Chapter of the Month: Occidental College

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1425555_253282681496020_167931192_nOccidental College has been named Chapter of the Month for May! Their stigma-fighting techniques have caught our eye and we want every chapter to know about them, too.

Active Minds at Occidental College did not rest for a minute this spring semester, working continuously to break the barriers to mental health services on campus.

In addition to leading a diverse panel of 10 students who spoke openly about their mental health issues to a large classroom of peers, the chapter was also recently recognized for their on-campus advocacy for the addition of a peer mentoring program in the counseling center.

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Program Spotlight: Loyola’s Easter Break Shuttles

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BtZCmoOCQAAginS-300x300Let’s hear it for Active Minds at Loyola University in Maryland for their participation in the on-campus Easter Break Shuttle — these stigma fighters have fundraising down to a tee!

On April 1st and 2nd, two days leading up to Easter Break at Loyola, the Student Government Association offered $10 shuttles to pick up students from campus and drive them to the local airport in Baltimore, about 45 minutes south of campus, making it possible for out-of-state students to receive an affordable trip to the airport and to get home safely for Easter Break. The Active Minds chapter was chosen as one of four organizations to serve as beneficiaries of the profits, allowing them to raise funds at the same time!

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Chapter of the Month: Active Minds at Johns Hopkins University

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IMG_2720Its that time again! The national office is proud to announce that Active Minds chapter at Johns Hopkins University is April’s Chapter of the Month!

Active Minds at JHU has paired with The Highwood Theatre to assist the actors in accurately depicting characters who are living with mental illnesses, while simultaneously providing education and awareness to the cast and crew.

One of the most exciting components of this production is the collaboration among high school and college students. Active Minds at JHU is teaching high school students about the prevalence of mental health issues and how seeking help for these issues is a sign of strength.

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Program Bank Spotlight: Active Minds at UMD’s Stress Less Week Carnival

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10252173_10152037603466034_6139215087933776550_nWe all know what springtime means in the Active Minds world — time to celebrate Stress Less Week! While all of our chapters develop unique events during Stress Less Week, Active Minds at The University of Maryland College Park, never fails to execute a successful National Stress Less Week Carnival.

With each year getting better and better, 2015 will be another exciting Stress Less Week for the students at UMD. This month, the national office would like to highlight Active Minds at The University of Maryland’s National Stress Less Week Carnival — a day filled with games, food, puppies, and more!

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Chapter of the Month: Active Minds at University of Missouri

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1234695_730752400311553_4043076828390218079_nCongratulations, Active Minds at the University of Missouri, for being named Chapter of the Month for March! As of January, the university will be printing the campus counseling center’s new 24-hour crisis hotline number on the back of all student ID cards, thanks to the push of Active Minds Mizzou.

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Introducing the New Student Advisory Committee!

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sac_logoEach spring, Active Minds, Inc. welcomes new members to the Student Advisory Committee (SAC), comprised of up to 20 students across the country who have shown extraordinary leadership and dedication to Active Minds. The SAC serves as an advisory body to the national office staff and brings the student perspective to organizational decision-making.

Read on to meet the 2015-2016 Student Advisory Committee!

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Program Bank Spotlight: iSupport Bracelet Campaign

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1962804_748149121863433_2142951318_nHave you heard about Active Minds at UCLA‘s iSupport Bracelet Campaign? Chapter members made and sold friendship bracelets to show love, support and awareness of mental health conditions.

Each bracelet is created with special colors to bring awareness to a different mental health conditions. Students can request and receive a custom-made bracelet supporting a specific condition (or multiple conditions). For example, for students requesting bracelets in support of substance abuse awareness, the chapter members create a bracelet primarily in the color red, the official color for substance abuse awareness.

By selling these bracelets on campus, Active Minds at UCLA is educating its community about mental health and raising funds at the same time — surpassing its fundraising goal of $1,000. Continue Reading

February’s Chapter of the Month: Active Minds at Allegheny College

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Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 9.53.18 AMWe are proud to recognize Active Minds at Allegheny College as February’s Chapter of the Month, in particular for its partnership with Overkill, the school’s alternative art and literary publication, to create a special issue focused on mental health.

Active Minds and Overkill recently partnered to highlight students’ work pertaining to mental health. Members of Overkill wanted to give Active Minds a voice in their publication to truly start a conversation about mental health and stop silencing mental health conditions. Overkill gave Active Minds a powerful voice to hopefully reach out to students to educate and advocate about mental health.

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Program Bank Spotlight: Mental Health Wellness Week

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10733927_706286976134195_6470171923032618527_oLast semester, Active Minds at the University of Michigan hosted a Mental Health Wellness and Speaker Event. During the event, Active Minds members brainstormed with other students ways in which they can relieve stress throughout the school year and hosted a Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience graduate student speaker, Daniel Porter.

The chapter set out to reach their entire student body by hosting an event on the campus’s most visited area, the Diag, directly in the middle of Central Campus. Continue Reading

Program Bank Spotlight: Simmons College Smashes Scales

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Program bankFor the last two years, Active Minds at Simmons College in Boston, MA, participated in Eating Disorders Awareness Week by smashing individual weight scales. The Speak Out and Smash a Scale event targeted the entire student body to educate, advocate, spread awareness, and build membership recruitment. The destruction of the scales symbolized shattering stigma surrounding eating disorders and personal body shame and self-doubt.

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