6 Awesome Ideas for Stress Less Week

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It’s one of the toughest times of the year: papers and projects are due, you’re running solely on caffeine and there just isn’t enough time for sleep. That’s why Active Minds is hosting Stress Less Week from April 17-23. We’ve developed tons of resources and programs to help you get through finals with as little stress as possible.

Here are some awesome Stress Less Week programming ideas from your fellow chapters:

* Laugh More: Stand-Up to Comedy: Active Minds at UC Riverside featured a diverse group of local comedians to promote the benefits of laughter and provide education about mental illness. They partnered with Student Recreation to provide free massages at the event, with the Counseling Center to provide mood screenings, and with the Health Center for dental care kits and sexual health supplies.

* Treat Yo’Self Self Care Workshop: Active Minds at UCLA provided students an opportunity to explore self-care through coloring, horticulture, journaling, painting, and stress ball making.

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7 Chapter Fundraising Ideas for the Spring Semester

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There’s still time to earn more FREE swag in your fall awareness campaign kit. Raise $300 for the national movement by June 30, and help reach 2.3 million+ students!

We need every chapter member to play their part in reaching the growing number of students who need critical mental health education and resources provided through Active Minds, Inc. Participation in fundraising is required, and every dollar counts! Read more about the fundraising requirements.

Here are seven ways to round out your fundraising this spring:

1. Send letters in March to five friends and family to share the impact Active Minds has had on your life and request donations of at least $20 each.

2. Charge a small fee for a popular Stress Less Week (April 17-23) activity or two. Hosting a stress-ball-creation station? Charge $1 to cover your costs and bring in a little cash! Passing out healthy brain food in the quad? Advertise a suggested donation. Continue Reading

We Want to Send You More #StigmaFighter Swag

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Every day, more schools like yours are interested in starting Active Minds chapters. The demand for our programs and services is growing (just last week we registered a new chapter in Cyprus. Yep, Cyprus. The country!) and we are limited only by funds.

To meet the growing demand for more Active Minds chapters, we need everyone’s help. We’re still $47,395 away from our chapter fundraising goal this school year to serve the 2.3 million students (and counting) who depend on our critical mental health education and resources.

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Need to Bulk Up Your Resumé? We’ve Got You.

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FutureEmployers-BlogIs your resumè looking a bit empty? Want to get more experience in mental health advocacy or research? Active Minds has several exciting leadership opportunities available that will help you stand out from the crowd when it’s time to apply for jobs and internships:

  • We’re looking for the next Student Advisory Committee! Comprised of up to 20 Active Minds chapter members who have shown exemplary leadership and dedication, the SAC serves as an advisory body to the national office and brings the student perspective to organizational decision-making. Think you have what it takes? We do, too! Apply by January 10.

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6 Ways Our Chapters Transformed Campuses in 2015

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2015 was an amazing year for our 400+ Active Minds chapter across the country. From innovative fundraising to eye-opening programming, our student leaders truly went above and beyond in raising awareness about mental health on college campuses.

Here’s a look at 6 different examples of how our chapters rocked in 2015:

1. When Active Minds at Emerson College learned that the college had a student policy that punished individuals displaying “self-destructive” behaviors, instead of focusing on treatment and recovery, the chapter president met with the dean of students on a regular basis for two months to create new language and protocols.

It then came to the chapter’s attention that Emerson students didn’t have access to counseling services in the evenings. The chapter worked with the dean of students to pitch to the Board of Trustees an after-hours crisis line for  students so that they have access to a 24/7 crisis line that now exists today.

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Announcing the 2014-2015 Active Minds Award Winners

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This past Friday at the National Mental Health on Campus Conference in Irvine, CA, we announced the winners of the 2014-2015 Active Minds awards. We’re proud to share the winners with you on the blog today. Congratulations to all!

Chapter of the Year: Active Minds at Stockton University

Student Leader of the Year Award: Ashley Cunningham, founder and president of Active Minds at Emerson College

Advisor of the Year Award: Jennifer Burton, advisor of Active Minds at California State University at Sacramento

Distinguished Alumni Award: Melissa Simkol, former president of Active Minds at George Mason University

Margaret Clark Morgan Transformational Change Award: Active Minds at the University of Missouri at Columbia

Programming Award: Active Minds at Winona State University

Fundraising Award: Active Minds at Auburn University

Uniting Voices Award: Active Minds at Occidental College

Road Runner Award: Active Minds at Denison University

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October’s Chapter of the Month: Denison University

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Congratulations to Active Minds at Denison University for being named Chapter of the Month! This recently reactivated chapter is consistently engaging their campus with awesome programs and meetings that help to raise mental health awareness and fight stigma! Find out some of the top reasons that we love Active Minds at Denison University:

 

1. Strong reactivation

Kristina Keidel, a junior at Denison University, helped to reconnect Denison’s chapter with the national office based on her strong passion for mental health awareness.  This chapter formerly brought about four to six members to their meetings, but now has over 50 people at their weekly meetings, according to The Den, an on-campus newspaper at Denison University. Not only have they built up their membership, but they have also reached the wider campus community in ways they hadn’t before reactivating as a chapter.

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Active Minds at Denison University student leaders at the 2014 National Mental Health on Campus Conference

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5 More Reasons We Can’t Wait for #MHCC15

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The 12th National Mental Health on Campus Conference is only two weeks away — and we wanted to share five more things with you that we’re looking forward to during Conference weekend.

1. Send Silence Packing. Active Minds’ acclaimed suicide awareness program, Send Silence Packing, will on display at UC Irvine on Friday afternoon. The powerful exhibit of 1,100 donated backpacks sheds light on college student suicide. To give a “face” to the lives lost, personal stories and testimonies written by families and friends accompany the backpacks.

2. Keynote Speeches. We’re thrilled to announce an all-star line-up of keynote speakers.Friday night, suicide survivor and TV personality Melissa Rivers will speak at our Awards Dinner; Saturday afternoon, Active Minds Speaker Pablo Campos will share his story of recovery from addiction and mental illness; and on Sunday morning, writer, blogger and activist Sam Dylan Finch will speak about his experiences as a queer man living with mental illness.

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6 Reasons We Can’t Wait for #MHCC15

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The 12th National Mental Health on Campus Conference is only three weeks away — and we’ve got a pretty awesome weekend planned. Below are the six things we’re most excited about right now. If you haven’t already, register now!

1. Keynote Presenters: We’re thrilled to announce our all-star line-up of keynote speakers. Friday night, suicide survivor and TV personality Melissa Rivers will speak at our Awards Dinner; Saturday afternoon, Active Minds Speaker Pablo Campos will share his story of recovery from addiction and mental illness; and on Sunday morning, writer, blogger and activist Sam Dylan Finch will speak about his experiences as a queer man living with mental illness.

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