10 Things You Should Know About Minority Mental Health
By Alyse Ruriani
July is Minority Mental Health Month! It is dedicated to creating awareness and discussion about mental health in minority communities, in order to increase their access to mental health care and treatment. We know that mental illness affects everyone despite their differences, so we want everyone to work towards equality among mental health care.
Here are 10 facts about Minority Mental Health to get you thinking. Read and then join the discussion on social media using #MMHM.
- Teenage Latinas are more likely to commit suicide than female teens from any other racial group. (2012 CDC Report)
MMHM-01 Learn more/get involved: National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health
- Less than 1 in 11 Latinos with mental disorders contact mental health care specialists. (2001 Surgeon General Report)
MMHM-02 Learn more/get involved: The National Latino Behavioral Health Association
- The suicide rate for adolescent Native Americans is 2-5 times the rate for whites in the same age group. (Office of Minority Mental Health)
MMHM-03 Learn more/get involved: Indian Health Service Division of Behavioral Health
- LGB youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide compared to their straight peers. (2011 CDC Report)
MMHM-04 Learn more/get involved: The Trevor Project
- Native American males ages 15-24 account for 64 percent of all suicides among Native Americans. (2001 Surgeon General Report)
MMHM-05 Learn more/get involved: Mental Health America- Native American Communities
- Among women aged 15-24, Asian American females have the highest suicide rates across all racial/ethnic groups. (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
MMHM-06 Learn more/get involved: National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
- From 1999 to 2004, suicide was the third leading cause of death for African Americans between ages 15-24. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
MMHM-07 Learn more/get involved: Black Mental Health Alliance for Education and Consultation, Inc.
- Only 1 out of 3 African Americans who need mental health care receive it. (American Psychiatric Association)
MMHM-08 Learn more/get involved: National Leadership Council on African American Behavioral Health
- In 2012, 14 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives age 18+ had co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. (SAMHSA)
MMHM-10 Learn more/get involved: The National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
- Recovery is possible for everyone.
Date July 1, 2015
Author Alyse Ruriani
Tags Minority Mental Health Month
15 Autumn Wellness Tips to Keep You Healthy This Fall
August 17, 2015August 14, 2015Alyse Ruriani
autumn wellness FBThe transition from summer to fall can be a challenge. To help ease the change, we have put together 15 Autumn Wellness Tips to get you ready for the colder months and keep your mental (and physical!) health in check.
Start taking a Vitamin D supplement. We get most of our Vitamin D from the sun, so our intake decreases when the weather is colder since we spend most of our time inside during the fall/winter seasons. If you find you are not getting outside much, a Vitamin D supplement can boost your mood and immune system!
Take some time to yourself. Autumn and winter are the Earth’s way of telling us to slow down. Start a journal or track your moods to get more in touch with how your feeling.
Get your flu shot and yearly check-up. Self explanatory! No one likes sniffling and aching and sneezing and coughing getting in the way of life. Yuck.
You don’t want to be Sicky Vicky
Boost your immune system. You can do this by drinking plenty of water, washing your hands often to prevent sickness, and eating nutritious foods.
Get yourself ready for Daylight Savings Time. Go to bed earlier when you can, especially the week before the clocks change. Longer periods of darkness = longer periods of sleep!
Don’t forget to change any manual clocks (like an alarm clock!)
Make some plans for the cold months. In the winter, we tend to hibernate if we don’t have things to keep us busy.
Moisturize your skin. Harsh temperatures can make your skin dry. Also, you still should be wearing sunscreen.
Buy in-season food. Beets, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, kale, pumpkin, broths, roasted squash, roots and sautéed dark leafy greens are all great choices.
I don’t think Pumpkin Spice Lattes count, but you do you.
Stay active! It can be easy to just sit around all the time, but it’s important to get in some movement throughout the day. Raking leaves or shoveling snow counts!
Wear layers and protect your body from the dropping temperature. Make sure you have gloves, a scarf, ear muffs, a winter coat, warm socks, and snow boots!
