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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Announcing the 2014-2015 Active Minds Award Winners

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This past Friday at the National Mental Health on Campus Conference in Irvine, CA, we announced the winners of the 2014-2015 Active Minds awards. We’re proud to share the winners with you on the blog today. Congratulations to all!

Chapter of the Year: Active Minds at Stockton University

Student Leader of the Year Award: Ashley Cunningham, founder and president of Active Minds at Emerson College

Advisor of the Year Award: Jennifer Burton, advisor of Active Minds at California State University at Sacramento

Distinguished Alumni Award: Melissa Simkol, former president of Active Minds at George Mason University

Margaret Clark Morgan Transformational Change Award: Active Minds at the University of Missouri at Columbia

Programming Award: Active Minds at Winona State University

Fundraising Award: Active Minds at Auburn University

Uniting Voices Award: Active Minds at Occidental College

Road Runner Award: Active Minds at Denison University

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#MHCC15 Social Media Guide

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AM-2015-Conference-details_dateAre you coming to #MHCC15 this weekend? We sure hope so! It’s the #StigmaFighter event of the year and we have an all-star line-up of keynote and session speakers.

During the National Mental Health on Campus Conference (MHCC, get it?), we’re inviting all attendees to tweet their hearts out. Below you’ll find the handles for our speakers on Twitter. Follow them now so you can start tweeting right away at conference and read on for more social media tips & tricks:

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Look Who’s Talkin’ Mental Health at #MHCC15

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The excitement is building here at Active Minds National Office — we’re only a week away from Active Minds’ 12th National Mental Health on Campus Conference (also known as #MHCC15 on social media). And do we have a great weekend planned for you!

In addition to must-attend Pre-Conference Leadership Institute sessions, Send Silence Packing display, Welcome Networking Hour socials and the super-popular SAC-led Breakout Sessions, we’re featuring some awesome keynote speakers: Melissa Rivers, Sam Dylan Finch and Active Minds Speakers Bureau’s own Pablo Campos.

And that’s not all! This year, almost all of AMSB’s members are joining us to share their stories and talents in lots of ways. Don’t miss the Creative Programming Expo — an annual conference favorite — where you can meet your favorite AM speakers in person in a relaxed and casual setting. Visit the AMSB table at the Expo on Saturday between 12:45pm and 2:15pm.

Throughout the weekend, you can hear presentations by your favorite Active Minds speakers Jordan Burnham, Stacy Pershall, J. Danée Sergeant, Juliana Kerrest, David Romano, Maggie Bertram. Hear their stories firsthand, told in intimate group settings,and participate in question and answer sessions afterward.  Continue Reading

5 More Reasons We Can’t Wait for #MHCC15

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#StigmaFighter Event of the Year

The 12th National Mental Health on Campus Conference is only two weeks away — and we wanted to share five more things with you that we’re looking forward to during Conference weekend.

1. Send Silence Packing. Active Minds’ acclaimed suicide awareness program, Send Silence Packing, will on display at UC Irvine on Friday afternoon. The powerful exhibit of 1,100 donated backpacks sheds light on college student suicide. To give a “face” to the lives lost, personal stories and testimonies written by families and friends accompany the backpacks.

2. Keynote Speeches. We’re thrilled to announce an all-star line-up of keynote speakers.Friday night, suicide survivor and TV personality Melissa Rivers will speak at our Awards Dinner; Saturday afternoon, Active Minds Speaker Pablo Campos will share his story of recovery from addiction and mental illness; and on Sunday morning, writer, blogger and activist Sam Dylan Finch will speak about his experiences as a queer man living with mental illness.

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6 Reasons We Can’t Wait for #MHCC15

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The 12th National Mental Health on Campus Conference is only three weeks away — and we’ve got a pretty awesome weekend planned. Below are the six things we’re most excited about right now. If you haven’t already, register now!

1. Keynote Presenters: We’re thrilled to announce our all-star line-up of keynote speakers. Friday night, suicide survivor and TV personality Melissa Rivers will speak at our Awards Dinner; Saturday afternoon, Active Minds Speaker Pablo Campos will share his story of recovery from addiction and mental illness; and on Sunday morning, writer, blogger and activist Sam Dylan Finch will speak about his experiences as a queer man living with mental illness.

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#MHCC15: The Early Bird Catches the Discount

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We want to see you at the National Mental Health on Campus Conference at the University of California, Irvine from November 13-15. And we want you to get there without having to dig too deep into your monthly Chipotle budget. Here’s one opportunity to save some cash: Register before October 13 and get the Early Bird Registration rate!

If you register by October 13, you’ll receive $20 off the regular $70 registration price. Sounds pretty good, right? It gets even better. Here’s a sneak peek at the awesome weekend we have planned:

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How to Get to #MHCC15 on a Budget

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The Active Minds 12th National Mental Health on Campus Conference is coming up, and we want YOU to join us!

That’s right, we want you at the University of Irvine in Irvine, California from November 13-15 to hear some incredible mental health speakers, meet and learn from your peers doing great work on hundreds of other campuses, and interact with our staff from the national office so that we can meet all of you stigma-fighting warriors!

In order to make that happen, we’re providing some ideas for how you can generate financial means to support your adventure to sunny California (fingers crossed that it’s actually sunny):

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1. Sign up to volunteer at conference—This awesome opportunity means FREE registration in exchange for a volunteer shift of just 3 hours. It doesn’t get much better than that, folks.

2. Sign up to present a workshop at conference—Not only do you get an opportunity to share your brilliant ideas, you also get FREE registration. Double win!

3. Ask your school for money, using our Making Asks resources—Many schools are willing to support students’ attendance at conferences, so it’s definitely worth exploring your school’s options.

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9 Ways to Kick Start Your Fall Semester as an Active Minds Chapter

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Active Minds Back to School Chapter Tips

September is almost here and that means we’re in Back-to-School mode! To help your chapter hit the ground running we’ve put together some steps you can take to get ready for the semester:

1. Is your chapter feeling TRANSFORMative? Plan a mental health advocacy campaign. Take a look at our brand new Transform Your Campus toolkit with helpful templates and tips for creating institutional and policy change on your campus, like getting crisis hotline information added to the back of every student ID.

2. Check out our improved fundraising resources, including the Miles in Our Shoeswalk/run/ride kit, a checklist for selling raffle tickets on campus, and new and improved guides for online fundraising.

3. Let others know why you speak about suicide and mental illness during Suicide Prevention Month. Share a post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr with#ReasonsISpeak and the reasons you combat the silence surrounding suicide and mental illness.

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5 Reasons to Apply to Present at Conference

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The Active Minds National Mental Health on Campus Conference is coming up soon and we hope you’re getting excited (we sure are!) We pack conference full of time for you to hear from fellow chapter members through our Creative Programming Expo, and in sessions, workshops, roundtables, and panel discussions and we want you to be one of those presenters this year. Here are just a few of the reasons why:

1. Free Registration if you Present a Workshop or on a Panel

You read that right. If you’re chosen to present a workshop or on a panel you (and up to one co-presenter from your chapter) can get free registration. Don’t get us wrong, there’s some work involved before conference if your application is selected but we’ll cover your registration.

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