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May Chapter of the Month: University of Pennsylvania

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Congratulations to the chapter of the month, Active Minds at the University of Pennsylvania. Active Minds’ founding chapter has done an impeccable job at raising funds and awareness for mental health this year!

At the beginning of this semester, Active Minds at the University of Pennsylvania held an event called ‘Push Against Stigma’. Students recruited sponsors to participate in a push-up contest to raise money and promote conversation about mental health. This chapter awarded gift cards to the winners of the three different categories: most push-ups, most sponsors, and most money raised. The Krispy Kreme fundraiser allowed Penn students to have something that most college students want-pre-ordered food. A portion of the proceeds went to Active Minds.

Separately, the chapter also hosted a Krispy Kreme fundraiser to provide students with that they want most: pre-ordered food! The chapter donated a portion of the proceeds to Active Minds, Inc. All told, the chapter has raised $1,000 so far for Active Minds, Inc. and mental health awareness!

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The chapter has made even further strides in engaging their peers in mental health dialogue through several creative programs.

On April 9, the chapter held a performance-based event, called INSPIRE. This event was able to engage different people to talk about their mental health issues/struggles in an inspiring manner. Performances ranged from solo performances to oncampus acapella teams.

 

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This year, Active Minds also hosted a wonderful campaign called Fearless Friday in observance of National Eating Disorder Week. During Fearless Friday, students were asked to share what they like about themselves and partake in cookies. Can’t get too much better than self-love and cookies!

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Finally, in collaboration with RAPline, uPenn’s helpline, Active Minds at the University of Pennsylvania published their first literary magazine to educate the audience with useful tips about communicating/listening to others. The print literary magazine, Penntal Health, included student’s artwork and their personal stories. Active Minds members were inspired to create this literary magazine due to their immense success with Pennsive, their tumblr that is dedicated to sharing stories and motivational messages to their audience.

What a cool way to expand your network!

Thank you so much for the incredible work you are doing, Active Minds at the University of Pennsylvania!