Don’t forget a snowsuit!
Do some “spring cleaning” in the fall. Clean out your closet, organize that back room, and rid yourself of things you don’t need.
Prepare your home for possible extreme weather conditions. Do you have a shovel and/or snow blower? Do your flashlights have batteries? Is your heat working okay?
Get some books to read and shows to watch. Who doesn’t want to sit by the fire on chilly winter nights and read a good book or binge-watch some Netflix?
Just don’t get too engrossed… make sure to shower and change your clothes!
Keep a schedule. The cold months can seem to drag on and push us into isolation. Stay on track by scheduling time in your day to do things you like to do.
Be kind to yourself. The holidays can cause weight gain, the shorter days can cause low mood, and the flu season can cause sickness. Listen to your body and give it what it needs, and don’t beat yourself up! Try reframing negative thoughts into positive ones.
Meredith Grey speaks the truth, and now you can have her tell you via cute sticker.
Meredith Grey speaks the truth, and now you can have her tell you via this cute sticker.
Why You Should Take Active Minds’ First Online Course
By Maggie Bertram
Transform You|Transform Your Campus is Active Minds, Inc.’s first online course! In six weeks, with small commitments each week, you can enhance your leadership skills exponentially for years to come.
The first course convenes on January 25, 2016. Chapter members and non-chapter student leaders can find out more and register at www.ActiveMinds.org/TYTYC.
Since we’re all a little new to this, we thought we’d let you know why joining one of our Spring 2016 cohorts is worth your time.
Get In on the Ground Floor
You would be the first of all the cohorts of Active Minds leaders to participate. You would literally be making history.
Learn More About Your Personal Leadership Style
Leadership is important now and will be for the rest of your life. This course will help you learn how to use your leadership identity to your greatest advantage.
Get Real Time Advice
Interaction is at the core of this course. Bring your real time leadership challenges to peers from across the country to get advice.
Beef Up That Résumé
This course will give you tangible, transferrable skills you can put on a résumé.
Create real bonds with chapter members and Active Minds staff across the Active Minds Network.
For real. Serious, long-lasting change. It’s like giving a gift to the future.
Need more information? Go to www.ActiveMinds.org/TYTYC to learn more!
Date January 12, 2016
Author Maggie Bertram
Tags Transform Your Campus
Category: Emerging Scholars Fellowship
Meet Our 2018 Class of Emerging Scholar Fellows!
January 24, 2018 Laura Horne
Active Minds is excited to introduce the incredible 2018 Class of Emerging Scholar Fellows, six young researchers participating in an Active Minds fellowship to study mental health. Over the next five months, the scholars will conduct research and work on completing their fellowship projects. More information about the scholars: Andre Banerjee, The Ohio State University…
2017 Emerging Scholars Wrap Up
August 14, 2017 August 11, 2017 Emily Armstrong
Congratulations to the 2017 cohort of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship! After an incredible semester of hard work, the 2017 cohort of Emerging Scholars Fellows made some impressive contributions to the field of behavioral health. Each scholar worked incredibly hard alongside their campus advisor and program mentor, and came out with insightful findings and discoveries. To…
Meet the Scholar
April 6, 2017 Nate Sawyer
This post was written by Nate Sawyer, one of our 2017 Emerging Scholars. Over the course of the next few months, Nate’s “Dear Emory” project will focus on the investigation, and artistic presentation, of student oral histories of mental health experiences at Emory University. You can read more about his project here. Hi everyone! My…
Meet the Scholar
March 28, 2017 Alyse Ruriani
This post was written by Alyse Ruriani, one of our 2017 Emerging Scholars. Over the course of the next few months, Alyse is creating “What Now? A Creative Workbook Journal Thing,” which will be a book featuring creative prompts to help users process and express emotions in a visual, cheeky way. You can read more about…
Meet the Scholar
March 21, 2017 March 27, 2017 Khushbu Patel
This post was written by Khushbu Patel, our 2017 Stephen C. Rose Legacy Scholar in the 2017 Emerging Scholars cohort. Over the course of the next few months, Khushbu is focusing her project on employing qualitative methodology to understand how culture influences the way South Asians conceptualize ‘mental health.’ You can read more about her…
