Chapter of the Month: Occidental College

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1425555_253282681496020_167931192_nOccidental 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.

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Program Bank Spotlight: iSupport Bracelet Campaign

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1962804_748149121863433_2142951318_nHave 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

February’s Chapter of the Month: Active Minds at Allegheny College

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Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 9.53.18 AMWe are proud to recognize Active Minds at Allegheny College as February’s Chapter of the Month, in particular for its partnership with Overkill, the school’s alternative art and literary publication, to create a special issue focused on mental health.

Active Minds and Overkill recently partnered to highlight students’ work pertaining to mental health. Members of Overkill wanted to give Active Minds a voice in their publication to truly start a conversation about mental health and stop silencing mental health conditions. Overkill gave Active Minds a powerful voice to hopefully reach out to students to educate and advocate about mental health.

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