Me and just some of the members of the SAC at #MHCC16
This is my first year as a member of the SAC and let me tell you, friend, I am so glad that I applied. Being on the SAC is unique in the sense that it’s not a paid job, it’s not an internship, and it’s probably not like any other volunteering you’ve ever done. It’s hard to describe what being on the SAC is like, but if you love Active Minds and are still going to be a student next academic year, read on for my top 4 reasons why you should think about applyig:
1. Having an even greater say in the things that affect your chapter
You know the National staff loves to hear from you anyways, right? Good. Not going to lie, I can’t imagine myself just emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with some random initiative idea that I had while trying to fall asleep last night (not to say you can’t do that)! One of great things about being on the SAC is that the staff actively asks us for feedback and ideas based on what we see as needs of our campus populations. Honestly, it’s a cool position to be in, and it’s definitely made me reflect more on what my campus is doing well or not so well and what my chapter can do to help.
And if your brain is just overflowing with ideas about programs, fundraising, and new initiatives, you can stop reading at this point and just go ahead and apply now.
Last week we hosted the National Mental Health on Campus Conference in Sacramento, CA, where we announced the winners of the 2015-2016 Active Minds awards. We’re proud to share the winners with you on the blog today. Congratulations to all!
Chapter of the Year 2015-2016: Active Minds at Auburn University
Student Leader of the Year 2015-2016: Andrea Nguyen
Advisor of the Year 2015-2016: Stephanie Preston, Active Minds at San Jose State University
Alumni of the Year 2015-2016: Dayna Altman, alumnus, Active Minds at Northeastern University
Programming Innovation Award: Active Minds at Tufts University
Fundraising Innovation Award: Active Minds at Denison University
Margaret Clark Morgan Transformational Change Award: Active Minds at University of Portland
Road Runner Award: Active Minds at Elkhorn South High School
We’re so proud of you, Stigma Fighters!
With September right around the corner, now is a great time to start planning for your chapter’s success in the 2016-2017 academic year. Here are some of our top tips for getting the year off on the right foot:
1. Study up on the new ratings criteria. We heard your feedback on ratings, inventories and more. Check out the new ratings to make sure you’re on track to be a five-star chapter!
2. Start planning Suicide Prevention Month. Share a post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr from September 10 to October 3 with #ReasonsISpeak and the reasons you combat the silence surrounding suicide and mental illness. Feeling inspired? Submit a post to our Suicide Prevention Month blog.
3. Check out the new and improved Fundraising Resources, including brand new chapter fundraising pages. Will your chapter be the first to raise $1,000 and get on our leaderboard?
We’re already counting down to the 13th National Mental Health on Campus Conference at Sacramento State from November 4-6! (It’s 138 days away, in case you were wondering.) Now that registration is open and planning is full-steam-ahead, here are four important things you need to know:
1. The Conference Theme
The theme of this year’s conference is “Active Minds for Every Mind: Diversion, Inclusion, Unity.” What does that mean exactly? We’re talking about identities of all kinds — race, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, mental illness diagnoses and lived experience — and how those identities intersect with mental health and campus advocacy. It’s going to make for some fascinating keynotes and presentations (stay tuned for more updates on speakers!). Also, how beautiful is this year’s logo?!
We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for the 13th National Mental Health on Campus Conference! #MHCC16 will be held November 4-6, 2016 at Sacramento State in Sacramento, California.
This is the only national conference addressing college student mental health and young adult advocacy. The conference brings together hundreds of experts, change-agents and leaders from across the country and educates, energizes and inspires the next generation of mental health advocates.