Meet the Scholar
March 14, 2017 Emily Armstrong
This post was written by Natalie Oman, one of our 2017 Emerging Scholars. Over the course of the next few months, Natalie is focusing her research on the mental health needs of sexual assault victims on college campuses and the mental health services provided by college campus first responders. You can read more about her project…
Meet the Scholar
March 8, 2017 Katherine Nieweglowski
Why is the trigger warning debate important to me? That’s a good question. It is not because I have ever needed trigger warnings. Rather, it is because I feel that it is largely a conversation about students, without students. I first became aware of the controversy when the University of Chicago (UC) released a letter…
What Now? A Creative Workbook Journal Thing
February 28, 2017Alyse Ruriani
Throughout my illness and recovery, I have always been drawn to self-help books. Even when I was in treatment, I was often working through a self-help workbook in between sessions. It was my way really committing myself to recovery — I was doing the work on my own as well as with my therapist. I…
Meet the Scholar
February 22, 2017 February 21, 2017 Alex Budenz
This post was written by Alex Budenz, one of our 2017 Emerging Scholars. Over the course of the next few months, Alex is working to quantify the stigma and social support surrounding bipolar disorder on the social media platform, Twitter. You can read more about her project here. Hi everyone! My name is Alex, and…
Meet Our 2017 Emerging Scholars Fellowship Class
January 24, 2017 January 25, 2017 Emily Armstrong
We’re excited to introduce you to the incredible Class of 2017 of our Emerging Scholars Fellowship, an Active Minds program that grants funding to young researchers studying mental health. Over the course of the next five months, the scholars will be conducting research and working on their fellowship projects. They’ll post updates on the blog,…
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Back to School
9 Mental Health Items Every Student Needs on Their Back-to-School Shopping List
By Lauren Abdill
Did you know that when you shop Amazon Smile, a portion of all your sales can go to Active Minds and our life-saving work? Pretty cool, huh? Start shopping at smile.amazon.com and help us change the world!
Now that August is officially upon us, it’s time for new and returning college students to get ready to head back to campus. And with that comes the endless back-to-school shopping trips so you can stock up on everything you need — textbooks, snacks, school supplies, dorm decorations and so much more.
But do you have anything on that list to help support your mental health? Take a look at these nine items, all of which have helped me better take care of my mental (and physical) health during the school year.
It’s one of the most important (and most frequently sacrificed) aspects of mental health maintenance — especially for college students. I’m a big fan of sleep (and good sleep at that). Here are some of the products I’ve used to help myself get eight full hours of shut-eye each night:
- A White Noise Sound Machine ($49.89)
This handy gadget is perfect for anyone who has a noisy roommate. It has a built-in fan that re-creates the sound of rushing air, creating “white noise” and effectively blocking out noise on a broad range of frequencies. Fraternity brothers chanting outside? No problem. Roommate stumbling in after a fun night out? You can’t hear them, you’re fast asleep.
Date August 4, 2016
Author Lauren Abdill
Tags Back to School, mental health, physical health
Juliana Kerrest: New School Year Means New Opportunities
By Juliana Kerrest
Juliana Philippa Kerrest is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is a member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau. Bring Juliana to your campus to speak about mental health!
Summer is over, and school is back! The new school year was always something I looked forward to, as it symbolized a fresh start, a clean slate. It was like a reset button, presenting a brand new set of opportunities and possibilities.
Much to my surprise, six years after graduating from college, I find myself back in the same situation as I prepare for my first year in graduate school, and much to my delight, I am filled with the same enthusiasm. Don’t misunderstand, there is also a healthy dose of anxiety mixed in — I have had to quit my job, leave my boyfriend and friends, and move to an unfamiliar city — but when it comes to new beginnings, fear and excitement often seem to be two sides of the same coin.
