Active Minds relies on generous contributions from individuals and partner organizations to create awareness around mental health and encourage help-seeking across the country. Here are a few of the many amazing achievements that were made possible by donor support in 2015.
1. University of Michigan students experienced Send Silence Packing thanks to the support of The George Orley Mental Wellness Initiative. This gift ensured that hundreds of students received information about suicide prevention and learned where to go for help. “I didn’t realize what was going on today so when I walked up and saw backpacks scattered I thought there had been some sort of student rapture, all these students doing homework out on the lawn and then they just disappeared,” one student noted. “And then, I kind of realized – that’s exactly what happened. There all these students that should have been here, and aren’t.”
2. The University of Central Florida hosted a “Smashing Stigma” event thanks to your individual contributions that finance the Chapter Development Fund. The CDF provides our student groups with small grants to host mental health programming on campus. More than 60,000 UFC students were given information about mental health and the stigma that surrounds it, and asked to write a stigma on a pumpkin. Students then rallied together and smashed their pumpkins to provide a visual representation of eliminating mental health stigma.
3.Your donations and the NFL Players Association provided more than 400 chapters with stickers, buttons, fliers, how-to kits, and more as part of the annual back-to-school chapter mailing in August. This mailing equips our student leaders with the resources they need to host on-campus programming throughout the year.
4. Close friends of Preston Osborne Tate, a 16-year-old who died by suicide in 2014,established a Memorial Fund in Preston’s honor to raise money for Active Minds. Their donations and thousands more from individuals across the country allowed Active Minds to welcome its new Student Advisory Committee to Washington, DC last spring. The SAC serves as an advisory body to the national office and brings the student perspective to all decision-making.
5. The Phi Chi Theta Business Fraternity at Miami University organized its second Glow Runto benefit Active Minds, raising more than $7,000 to support the Leadership Institute at Active Minds 12th National Mental Health on Campus Conference. Events hosted by community members like you provide crucial funding for Active Minds national programming and enable us to train its student leaders on the most current mental health best practices and advanced leadership principles.
Thank you for supporting Active Minds in 2015. We couldn’t do this life-saving work without you.