Active Minds Blog » Faven Mesfin Changing the conversation about mental health Wed, 25 May 2016 12:46:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 March Chapter of the Month: University of Dayton Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:14:04 +0000 Univ_DaytonWe are excited to announce March’s chapter of the month, Active Minds at University of Dayton! They recently hosted a GO LIME Campaign, promoting mental health awareness and Active Minds during an NCCA Division I basketball game against the University of Rhode Island broadcasted on ESPN 2.

At the sold-out basketball game on February 27, the chapter distributed 150 lime green (the nationally observed color for mental health awareness) T-shirts featuring a mental health statistic and the chapter’s logo to alert the audience to the number of people that live with mental illness, the resources available for help, and the Active Minds chapter.

In the stadium and on TV across the country, the chapter and the whole student section could be seen dressed in lime green for mental health awareness!


A student poses in the GO LIME T-shirt with a photo of the University President, Daniel Curran, at the school’s basketball game. 

“The University of Dayton is famous for our love of our basketball team. We have had great NCAA tournament runs in the past couple years which caused an even greater amount of notoriety,” said Blake. “This was the best way for us to get a word out about our cause on our campus that would reach a great amount of people.”

To make the event happen, the chapter requested permission from the “Red Scare,” the student section at all University of Dayton sporting events, and the organization was on board right away. The chapter also distributed information regarding Active Minds and resources available to students on campus for various mental health needs.

Back of Shirt“The fact that all the students were wearing the lime shirts with the statistic on the back showed we are all in this together while providing a positive message regarding mental health,” said Blake.

During the broadcast, ESPN scanned over the student section several times and highlighted the T-shirts. The chapter had sent a memo to the network ahead of time to explain the T-shirts and the cause. However, Blake said that next time, the chapter will make more of an effort to alert the media more in advance to earn more coverage.

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“It got people talking about mental health, which is fantastic,” said Blake. “We even had a woman who is affiliated with an Active Minds chapter in Connecticut take a picture of students wearing the shirts, so hopefully this inspires them to do something similar.”

“I learned that people will support you in raising mental health awareness, because we truly are all affected. The fact that our student fan section and Student Government helped us with open arms shows that people are willing to help if you ask.”

Blake added that events like the GO LIME game can be used to reach people that need to hear the Active Minds message and recommended that chapters utilize the resources on their campuses to bring mental health awareness to the forefront.

Keep up the creativity, Active Minds at the University of Dayton!


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Text, Talk, Act. Because Mental Health Matters. Wed, 09 Mar 2016 14:55:30 +0000 TTAOften, the most necessary conversations are the ones that are most difficult. Text, Talk, Act (TTA) makes at least one conversation a little easier by assisting students to share their mental health stories through a very familiar platform: text messaging.

Once again this semester, Active Minds is excited to partner with TTA on April 19 as part of Active Minds’ Stress Less Week. Chapters that register to host a TTA event on April 19 are eligible receive a $1,000 cash prize. Past winners have included Active Minds at Coppin State University, Ithaca College, and UCLA!

To participate, all you need is to gather at least three or four friends on April 19, and text “89800” for mental health discussion prompts. You and your friends will be guided through a series of conversation-starters, from videos to polling, along with many other chapters participating across the country.

Want to join this movement? Get started with the three simple steps below:

  1. Register your event and receive an organizer code.
  2. Share your organizer code with everyone you reach out to and ask them to enter it when they are prompted to do so during Text Talk Act on April 19.
  3. Get as many people as you can to Text Talk Act on April 19. Gather your friends, classmates, family, and community members and have them text “START” to 89800 to begin.

REMEMBER: Be sure to share your unique organizer code with your participants to enter at the prompt!

Want to increase your chances of winning and get freebies and materials for your event? Get everything you need for your event here.

For more information, visit


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February Chapter of the Month: Pennsylvania State University Mon, 29 Feb 2016 16:44:44 +0000 12670118_1133660719978626_7567430231498046155_nWe are delighted to announce the chapter of the month, Pennsylvania State University! This chapter’s events thus far have done a wonderful job at engaging the campus in a discussion on mental health.

Check out the awesome events that this chapter has participated in so far:

Suicide Stomper Community Event

Active Minds at PSU participated in a successful “Suicide Stomper” community event, sponsored by the Jana Marie Foundation, which allowed suicide survivors to express their feelings and be part of a bigger message. Everyone who attended this event decorated and painted the soles of sneakers with meaningful messages and drawings representing hope and their experience with suicide.


Chapter President John Wenier  said that the event created a safe space “where you can come and talk about [suicide].”

After attendees completed their pieces, the different shoes were laced together to form a ‘suicide stomper’ instillation as a symbol of hope and support for all that are affected by suicide. Keep Stomping, PSU!

Mental Health Awareness Week


Chapter members also recently attended/co-sponsored the university’s Mental Health and Wellness Week, a week-long campaign and series of events dedicated to educating the campus on mental health issues.

Active Minds at PSU co-sponsored educational events on substance abuse and addiction and depression and suicide. The events featured story-sharingfrom survivors of substance abuse, an “I Matter Because…” whiteboard where people could write out reasons to celebrate themselves, a student panel discussing depression and suicide, and a speaker to discuss stress reducers and how stress, anxiety , and PTSD contribute to a person’s overall wellbeing.

The powerful week ended with a full day devoted to encouraging resiliency, and students received rubber ID cards with mental health resources.

Keep up the good work, Active Minds at Pennsylvania State University!

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