My Experience (so far) on the Student Advisory Committee, and 4 Reasons Why YOU Should Apply


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 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.

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A Young Alumnus Gives Back: Luke Beischel



When he was a freshman, Luke Beischel became the founder and president of the Active Minds chapter at Xavier University.

For four years, he worked tirelessly to raise awareness about mental health among his fellow students: as a suicide attempt survivor, he understood what can happen when students feel alone with their illness and without hope.

Having graduated four years ago, Luke is now in a loving relationship with his partner and has an exciting job with a top-tier production company in Los Angeles. He’s as committed as ever to fighting the stigma and silence that surrounds mental illness – so much so that he now contributes his philanthropic support as a major donor to Active Minds.

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Active Minds is the Chosen Charity for “The Price Is Right Primetime Special: Big Brother Edition”


Keep an ear out on Tuesday night when host Drew Carey asks contestants which charity they’re playing for on “The Price is Right Primetime Special: Big Brother Edition.”

“Active Minds” is the answer you’ll hear!

The special primetime episode of "The Price is Right" features host Drew Carey as well as Julie Chen, host of the reality show "Big Brother."

The special primetime episode of “The Price is Right” features host Drew Carey and Julie Chen, host of the reality show “Big Brother,” along with contestants playing to benefit Active Minds.

This special evening episode of The Price is Right airs on Tuesday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

The show is a special takeover edition featuring houseguests from the hit reality TV show Big Brother, Seasons 2 through 17. Former Big Brother contestants team up with “super fans” of the show who’ve been chosen to “come on down.” Big Brother host Julie Chen also appears on the episode.


Houseguests from previous seasons of “Big Brother” compete on the primetime edition of “The Price is Right” to benefit Active Minds.

We sincerely thank the contestants, The Price is Right, and Big Brother for selecting Active Minds as one of two charities the show will benefit.

Active Minds is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help seeking. Together we are changing the culture on campuses and reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health for this and future generations. 

We welcome you to join this important national movement! Donate to Active Minds »



Meet the 2016-2017 Student Advisory Committee


Each spring, Active Minds, Inc. welcomes new members to the Student Advisory Committee (SAC), a group of up to 20 students from across the country who have shown extraordinary leadership and dedication to Active Minds. The SAC serves as an advisory body to the national office staff and brings the student perspective to organizational decision-making.

Read on to meet the 2016-2017 Student Advisory Committee!

Melina Acosta

School: University of TeMelinaxas at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
Studies: Psychology, Statistics
Fun Fact: Melina loves HGTV – she’s obsessed with houses and would love to flip one!


Emily Ahlin

School: University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburg, PA)
Studies: Political Science, Russian/Eastern European studies
Fun Fact: Her favorite color is yellow and although her favorite book series will always be Harry Potter, her favorite book is The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak.

Erica Cooke

ericaSchool: Bridgewater College (Bridgewater, VA)
Studies: Psychology, Neuroscience and German
Fun Fact: Erica is currently working on her minor in GERMANY!

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The Best Things About Being a Development Intern at Active Minds


Thinking about applying for a summer internship at the Active Minds national office? You should! Take it from a current intern, Alison, who has been working with the development department. Learn more about our internship program here.

1. You learn A LOT:

As a development intern, you help plan, coordinate, and execute all Active Minds fundraising efforts. You learn about donor outreach strategies, effective communication methods, and have the chance to contribute ideas and feedback for development opportunities.

2. You improve your communication skills:

You correspond with current and potential donors, Active Minds chapter members and alumni, and the rest of the Active Minds staff through multiple channels and modes of communication.

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ICYMI: Active Minds Featured in The New York Times


Kathryn speaks at an Active Minds meeting at Penn. Photo courtesy of The New York Times.

Active Minds believes deeply in helping students find their voice and share their story. We are incredibly proud to have Active Minds chapter leader and former intern, Kathryn, bravely sharing hers in this The New York Times article on campus suicide.

** Please note, this piece discusses means of suicide and may be triggering. **

Although stress and mental health problems are certainly prevalent at Ivy League schools, they are by no means exclusive to elite institutions. Active Minds is proud to support chapters on more than 400 diverse campuses, of every type, across the country.

Check out the article and let us know what you think!



My Experience as an Active Minds Intern


anigif_enhanced-buzz-8533-1352936235-4Want to intern for Active Minds? Ya’ll should apply today because its been an awesome experience.

I didn’t really know what I was getting my self into when I applied, but as soon as I got accepted to work with Active Minds I was wicked excited! I am an Intern for The Active Minds Speakers Bureau. I have been apart of Active Minds @ Saint Michael’s College for the past few years and have enjoyed all of my experiences with our chapter. Its because of those great experiences I had at my college that I decided to intern with the Active Minds National Office.

When I applied to intern for The Active Minds National Office, I read a blog post on the Active Minds Blog, Titled 5 Reasons to intern with Active Minds. As I am in the middle of my internship now I would say that those 5 reasons have all been true for me and I am very grateful for that. Continue Reading

Apply Today to Intern at the Active Minds National Office


Fall Intern ApplicationsCalling all college students! Are you looking for a fun and engaging fall internship? Want to work with a passionate and dedicated team? And eat lunch at Chipotle entirely too much?

Apply today to join our team as a fall intern! We have positions open in the following areas: Communications, Fundraising & Special Events, Mental Health Awareness and the Active Minds Speakers Bureau.

Read on for more information:

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What the Student Advisory Committee Means to Me


Active Minds is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 SAC term until January 9. Apply today!

DAVEY ChrisSomeone once told me that the best parts of a place are the people, and I believe that is the case for Active Minds. I have been a member of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) for almost 2 years now.

SAC is a group of 12-15 Active Minds chapter leaders that advises the national office and helps plan the annual National Mental Health on Campus Conference.


When I was given the opportunity to reflect on and write about my time with the committee, I could only focus on the people. From the first time we met as a group, both students and staff made a lasting impression on me, and a couple things have stuck with me since then.

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