Date August 31, 2015
Author Juliana Kerrest
Tags Active Minds Speakers Bureau, Back to School, Juliana Kerrest
5 Tips to Get You Ready for the Fall Semester
By Laura Porter
A new school year is upon us, and we’re pretty excited. To help you get ready for the semester, we’ve put together five tips that you can use to have a great start to the year.
Starting a new year back at school can be exciting, but with new classes, adjusting to campus life and getting back on a schedule, the new school year can also bring stress. When your brain gets stress, your body experiences stress as well. It begins to release chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol, which really takes a toll on your body. Make sure to carve out some quiet time in your day–read, go for a walk, listen to a guided meditation–do something that makes you slow down and calms your mind. Your body will thank you.
Date August 24, 2015
Author Laura Porter
Tags Back to School, self-care
Chapter of the Month: Active Minds at Connecticut College
By Jaclyn Webber
blog 12Beginning this spring, the Chapters Team will recognize one chapter each month and spotlight their creative and interesting programming. This month, we are proud to recognize Active Minds at Connecticut College for their “I Have a Therapist” campaign.
Date January 26, 2015
Author Jaclyn Webber
Tags Back to School, mental health, stigma, stress, treatment
How to Rock Recruitment this Fall
By Chapters Team
10644040_351747688314568_1834791899_nRecruiting new members during the fall semester can be tough — there are so many other clubs and activities to compete with. But don’t worry, we’re here to help.
Your school’s student orientation fair is a great place to recruit members and Active Minds Suicide Prevention Month campaign this month is a fantastic way to spread the word about your chapter.
Use our materials and resources to organize your own campaign.This year’s theme is Silence Hurts us All and we are excited to announce our new corresponding social media campaign, #ReasonsISpeak.
Here are some tips you can use to boost your membership this fall: Continue Reading
Date September 15, 2014
Author Chapters Team
Tags Back to School, Recruitment
Back to School Message from Your SAC President
By TK Truong
unnamedMy name is TK Truong and I am president of the Active Minds Student Advisory Committee and a member of Active Minds at UC Berkeley.
I know firsthand that the new school year can be stressful, whether you’re going to college for the first time or returning for another semester. Every school year seems to bring about different challenges with seemingly higher stakes and expectations.
During my sophomore year, I relapsed in my depression. Despite being a mental health advocate, it wasn’t until then that I made my first appointment with a therapist at my university’s counseling center. Continue Reading
Date August 18, 2014
Author TK Truong
Tags Back to School, Student Advisory Committee
10 Steps You Can Take to Get Ready for the Semester
By Amanda Uhme
It’s the time of year again, chapter members. Summer has flown by and you’re back to changing the conversation around mental health on your campus.
It can be hard to get into the swing of things again, we get it. A lot of times, you feel like this:
So we came up with a handy list to help you feel like this:
Date August 14, 2014
Author Amanda Uhme
Tags Back to School
Tag: mental health
Things to Remember in 2018
January 2, 2018Angela Gillis
This morning a lot of people around the world woke up with one or two or maybe a handful of New Years resolutions on their mind. If you’re one of those people, go you! I believe in resolutions and the importance of goal setting and the power of a new year, but I didn’t set…
Campus Mental Health “Crisis” or “Opportunity”?
