Without Hope or Fear

As I finish my second year of Divinity School I find myself reflecting on the events that led me to this moment. Eleven years ago this spring I had a breakdown and was finally diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder. In the midst of that terrifying summer there was one thing that brought me solace. When…

Meet the Scholar

This post was written by Alex Budenz, one of our 2017 Emerging Scholars. Over the course of the next few months, Alex is working to quantify the stigma and social support surrounding bipolar disorder on the social media platform, Twitter. You can read more about her project here.  Hi everyone! My name is Alex, and…

Mental Health Monologues at Winona State University

Active Minds at Winona State University recently won Active Minds’ Programming Innovation Award for their mental health story-sharing program, the Mental Health Monologues (check out their videos)! Based on the highly popular Vagina Monologues, students, faculty, and staff (some as actors and others as authors of the stories) brought mental health struggles to life by reading personal…

Mental Health News Round Up: June 5

Anxious Students Strain College Mental Health Centers A new report from Penn State reveals that anxiety is biggest concern for students seeking help at campus counseling centers. Counseling centers work to alleviate the pressures of the influx of students and provide innovative ways to encourage de-stressing. Did John Nash’s schizophrenia boost his ‘beautiful mind’? John Nash,…

Mental Health News Round-Up: May 8

On a Brother’s Suicide: ‘I Wish I Had Never Told Him to Go to School’s Counseling Center’ A sister reflects on how William and Mary’s harsh mental health policies affected her brother’s mental state. She reflects on the difference between how a physical health and mental health problem and the “[trust that] the university at which you’ve…