Active Minds is Hiring a Chief Operating Officer & Communications Coordinator

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CiQvE35WUAAM1mgAre you passionate about mental health awareness? Are you looking to join an innovative and fun team? Active Minds is hiring for two positions — you might be the person we’re looking for!

We’re currently hiring for a Chief Operating Officer and Communications Coordinator.

The COO is responsible for assisting in the management of the day-to-day operations of Active Minds. Reporting to the Executive Director,the COO will provide leadership and supervision for human resources, technology, finances, and partnerships and assist the ED in determining the operational objectives that best support the organization’s mission and long-range goals.

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Active Minds is the Chosen Charity for “The Price Is Right Primetime Special: Big Brother Edition”

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Keep an ear out on Tuesday night when host Drew Carey asks contestants which charity they’re playing for on “The Price is Right Primetime Special: Big Brother Edition.”

“Active Minds” is the answer you’ll hear!

The special primetime episode of "The Price is Right" features host Drew Carey as well as Julie Chen, host of the reality show "Big Brother."

The special primetime episode of “The Price is Right” features host Drew Carey and Julie Chen, host of the reality show “Big Brother,” along with contestants playing to benefit Active Minds.

This special evening episode of The Price is Right airs on Tuesday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

The show is a special takeover edition featuring houseguests from the hit reality TV show Big Brother, Seasons 2 through 17. Former Big Brother contestants team up with “super fans” of the show who’ve been chosen to “come on down.” Big Brother host Julie Chen also appears on the episode.

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Houseguests from previous seasons of “Big Brother” compete on the primetime edition of “The Price is Right” to benefit Active Minds.

We sincerely thank the contestants, The Price is Right, and Big Brother for selecting Active Minds as one of two charities the show will benefit.

Active Minds is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help seeking. Together we are changing the culture on campuses and reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health for this and future generations. 

We welcome you to join this important national movement! Donate to Active Minds »

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Registration is Now Open for #MHCC16

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Greetings from Sacramento

We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for the 13th National Mental Health on Campus Conference! #MHCC16 will be held November 4-6, 2016 at Sacramento State in Sacramento, California.

This is the only national conference addressing college student mental health and young adult advocacy. The conference brings together hundreds of experts, change-agents and leaders from across the country and educates, energizes and inspires the next generation of mental health advocates.

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Emerging Scholars Fellowship: Mental Health Within R&B and Hip-Hop Music

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Janelle is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Janelle and her fellow scholars here.

Recent media conversations surrounding mental health have increased after R&B singer Kehlani publically (and bravely) shared her struggles following a recent suicide attempt. Trouble ensued after Kehlani uploaded a photo of herself in a hospital bed shortly after being admitted. Since then many people, both celebrities and fans alike, have criticized and horrifically taunted Kehlani, claiming that the attempt to end her life was fabricated and was only done in efforts to gain attention.

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First, we must recognize that invalidating a survivor’s lived experience is both despicable and cruel. There is no place for it. Moreover, we as a culture must remember that the famous people we place on pedestals are just that— people— who are prone to experience the same kinds of hurt and pain that you and I encounter every day. Sometimes, life just happens. And in those moments it does not matter who you are, where you are from, or how many followers you have, because life can and will eventually hurt.

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Victoria is Ready to Take on the World

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Students who lead Active Minds chapters are among the best and the brightest on college campuses. They are part of a new generation that is speaking openly, acting courageously, and changing the conversation around mental health.
Case in point — Victoria Pae, outgoing president of the Active Minds chapter at Boston University, who inspires us in so many ways. Read her story below!

During freshman year at Boston University, I wouldn’t admit I had a problem. Everyone else seemed to have it together. I kept telling myself it was all in my head, to just get over it.

And then I found Active Minds.

It was through the BU chapter that I realized it’s ok to ask for help. Because of Active Minds, I ended up getting support for the anxiety I was battling. The chapter members there never judged me; they strengthened me with hope.

