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Monthly Chapter Chats
Join us for monthly hour-long conversations led by students from the Student Advisory Committee about mental topics, Active Minds, and everything chapter-related. These interactive discussions will be a space for chapter members to connect, learn from, and speak with other chapter members. Topics include leadership transition, mental health messaging and language, online student engagement, and so much more.
Fall 2023 Semester Chat Schedule
Nov. 14, 2023
Boundary Setting and Time Off
Everyone deserves time to themselves, to relax, for self-care, and recharge, but it can be challenging to find this time when you’re a student balancing classes, your social life, and extracurricular activities, like being part of an Active Minds Chapter! Come join us for a conversation on how to manage your time and your own boundaries while juggling different priorities. Share and validate each other’s struggles, celebrate the wins, and discuss strategies.
Dec. 12, 2023
End of Year Celebration
We have almost made it through 2023, and congratulations on completing the Fall Semester or Fall Quarter! Come join us to talk about how you’re going to take care of yourself through finals, through winter break, and any ideas you have to get your chapter ready for the new year. Use this space to celebrate the wins you or your chapter had during the last few months and share any plans you have for your chapter in 2024!
Jan. 16, 2024
NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS: ARE RESOLUTIONS HELPFUL?
How can you apply the idea of resolutions so that they can be helpful? It is common to hear about people’s new years resolutions. Oftentimes, they relate to goals in someone’s personal or professional life; however, resolutions might not be so effective, and they may only last a few weeks, potentially only a few days. Also, sometimes resolutions can apply added pressure to our mental health. How can we use this idea of a resolution so that it is effective in both allowing us to attain our goals while maintaining well-being?
Feb. 13, 2024
INCLUDING MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY IN YOUR POST-GRAD LIFE/CAREER
The Active Minds chapter network is extensive and spans across many different colleges and high schools. There are also other ways to get involved with Active Minds as a student advocate whether it be through AMSA or the SAC. What happens after you graduate? Here we will discuss how you can continue to participate in mental health advocacy after graduation and throughout your career.
Mar. 12, 2024
THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-REFLECTION AND SELF-REFLECTION TIPS
Thinking about the events that have transpired in our lives is important to both gain a better understanding of ourselves and our future goals. In this chapter chat, we will emphasize the importance and benefits of self-reflection and the tools one can use to facilitate this process, such as journaling or using other mediums.
Apr. 9, 2024
LEADERSHIP AND MENTAL HEALTH
How to share your story and change the conversation around mental health in your community. As mental health advocates, we often take on a leadership role in our communities to talk about important topics (such as suicide prevention, anxiety management, self-care, etc.) and advocate for society’s increased awareness of topics surrounding mental health. In this chapter chat, we will discuss how to share your own story and motivations for doing this and how to approach speaking about these topics.
May 14, 2024
Previous Chapter Chats
Oct. 10, 2023
Chapter Recruitment and Retainment
As we are feeling more settled into the school year, come discuss how to increase your chapter numbers and keep your chapter members engaged! One of the more challenge aspects of being a part of student organizations is getting and keeping your members. Join this month’s chat to share your ideas, hear from your peers, and discuss this topic together.
Sept. 12, 2023
GETTING BACK INTO THE SCHOOL YEAR
Welcome back chapters! Join us for our first Chapter Chat of the year, we have an open conversation about starting the school year, getting back in the groove of school work, and ideas on how to make this upcoming semester a successful one for your chapters
April 17, 2023
LEADERSHIP TRANSITION PANEL
Topic: Leadership Transition
Description: An integral part of leadership is teaching the next generation of leaders what success looks like and how they can best achieve that through teamwork and organization. This month we will host a student panel discussion about Chapter Leadership transition, where we’ll be discussing best practices, tips, and strategies for transferring leadership responsibilities. This will include topics such as working with peers to working with campus faculty, staff, and administrators. Through chapter elections and other internal organization strategies, you’ll be able to learn about the best practices for a leadership changeover.
March 8, 2023
TRANSFORM YOUR CAMPUS: MENTAL HEALTH POLICY AND ADVOCACY
Topic: Policy and Advocacy
Description: Active Minds has been working with student leaders for years to provide you with the tools needed to instill formative change on your campuses and within your communities. Join student leaders and advocates to hear about their successes in changing campus or school policy. They’ll share resources and ideas about how you can start these conversations this semester and beyond.
Feb. 22, 2023
New Year, New Engagement
Topic: Student Engagement
Description: Maybe you’re looking for new and innovative ways to excite and engage your peers? Join us for a collaborative conversation with Active Minds Student Leaders and staff as we break down the successful components of virtual and in-person events and share about chapters’ most successful initiatives.
