Occidental 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.
My name is Sam, and I have an anxiety disorder and OCD.
That simple statement was almost impossible for me to utter to anyone other than my family and close friends until about a year ago. I was afraid to talk to others about my problems and issues for fear of being judged.
Then, about a year ago, I threw all that aside and decided to embark on one of the scariest journeys of my life.