Annual Awards Winners

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award_winners_blogpostLast 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!

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8 Ways Active Minds Chapters Can Get Ready for the Fall Semester

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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?

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4 Things You Need to Know About #MHCC16

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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?!

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Registration is Now Open for #MHCC16

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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.

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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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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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