5 Important New College Mental Health Statistics


Breaking news: Research shows that improving campus attitudes towards mental health enhances student success AND saves taxpayer’s money!

Let’s be real, all of us who are advocating for mental wellness on college campuses every day could have told everyone that a long time ago… but still, this is a big deal! We now have some solid data that definitely proves that our work is working, and we are on the right track with the most effective approaches to mental health promotion.

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So, here’s the scoop:

A major study conducted at public colleges throughout California set out to assess factors that influence mental health services utilization among students, and the potential societal impact of investing in mental health programs on campus. The RAND Corporation researchers who led the study surveyed a total of 33,943 students, and 14,018 faculty and staff at 39 public universities throughout California.

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Calling All California Filmmakers: Enter the Directing Change Contest


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Are you interested in making films? Passionate about mental health? You can raise awareness, gain recognition and win money with Each Mind Matters’ Directing Change Student Film Contest

Here’s how you participate:

Step 1) Pick your category.

Step 2) Create films!

Step 3) Share the word! The Directing Change Team can assist you by providing flyers, customized social media posts, guidance from professional filmmakers, and other support.

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Active Minds in California: What You Should Know



There are big things happening in California! Active Minds has officially partnered with Each Mind Matters, California’s Mental Health Movement (What the heck is Each Mind Matters, you ask? Check this short video out.)

So what does that mean for our California chapters? A few things:

1. We have a national staff member based in California now! Meet Becky (that’s me!).

2. There’s a Facebook Group for our CA Chapter Network to connect. If you haven’t joined the group yet, head over there now and connect with other chapters in your state!

3. There are LOTS of ways for California Chapters to be involved. (Think: FREE resources, programming and funding opportunities, additional support, etc.)

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Meet Becky, Our New California Statewide Program Manager


headshot-becky-e1400701630715We’re excited to introduce our blog readers to Becky Fein, the newest member of the Active Minds national staff! As the California Statewide Program Manager, Becky oversees and leads the Active Minds California Mental Health Services Act (CalMHSA) funded initiative. Many of you got a chance to meet her at the National Mental Health on Campus Conference last month. Read on for a fun Q&A with our first (and only!) West Coast staff member:

So Becky. Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, what to say… I live in Santa Rosa, CA, a mere 20 miles east of the tiny town where I grew up, surrounded by Redwood trees, along the Russian River. I moved back to Sonoma County after many years of moving around the state and country for work and school. I hold degrees in Sociology and Public Health, topics that I feel deeply passionate about and think about all of the time. I am a documentary filmmaker, creating short films that share stories of resilience; I am new to the world of videography and I love it! I have a twin sister (we’re the youngest of five siblings), and I once had a goldfish that lived to age 13.

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