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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Chapter Ratings: Communication Starts a Conversation

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This post is part of a series on our Chapter Ratings system. Read more blogs in the series.
UnknownWe want to hear from you! Communication between chapters and the national office is critical to ensure that every chapter has what they need to carry out the mission of Active Minds. The national office uses information shared from chapters to assess overall challenges and successes in the network and to create new resources for best supporting your work.

For that reason, communications is the third major criterion of chapter evaluation.

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Chapter Ratings: What’s the Big Idea?

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This post is part of a series on our Chapter Ratings system. Read more blogs in the series.
UnknownEach summer, the national office uses data reported by chapters in quarterly inventories to evaluate the strength of the chapter network on five major criteria of development, advocacy, and sustainability: Programming, Fundraising, Communications, Collaboration, and Membership.

Based on what has been learned over more than 10 years of experience working with chapters, the national office can then help chapter leaders identify their strengths and areas for growth as well as develop new programs and resources to support areas where the chapter network may be struggling.

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