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Emerging Scholars Fellowship: What Active Minds and My Project Has Taught Me

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Corey is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Corey and her fellow scholars here.

Wow, it’s already my last blog post.  Where did the time go?

It’s been a hectic semester of running around trying to get everything done, but I made it and my project is finally finished!  In the beginning of the semester, I originally hoped to prove the difference anonymity could have on cyber-bystanders and cyberbullying.  Unfortunately due to my small sample size, I was unable to definitively show that effect.  However, I found other interesting results that hadn’t anticipated. Continue Reading

Emerging Scholars Fellowship: A (Heroic) Journey of Struggle, Strength and Human Flourishing (Pt. I)

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Alfred is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Alfred and his fellow scholars here.

Hey everyone, I hope all is well. It’s been a while and a lot has happened since my last post. Currently, I am wrapping up this project!

Yeah, I know. It’s exciting but also very overwhelming. Next week, I submit this project, which is also m undergraduate honors thesis for the Education department and the week following, I defend my thesis. Thus, in the midst of all this craziness, this post will be split up into several parts, all of which will be looking at the findings, importance, implications, and conclusions of this research.

In reflecting back on the entire journey and also, in thinking about how to present this research, I am reminded of this question: What is the goal of this research? It was and still is, in essence, to highlight a different story of mental health.

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From the Board: If You Haven’t Got Your Health…

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Jeremy Shure is a member of Active Minds’ Board of Directors. He can be reached at shure@me.com.

jeremySince losing my friend to suicide, I’ve been particularly focused on mental health and in working toward a world where people do not have to suffer in silence.

Last month there was a Facebook post that received more than a million views. I noticed because it was posted by a nonprofit that I advise and it was an order of magnitude more views than usual.

What got all the attention?

The post featured an image with a single simple statement:

“Mental Health is Just as Important as Physical Health.”

The likes and the comments came pouring in. The statement resonated because it’s something that isn’t said or recognized enough.

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Why Your Story Is Important (And I Want to Help You Tell It)

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I have had the privilege of traveling around the country for the last six years telling my story of struggling with anorexia, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder when I was in college. As you can imagine, I had excellent trainers who helped me to capture the most important aspects of the story and interweave them with important, empowering information about mental health and how we can all work together to make progress toward healthier communities.

For awhile now, I have been wanting to offer a similar training to amazing Active Minds student leaders across the country. And this summer, thanks to a grant from philosophy, I get to offer our first online mental health story sharing course!

The course is based on four basic tenets. If these resonate with you, I encourage you to sign-up for more information!

  1. Everyone’s story is important.

There is no minimum threshold your story has to clear to make it “interesting enough.” Everyone has a story to tell and that should be heard.

  1. Everyone has the power to change minds about mental health.

Anyone who has a story to tell has the power to reduce stigma. It’s true. The research bears it out. The most effective way to reduce stigma is to come in contact with someone who has struggled with their mental health and hear their story.

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Chapters: 7 Things to Do Before the Semester Ends

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You’ve planned events, raised money, tabled, chalked and truly engaged your campus in conversations about mental health. Finally, the end of the year is here and we want to congratulate you on all your hard work! Whether you’re graduating or just wrapping up the school year, we need you to check off a few last items before you check out for summer.

This will be your to-do list soon!

1. Seniors: Provide us with your permanent contact information for once you leave school. Your school email address will expire eventually and we want to stay in touch. Pass along this form to the other seniors in your chapter so they can stay connected to Active Minds!

2. Help us bring Active Minds to more students next year! We still have $30,000 to go before we reach our national fundraising goal. By raising at least $300 by June 30, you’ll earn your chapter an expanded awareness campaign kit this fall and a higher chapter rating. Submit your funds online or by mail by June 30.

3. Ask family and friends to donate to national mental health awareness through your fundraising page as a graduation gift to you.

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