9 Mental Health Items Every Student Needs on Their Back-to-School Shopping List

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Now that August is officially upon us, it’s time for new and returning college students to get ready to head back to campus. And with that comes the endless back-to-school shopping trips so you can stock up on everything you need — textbooks, snacks, school supplies, dorm decorations and so much more.

But do you have anything on that list to help support your mental health? Take a look at these nine items, all of which have helped me better take care of my mental (and physical) health during the school year.

Sleep

It’s one of the most important (and most frequently sacrificed) aspects of mental health maintenance — especially for college students. I’m a big fan of sleep (and good sleep at that). Here are some of the products I’ve used to help myself get eight full hours of shut-eye each night:

1. A White Noise Sound Machine ($49.89)

This handy gadget is perfect for anyone who has a noisy roommate. It has a built-in fan that re-creates the sound of rushing air, creating “white noise” and effectively blocking out noise on a broad range of frequencies. Fraternity brothers chanting outside? No problem. Roommate stumbling in after a fun night out? You can’t hear them, you’re fast asleep.

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Juliana Kerrest: New School Year Means New Opportunities

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Juliana Philippa Kerrest is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is a member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau. Bring Juliana to your campus to speak about mental health!

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Summer is over, and school is back! The new school year was always something I looked forward to, as it symbolized a fresh start, a clean slate. It was like a reset button, presenting a brand new set of opportunities and possibilities.

Much to my surprise, six years after graduating from college, I find myself back in the same situation as I prepare for my first year in graduate school, and much to my delight, I am filled with the same enthusiasm. Don’t misunderstand, there is also a healthy dose of anxiety mixed in — I have had to quit my job, leave my boyfriend and friends, and move to an unfamiliar city — but when it comes to new beginnings, fear and excitement often seem to be two sides of the same coin.

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5 Tips to Get You Ready for the Fall Semester

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A new school year is upon us, and we’re pretty excited. To help you get ready for the semester, we’ve put together five tips that you can use to have a great start to the year.

  1. Relax.

Starting a new year back at school can be exciting, but with new classes, adjusting to campus life and getting back on a schedule, the new school year can also bring stress.  When your brain gets stress, your body experiences stress as well. It begins to release chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol, which really takes a toll on your body. Make sure to carve out some quiet time in your day–read, go for a walk, listen to a guided meditation–do something that makes you slow down and calms your mind.  Your body will thank you.

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How to Rock Recruitment this Fall

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10644040_351747688314568_1834791899_nRecruiting new members during the fall semester can be tough — there are so many other clubs and activities to compete with. But don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Your school’s student orientation fair is a great place to recruit members and Active Minds Suicide Prevention Month campaign this month is a fantastic way to spread the word about your chapter. 

Use our materials and resources to organize your own campaign.This year’s theme is Silence Hurts us All and we are excited to announce our new corresponding social media campaign, #ReasonsISpeak.

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Back to School Message from Your SAC President

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unnamedMy name is TK Truong and I am president of the Active Minds Student Advisory Committee and a member of Active Minds at UC Berkeley.

I know firsthand that the new school year can be stressful, whether you’re going to college for the first time or returning for another semester. Every school year seems to bring about different challenges with seemingly higher stakes and expectations.

During my sophomore year, I relapsed in my depression. Despite being a mental health advocate, it wasn’t until then that I made my first appointment with a therapist at my university’s counseling center. Continue Reading