December 18, 2017 January 1, 2018 Laura Horne
We see it every day in the headlines: “The Hidden Mental Health Crisis in America’s Schools.” “Everyone Must Confront Our Mental Health Crisis.” “Are We Facing a Campus Mental Health Epidemic?” Many of these publications are referring to a challenge many U.S. colleges and universities are facing today due to a mix of factors. An…
#MeToo: Sharing Your Story on Your Own Terms
December 5, 2017 December 5, 2017 Becky Fein
Becky Fein is a member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau. Bring her to your campus or organization to share her story. I was shocked at how long it took me to type the words “me too” into a status update on Facebook. For nearly a week I watched my social media feeds fill up…
#ActiveMindsCon17: The Highlights
November 15, 2017Active Minds Staff
Here at Active Minds headquarters, we look forward to Conference weekend All. Year. Long. It’s the best! Thank you for joining us in Washington, DC for the nation’s largest conference focused on students and mental health. We had a blast, learned a lot, and we’re excited to continue changing the conversation about mental health…together. <3…
The Power of Self Care for Mental Health Professionals in Times of Crisis
November 1, 2017December 12, 2017Active Minds Staff
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, likely will rank among the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. Their fury upended millions of lives and left behind unknown numbers of traumatized survivors. Many of these survivors will turn to mental health professionals to cope with the aftermath. More and more social workers are being enlisted to help…
What Can You As a Parent Do?
October 18, 2017 Active Minds Staff
Check out our new checklist, created especially for parents of high school seniors and those with students already in college. The dream? That every parent gets a copy of Your Student at College: A Mental Health Checklist and takes the tips to heart! Share the checklist with all the parents you know. Each of the seven…
NFL Players Team Up With Active Minds!
September 25, 2017Active Minds Staff
We’re thrilled to let you know — the NFL Players Association and Active Minds have teamed up for the 2017 season on a league-wide mental health campaign. Each NFL player on all 32 teams received Active Minds’ exclusive “The World Needs You Here” bracelet to help spread our message of help and hope. As Arizona…
EXPECTO PATRONUM! A Spell or a mantra?
July 18, 2017 Pablo Campos
Ever since being introduced to the Harry Potter books in elementary school I’ve felt a strong connection to the magical world that has taken me beyond that which I sometimes feel with my real life acquaintances. Attending book and movie releases helped me have something to look forward to, the characters’ growth something to guide…
NSCS & Active Minds
July 10, 2017Active Minds Staff
We’re so thrilled to announce our new partnership with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars! Full transcript of the video below. Alison: Hello, Active Minds. I’m excited to be here with my friend, Steve Loflin, to announce our new partnership with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Steve: NSCS was an organization that I really…
Active Minds T-shirt Design Contest Update
June 13, 2017Active Minds Staff
The Active Minds T-shirt Design contest is in full swing and we’ve received so many wonderful submissions, we just had to share a few of them with you. Every entry tells a different story of hope and resilience and we couldn’t be more proud of everyone who has taken the time to create something from…
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Pledge for Mental Health Unity
5 Things you can do to end the stigma surrounding mental illness
By Laura Porter
Today is our day, stigma fighters — it’s National Day Without Stigma! We’ve got five tips for you to help combat the stigma surrounding mental illness today and everyday. Keep up the good work and use these tools to fight stigma on your campus.
- Sign the Mental Health Unity Pledge. We’re really excited to unveil today a brand new Active Minds program that seeks to create safe spaces for people to speak openly about mental health. Sign the Pledge and receive a sticker, to hang up in your dorm room or in your car. This will symbolize to other people that it is a safe space to talk about mental illness. Together, we can help create a community where no one is afraid to speak out.
Date October 6, 2014
Author Laura Porter
Tags national day without stigma, Pledge for Mental Health Unity, stigma
News from Active Minds / Prevention & Awareness
Thank You to Our 2016 Casino Night DC Sponsors
October 10, 2016 Alison Malmon
Over the weekend, #StigmaFighters joined together at Active Minds’ Annual DC Casino Night. This spectacular event would not be possible without the support of our dedicated sponsors, who are truly going all in to support college student mental health awareness.
I want to send a big thank you to the following Corporate & Individual for help making this event a reality:
Melissa & Bradley Blanken
Antoinette & Dwight Bush
Ronya Corey & Merrill Lynch
Kim & John Cutler
Paul Di Vito & John Silvia
Ginny Feldman & Andy Wohl
Leslie & John Friedson
Julie & Marc Kantor
William J. Lammers
Charla & Steven Lerman
Karen & Bruce Levenson
This event would also not be possible without our dedicated Host Committee. Special thanks to these fine folks: