and, now, more than ever, young adult mental health is vital as we move into a nontraditional fall term. Whether you’re a brand new or established and thriving chapter, or looking for some support, we have the tips, information, and know-how for you to creatively sustain your chapter (virtually and in-person). Join us for our annual Chapter Summit to learn about new resources, tips, initiatives, and brand new campaigns that you can be a part of!

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Live Webinar Discussion

Beyond Orientation: Supporting First-Year Students’ Mental Health Virtually and Year-Round

John Cohill, University of Delaware Student
Michelle Pei, Student Leader, Ithaca College
Adam Cantley, Dean of Students, University of Delaware
Dr. Jennifer Keup, Executive Director, National Resource Center for The First Year Experience and Students in Transition

Robyn Suchy, Chapter Manager, Active Minds

Intended for: Chapter leaders, members & advisors

Monday, August 19, 2020 at 3 PM ET / 12 PM PST

The first year of college is a vulnerable time for many students even under the most normal circumstances. Now, amid uncertainty and increased threats to student mental health due to the pandemic and heightened awareness of racism, staff, faculty, and student leaders are working together to maintain support for the success, safety, social connection, and wellbeing of first-year students beyond orientation and most likely in a remote or hybrid learning environment. Join Active Minds, campus administrators, and student leaders to discuss building a strong FYE program that supports the whole student, beyond academics, through a comprehensive, strategic, year-round approach. Panelists will share data and insight into the successes and barriers of integrating mental health into FYE and actionable strategies for fostering a supportive mental health culture in a virtual environment this year.

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previously recorded webinars & discussions

Live Webinar Discussion

More than a Moment, A Conversation with BIPOC Student Mental Health Leaders

Anushka Gupta, John L. Miller Great Neck North High School
Bre Taylor, Recent Graduate of Pace University
Cayla M. Vertreese, Northwest Missouri State University
Da’Trevion Moss, University of Dubuque
Alexa Sass, UCLA
Nathan Omari, University of Houston Downtown

Saúl Valdez, Program Officer, College Success, ECMC Foundation

Intended for: all audiences

Held on Thursday, July 23, 2020

It is so important to amplify experiences, cultures, and communities who are oppressed and underrepresented not only in our country and in policies, but in the mental health space as well – especially now.

July is BIPOC Mental Health Month and throughout the month, Active Minds is elevating the voices and stories of BIPOC individuals. This webinar is one of those ways. During this roundtable discussion, students will share their own mental health journeys and experiences as BIPOC individuals.

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Live Webinar Discussion

LGBTQ+ Youth and Mental Health: Creating Community During COVID-19

Sam Briton and Keygan Miller, The Trevor Project
Robyn Suchy, Active Minds

Intended for: all audiences

Held on Wednesday, June 10, 2020

For LGBTQ+ youth, physical distancing may be decreasing their access to positive social interactions and increasing negative social interactions. Already, LGBTQ youth are disproportionally faced with unique challenges around housing instability, economic strains, and accessing responsive mental health services. Join Active Minds and the Trevor Project for an overview of implications of COVID-19 for LGBTQ+ youth mental health and join us for a group discussion around building a community for LGBTQ+ youth.

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Live Webinar Discussion

Using Data to Inform Mental Health Advocacy on College Campuses

Intended for: all audiences

Held on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Advocacy is a powerful tool that is used to create change on campus. Using data to inform these efforts can provide a powerful platform to inform audiences about the importance of mental health on college campuses and effectively advocate for change.

Join Active Minds and the Healthy Minds Network to discuss using data to advocate for change on your campuses.

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Greek Life Q&A

Maintaining Your Emotional Health while Compassionately Approaching Future Transitions with Your Chapters

Intended for: Greek Life Members and Chapter Leadership

Held on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Active Minds Speaker and Phired Up Business Development & Education Consultant, Dr. Colleen Coffey, EdD and President of PhiredUp, Matt Mattson will lead a thoughtful conversation and Q&A about maintaining emotional health while continuing to build a culture of caring among Greek life chapters through intentional communication and compassionate leadership at a distance. Colleen and Matt will encourage audiences to re-frame how we can continue to support one another even after the spring semester is over. They will discuss how we can approach the continued uncertainty about the upcoming fall semester, addressing chapter support and recruitment, while considering the many life-changing moments we have all experienced as a collective.

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Remote Community Building

Student Chat

Intended for: Students, Young Adults, Active Minds Chapter members and Chapter advisors

Held on Thursday, May 21, 2020

College is more than an academic experience, and the community that you form on campus can be difficult to replicate online. In this interactive discussion with Active Minds staff and student leaders you’ll brainstorm strategies to get the most out of your time over the summer to build collaborative partnerships and support your campus community in the fall term. This weekly event is limited to 100 student participants.

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The Mental Health Impact of Pandemic-Related Racism

Panel Conversation

Intended for: all audience

Held on Thursday, May 14, 2020

Communities of people in the United States are experiencing ignorance-fueled hate speech, prejudice, and in some cases, violence around the pandemic. On top of the fear and anxiety that is nearly ubiquitous around the virus itself, these communities are facing fear and anxiety with the rampant spread of misinformation, perpetuating racism on a macro scale. Join us for a dynamic conversation about the mental health impacts of racism as it relates to the coronavirus.

Featured Speakers:

Diana Chao, Active Minds Speaker and Founder of Letters to Strangers

David Rivera, Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Queens College, City University of New York and Advisor with The Steve Fund

Sasha Zhou, Doctoral Candidate (University of Michigan Department of Health Management and Policy), Data and Analysis Manager of the Healthy Minds Study

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Student Chat

Leadership Recruitment & Transition

Intended for: Students, Young Adults, Active Minds Chapter members and Chapter advisors

Held on Thursday, May 7, 2020

Recruiting and building a strong leadership team for your campus mental health group has always been a core pillar of success. With the spring terms finishing online students may need to spend more time ensuring that they have leaders and they are ready to handle the summer and fall terms. Join this interactive discussion led by Active Minds staff and student leaders to share strategies, work through concerns, and brainstorm ways to keep your team strong and connected.

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Student Chat

Special Guest Feature, Nod!

Intended for: Students, Young Adults, Active Minds Chapter members and Chapter advisors

Held on Thursday, April 30, 2020

In times of crisis, social connection is more important than ever. Which is why Active Minds’ partners Hopelab and Grit Digital Health developed Nod. Nod is a research-backed app that offers tips to help build and deepen social connections while staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nod app is free and available in the Apple and Google Play stores. Join members of the Nod team to see how the app works, share your feedback to help shape the app, and discuss mental health among students through the pandemic.

Relationship Skills

Managing Limits and Expectations During COVID-19

Maddy Collins and Gabby Citrone, EMBRACE Pittsburgh
Dr. Carla D. Chugani, PhD, LPC, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Kell Wilkinson, Active Minds

Intended for: All Audiences

Held on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Social distancing and staying home due to COVID-19 have shifted living environments and relationship dynamics.  Understandably, some people are facing challenges managing relationships in isolation and in close quarters with roommates, family, significant others, and friends. Active Minds in partnership with the Citrone 33 Foundation, invite you to join us with EMBRACE Pittsburgh and Dr. Carla Chugani, PhD, LPC, to learn practical strategies in embedding effective tenets of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) into the everyday. Participants can expect to learn DEAR MAN, GIVE and FAST skills which are key to interpersonal effectiveness and managing relationships.

Anxiety in the Time of COVID-19

Panel Discussion featuring:

Kai Roberts, Active Minds Speaker
Gil Perez, Personal Counselor
Juhee Agrawal, Active Minds Student Advisory Board President

Intended for: All Audiences

Held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

We are living through an unprecedented time of ambiguity, disappointment, financial struggles, and more. Whether or not we have a history of anxiety, many of us are experiencing it now. Join our panel for a discussion about coping in a time when many of our typical outlets may be compromised, being someone who is well, but worried, and adjusting to our temporary new “normal”.

Fireside Chat

Careers and Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19, with Active Minds Alumni, Maria & Adam

Intended for: Students (particularly the graduating class of 2020) and Recent Alumni

In light of the drastic changes to traditional employment opportunities due to COVID-19, Active Minds Alumni, Maria Rios and Adam Newton, will host a webinar-based discussion and Q&A about the resources available to help you succeed with career conversations and managing your mental health during the process.

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Supporting a Healthy Campus Community During COVID-19

Insights from Healthy Campus Awardees

Intended for: All Audiences

Held on Thursday, April 23, 2020

Last month, COVID-19 left campuses scrambling to move operations online, including efforts to support the health and well-being of students. This webinar will provide an opportunity for campuses to hear from each other about (a) how COVID-19 has impacted healthy campus initiatives this spring, and (b) what awardees are thinking about and preparing for ahead of the next academic year, anticipating that students will have increased mental health need as a result of the pandemic. A panel of Healthy Campus Awardees will share their efforts and answer questions during this free, interactive session for up to 500 participants.

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Student Chat

Online Campus Advocacy

Intended for: Students, Young Adults, Active Minds Chapter members and Chapter advisors

Held on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Join an interactive discussion with Active Minds staff and student leaders to learn about strategies and initiatives being advocated for around the country to support student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic including flexible grading structures, accessibility of counseling services, continued campus employment, and more. This weekly event is limited to 100 students per week.

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LIVE Webinar Discussion

Student Athlete Mental Health During COVID-19

Intended for: All audiences (especially Student Athletes) 

Held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Due to COVID-19, student athletes may be struggling with disruptions to their schedule and training, disconnection from their teammates, or feeling disappointed about the cancelled season. Fortunately, mental health practitioners and athletic departments are meeting this challenge by providing online support and other resources. A panel of experts will answer questions from student athletes during this free, interactive session for up to 500 participants.

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Actor Zachary Levi joined Alison Malmon on Facebook LIVE

Held on Thursday, April 2, 2020

To offer some fun while we stay home and #flattenthecurve, we were thrilled to welcome Active Minds Ambassador, mental health advocate, and award-winning actor Zachary Levi (SHAZAM!, TANGLED, CHUCK) into a Facebook Live conversation with Active Minds Executive Director, Alison Malmon, to chat about mental health while physical distancing and share fun life stories in this open-to-all coffee chat.

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Communicating in Quarantine

Tips to Encourage Mental Wellness in Close Quarters

Intended for: Young Adults, Parents, Remote Workers, Neighbors/Community Members

Held on Thursday, March 26, 2020

All over the country, families, communities, schools, and workplaces are facing feelings of isolation and challenges with communicating with others as a result of widespread campus and workplace closures; individuals balancing multiple responsibilities in a shared space with each other and other family members or roommates; colleagues, students, faculty, and administrators continuing their work through online formats; and members of the community working to support their most vulnerable neighbors while practicing physical distancing. This webinar shared easy, practical ways we can start supporting each other better right now through active listening.

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Student Chat

Student-Led Mental Health Advocacy in an Era of Physical Distancing

Intended for: Student Mental Health Advocates (including Active Minds Chapter leaders)

Held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

In an unprecedented moment for higher education, students continue to lead the way with innovative, creative, and impactful ideas to support the mental health needs of their peers. This interactive meeting and discussion, led by Active Minds, shared strategies students have employed to maintain connection, educate and support mental health and wellness, and build community at a time of increased anxiety, isolation, and instability among students.

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Sleep, Self-Care, and Sharing a Productive, Healthy Indoor Environment

Everything Students Need to Know About Mental Health During COVID-19

Intended for: Students

Held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Millions of students have been displaced due to COVID19-related school closures and are curious about practicing self-care, creating a productive, healthy indoor environment, talking to their parents about mental health while quarantined and more. In this special event, Dr. Jennifer Hartstein and Dr. Kristen Lee share their best tips for all of these questions and more during this free, interactive discussion.

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