Suicide Prevention, Stress, and the Ideals of Perfection
Although I typically try to remain objective in the Mental Health New Round-Up, I break this form to share the following NYT article that includes my personal story.
Active Minds has been instrumental in my journey of recovery and advocacy and I am now involved with Active Minds Penn on campus (Check out our Chapter President’s video on her mental health story and another alum’s TedTalk video).
I am so grateful to Active Minds National for taking a chance on me as an intern when I was on leave and truly believing that sharing your story can change the world. Find out how you can share your story for Suicide Prevention Month.
(The typical mental health news round-up continues below)
Occidental College has been named Chapter of the Month for May! Their stigma-fighting techniques have caught our eye and we want every chapter to know about them, too.
Active Minds at Occidental College did not rest for a minute this spring semester, working continuously to break the barriers to mental health services on campus.
In addition to leading a diverse panel of 10 students who spoke openly about their mental health issues to a large classroom of peers, the chapter was also recently recognized for their on-campus advocacy for the addition of a peer mentoring program in the counseling center.
Silence is Deadly: Mental Health and the Black Community
The first lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, shares her father’s personal experience with depression and her daughter’s struggle with addiction and anxiety to fight the silence in the black community surrounding mental heath. This op-ed follows her announcement of $73.8 million dollars in initiatives to provide treatment to those with greatest need and the least access in NYC.
How a Transgender Teen’s Cries for Help on Reddit and Tumblr Powered a Movement Against ‘Conversion Therapy’
Having experienced and decried conversion therapy, Leelah Alcorn begged for the world to “fix society” in her last post on tumblr. With traction from mounting from an online petition bearing Alcorn’s name, the White House supports the efforts to ban conversion therapy at the state level.
It’s hard to believe it’s April, and we’re already halfway through the fellowship! My project has definitely been keeping me busy.
I’ve spent most of my project time focusing on coding my data. I planned to buy software to help, but it turns out I don’t qualify for the reduced price student software, so I ended up having to work through it by hand. I don’t know that doesn’t mean much if you haven’t done qualitative coding before, so I’ll try to illustrate it for you, as inspired by our lovely New England winter.
Have you heard about Active Minds at UCLA‘s iSupport Bracelet Campaign? Chapter members made and sold friendship bracelets to show love, support and awareness of mental health conditions.
Each bracelet is created with special colors to bring awareness to a different mental health conditions. Students can request and receive a custom-made bracelet supporting a specific condition (or multiple conditions). For example, for students requesting bracelets in support of substance abuse awareness, the chapter members create a bracelet primarily in the color red, the official color for substance abuse awareness.
By selling these bracelets on campus, Active Minds at UCLA is educating its community about mental health and raising funds at the same time — surpassing its fundraising goal of $1,000.Continue Reading
Graham Moore Gives the Oscar’s Most Moving Oscar’s Acceptance Speech
When accepting an Oscar for “The Imitation Game,” Graham Moore disclosed a past suicide attempt and then gave hope to “kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere” to embrace differences and weirdness.
7 Ways the Media’s Depiction of Eating Disorders Completely Fails Women of Color
Trigger Warning: Graphic Images and unhelpful phrases