Chapter Summer Tips for a Successful Year Ahead

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Alexander Graham Bell (you know, the guy that invented the telephone) once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” He was a pretty successful guy, so it might be best to prepare for this upcoming year in order to have a great year on your campus!

In order to help you out, the Active Minds Student Advisory Committee and National office have a few tips to help keep you active this summer so you can hit the ground running as soon as school begins!

Chapter Summer Success Tip #1

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Make at least one goal to accomplish this year. It can be anything from holding the biggest event your chapter has ever planned to increasing your membership, or even collaborating on an event with other student organizations. Whatever it is, don’t forget to map out smaller, reachable goals to help you stay on track! Continue Reading

March Chapter of the Month: University of Dayton

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Univ_DaytonWe 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

Text, Talk, Act. Because Mental Health Matters.

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TTAOften, the most necessary conversations are the ones that are most difficult. Text, Talk, Act (TTA) makes at least one conversation a little easier by assisting students to share their mental health stories through a very familiar platform: text messaging.

Once again this semester, Active Minds is excited to partner with TTA on April 19 as part of Active Minds’ Stress Less Week. Chapters that register to host a TTA event on April 19 are eligible receive a $1,000 cash prize. Past winners have included Active Minds at Coppin State University, Ithaca College, and UCLA!

To participate, all you need is to gather at least three or four friends on April 19, and text “89800” for mental health discussion prompts. You and your friends will be guided through a series of conversation-starters, from videos to polling, along with many other chapters participating across the country.

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January Chapter of the Month: Active Minds at UCLA

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11999046_1061565100521832_7075910831010947224_nThis month we highlight the stunning work of Active Minds at UCLA.  This chapter is one of just six celebrating ten years as a member of the Active Minds chapter network and have shown why they remain strong time and time again. They serve as a model for other chapters in our network and we’re happy to share just a few of the reasons that Active Mind at UCLA is making huge strides in campus mental health work:

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Did you know that Buzzfeed recently had a Mental Health Week where they featured articles, videos, and stories about what it’s like to live with a mental illness? The Active Minds chapter at UCLA got some serious recognition for the video they created demonstrating What It’s Like to Hear “Just Get Better.” Check it out:

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November Chapter of the Month: Active Minds at Stockton University

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Stockton AMThis month we’re excited to highlight the amazing work of Active Minds at Stockton University, the 2013-2014 Active Minds Chapter of the Year, for their amazing campus mental health work including their innovative program, Proactive Minds. Read on for some of the top reasons that Active Minds at Stockton University is excelling in changing the conversation about mental health!

A Thriving Leadership Team Spreading the Word

Stockton PicActive Minds at Stockton University has a thriving executive board made up of eight members from multiple academic years and has increased their general membership to nearly thirty members. They work very closely with their passionate advisor, Nathan Morell, and the Wellness and Counseling Center to recruit new members and hold relevant, large-scale events. Under their leadership, the chapter has reached more than 650 people through fundraising walks, art shows, and panel discussions. Plus, they already have a list of more than 75 volunteers who want to help out at their events this year!

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October’s Chapter of the Month: Denison University

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Congratulations to Active Minds at Denison University for being named Chapter of the Month! This recently reactivated chapter is consistently engaging their campus with awesome programs and meetings that help to raise mental health awareness and fight stigma! Find out some of the top reasons that we love Active Minds at Denison University:

 

1. Strong reactivation

Kristina Keidel, a junior at Denison University, helped to reconnect Denison’s chapter with the national office based on her strong passion for mental health awareness.  This chapter formerly brought about four to six members to their meetings, but now has over 50 people at their weekly meetings, according to The Den, an on-campus newspaper at Denison University. Not only have they built up their membership, but they have also reached the wider campus community in ways they hadn’t before reactivating as a chapter.

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Active Minds at Denison University student leaders at the 2014 National Mental Health on Campus Conference

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Program Spotlight: Loyola’s Easter Break Shuttles

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BtZCmoOCQAAginS-300x300Let’s hear it for Active Minds at Loyola University in Maryland for their participation in the on-campus Easter Break Shuttle — these stigma fighters have fundraising down to a tee!

On April 1st and 2nd, two days leading up to Easter Break at Loyola, the Student Government Association offered $10 shuttles to pick up students from campus and drive them to the local airport in Baltimore, about 45 minutes south of campus, making it possible for out-of-state students to receive an affordable trip to the airport and to get home safely for Easter Break. The Active Minds chapter was chosen as one of four organizations to serve as beneficiaries of the profits, allowing them to raise funds at the same time!

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Stress Less, Talk More, Change a Life

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TTA_logoAs we begin preparing for final exams and end-of year activities, learning about stress reduction techniques can have a positive impact on our mental health. Now, during Stress Less Week, there’s a fun and innovative way to get your campus talking about mental health and stress management: Text, Talk, Act.

Text, Talk, Act uses text messaging to facilitate a face-to-face conversation on mental health and stress reduction techniques. On April 14th, gather participants in small groups (3-4 people) with one cell phone per group. Text START to the number 89800 to receive a series of text messages that will guide the group through a conversation on mental health: why it is important, how to care for it, and how to help a friend in need. Groups will also talk about ways to reduce stress and receive resources for more information.

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Chris Davey Leaves a Legacy Through Active Minds

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rsz_1chris_davey_pic_for_websiteMeet Chris Davey. Chris is a senior at Stevenson University in Maryland, set to graduate in May with a degree in Psychology. Chris founded Active Minds at Stevenson during his first week of freshman year and has been an unstoppable force ever since.

“My personal experiences struggling with anxiety and ADHD led me to check out Active Minds after my first week at Stevenson. Once I had the chance to meet other chapter members and see the open and accepting atmosphere they created, I knew I had a place to spend the next four years.”

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Chapter Ratings: Lets Collaborate!

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This post is part of a series on our Chapter Ratings system. Read more blogs in the series.
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Establishing partnerships and allies is crucial to running an active, integrated chapter on campus. A part of the mission of Active Minds chapters is to act as a referral service and channel for students to utilize the mental health services on campus. Having a strong partnership with the counseling center helps Active Minds fulfill this mission.

In addition, having a wide range of partnerships on campus helps makes sure that the message and influence of a chapter is far-reaching. For these reasons, the third major criterion the national office uses to rate chapters is collaboration.

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