We 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. Continue Reading
Michael Sam Leaves Pro Football, Cites Mental Health Concerns
Openly gay football pioneer Michael Sam is taking a break pro football to take care of his mental health. This is an important step for athletes to break down stigma and realize the importance of taking care of both physical and mental health equally.
Gun Laws Associated With Lower Suicide Rates
Decreasing access to lethal means prevents suicide according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. The four laws specifically investigated were waiting periods, background checks for purchase or licensing, hand gun locks, and restrictions on the open carrying.
If you are struggling, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line by texting “Start” to 741-741.
To be effective change-makers we need to have the best partners. Help Active Minds welcome our newest stigma-fighting partner — NFL Players Association!
As part of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, I had the great honor of visiting the NFLPA to speak about the importance of mental health. The NFLPA and Active Minds will work together to empower young people to speak openly about mental health in an effort to educate others and encourage help-seeking.
Kate Middleton Records PSA for Children’s Mental Health Week
The Duchess of Cambridge has released a public service announcement regarding the stigma surrounding mental health especially for youth. This is part of the UK’s first Children’s Mental Health Week which is led by Place2Be.
Mental Health For Athletes: Open Door Policy is a Crucial Step, but What’s Next?
One professional swimmer writes that coaches should not only have an open door policy to talk about mental health and the day to day struggles of being a student athlete, but that coaches need to educate themselves on the professional mental health resources available to best help students.
More Americans Getting Mental Health Treatment
According to data released by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), treatment for mental illness increased from 62.9% to 68.5% in one year’s time. The data also tracked other trends including illegal drug use, substance abuse treatment, and access to care on a state by state basis.
Pilot Program Focuses on Mental Health for Athletes
The University of Michigan now offers drop-in counseling and PSAs to improve the mental health of their student athletes. This campaign is designed to fight the mentality that student athletes should “tough it out’ instead of seeking help.
The Mental Health of College Athletes
Following the death of Kosta Karageorge, a football player for Ohio State, the public is reevaluating the culture of stoicism, perfection, and success that engulf student athletes. Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s chief medical officer has been advocating for a comprehensive view of student health (including mental, physical, and neurological).
New York City Plans Focus on Mental Health in Justice Systems
After an expose style article about Rikers Island’s poor treatment of inmates with mental health disorders, public attention has turned to fixing the cyclical nature of incarceration. With $130 million, the city hopes to refocus on providing treatment as opposed to using the prison system as a “fix” for homelessness.