Jan. 25, 2023
SKY Campus Happiness
Topic: Happiness and Mindfulness
Description: In this session, SKY Campus Happiness senior instructors will share a powerful breathing practice, research and mindful tools to pick up less stress, and guided meditation to relax and rejuvenate you. You’ll also learn how you can partner with SKY Campus to bring resilience and mental well-being tools and practices to students on your campus! SKY Campus Happiness is a total well-being and resilience program offered on 108 campuses in the USA, which teaches students powerful evidence-based tools of breathwork, meditation, social connection, and leadership. The programs and techniques of SKY Campus transform an individual’s stress and negative emotions into increased energy, capacity and happiness. Who wouldn’t want more of that? Learn more about SKY Campus Happiness here!
Dec. 7, 2022
De-Stress with Active Minds
Topic: Coping with Stress & Anxiety
Description: For students, life revolves around the academic calendar. Neverending due dates, meetings, and assignments require constant attention and can become overwhelming throughout the semester. As you get ready for finals and exams, join Active Minds staff and Student Leaders as we brainstorm ways to combat stress in a healthy way.
Nov. 9, 2022
Let’s get Literate!: Mental Health Messaging
Topic: Mental Health Messaging
Description: It’s important to use the right words when we’re talking about mental health. Hear from your peers about top tips for educational discussions and how to implement inclusive language around suicide to help reduce stigma. You’ll leave this chat feeling empowered to change the conversation this semester and beyond!
Dec. 7, 2021
Tips for Talking About Your Mental Health
Description: Mental health can be hard to talk about, and sometimes it’s hardest to talk about with the people we’re closest to, like family members. As you get ready to spend more time with your loved ones this holiday season, join us as we brainstorm ways to have healthy and meaningful conversations with the important people in our lives.
Oct. 12, 2021
Description: Are you overwhelmed by the thought of engaging students in your school both virtually and/or in-person this year? Maybe you’re looking for new and innovative ways to excite and engage your peers? Join us for a collaborative conversation with Active Minds Student Leaders and staff as we break down the successful components of virtual and in-person events and share about chapters’ most successful initiatives.
Sep. 22, 2021
Active Minds Fall Pep Rally
Description: After an academic year, students are finally returning to school. Join us for the Active Minds Fall Pep Rally, where we’ll share about new resources and welcome new students to our network. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to hear from Active Minds staff, a special guest, and students, and more. See you there! And we’re excited to provide you with the tools and support to be the most successful advocate and leader you can be.
May 6, 2021
Active Minds Pep Rally
Description: It’s been a challenging year, given the transition to remote learning and the numerous responsibilities students have taken on in their personal and professional lives. And we want to celebrate with you! Join us as we say goodbye to graduating Active Minds student leaders, welcome new ones, and plan for the fall semester ahead. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to hear from Active Minds staff, a special guest, and students about Active Minds resources and more. See you there!
April 22, 2021
Leadership Transition Part 3
Description: Working with campus faculty, staff, and administrators to form partnerships helps promote stronger chapter longevity. To have a smooth transition of leadership, these relationships must be preserved and built upon by future chapter leaders. Through chapter elections and other internal organization strategies, you’ll be able to learn about the best practices for a leadership changeover in the third of our five-part series about Chapter Leadership Transition.
Mar. 25, 2021
Leadership Transition Part 2
Description: An integral part of leadership is teaching the next generation of leaders what success looks like and how they can best achieve that through teamwork and organization. This month, in the second of our five-part series about Chapter Leadership transition, we’ll be discussing best practices, tips, and strategies for transferring leadership responsibilities to your fellow peers.
Dec. 3, 2020
Mental Health Across Cultures
Description: Culture influences the definitions that we assign to our own mental health journeys. The way that students view their mental health journeys impacts their success on campus, in the workplace, at home, and beyond. Join our informative discussion with Active Minds staff and student ambassadors to learn more about the variabilities between student’s culture and how that impacts their success on campus.
Nov. 12, 2020
Online Campus Advocacy
Description: Active Minds has been working with our student leaders for years to provide you with the tools needed to instill formative change on your campuses and within your communities. This semester, we introduced a new campaign to create change by heightening the voices of BIPOC students – “Your Voice is Your Power”. We’ll have time to check in about your chapter’s progress, share resources, and ideas about how you can keep these conversations flowing next semester.
Sep. 24, 2020
How to Be a Confident Mental Health Advocate: Mental Health Language
Description: Launch your semester with Active Minds student leaders by putting your ideas into action. You’ll hear from your peers about top tips for educational discussions and how to implement inclusive language around suicide to help reduce stigma. You’ll leave this chat feeling empowered to change the conversation this semester and beyond!