2020 Kick-off! Chapter Summit
for student leaders and advisors
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). During our annual Chapter Summit learn about new resources, tips, initiatives, and brand new campaigns that you can be a part of!
Monthly Chapter Chats
Join us for monthly 45-minutes conversations with professional staff, speakers, student leaders, and special guests. These interactive discussions will cover common chapter support and growth topics, public health best practices, cutting edge mental health research, and more.
Sign up for monthly Chapter Chats
See below for topics we’ll cover this fall and register for the session you would like to attend!
Thursdays, 7pm ET / 4pm PT
September 24: How to Be a Confident Mental Health Advocate: Mental Health Language
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!
October 15: Fundraising Fundamentals for Active Minds Spirit Week
Active Minds Spirit Week is a nationwide call-to-action that honors the five pillars of our work: awareness, education, advocacy, connection, and community. We will be celebrating from Monday, October 19th to Friday, October 23rd – and we are encouraging all our chapters to participate! We will be providing new tools and resources to help you spread the important work of your chapter and drive your fundraising efforts.
November 12: Online Campus Advocacy
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.
December 3: Mental Health Across Cultures
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.
January 21: Leadership Transition
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 continuing and moving to online platforms, students may need to spend more time ensuring that they have leaders and they are ready to handle what’s ahead. 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.
March 25: Story Sharing and Best Practices
Sharing a mental health story can be powerful, moving, emotional, cathartic, and can drive people to action but there are some best practices and things to be avoided when sharing stories to keep the person sharing and the audience safe and feeling ultimately hopeful. Learn more about the power of stories, how to share them, and how to host story-sharing programs.
April 22: Maintaining strong online-advocacy efforts
We’ll be having an interactive discussion between Active Minds staff, student leaders, and educators to share strategies for maintaining student’s mental health advocacy efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Including, accessibility to counseling services, chapter continuity, strategies for virtual engagement, and more. Learn about how you can stay connected through this semester and beyond.
May 6: Men in Mental Health
June is ‘Men’s Mental Health Month’ and men are almost half as likely to seek or receive treatment compared to women and other populations. Social barriers, systematic obstacles, and cultural stigmas have prevented them from attaining the help and resources they need and deserve. Join us for an insightful conversation with our very own Chapter’s Manager, Robyn Suchy, and Active Minds student leaders to learn about how to support these important conversations.