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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#ReasonsISpeak: In the Hope of Helping Others

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This post is part of a Suicide Prevention Month blog series. Read the other blogs here

Like Pablo’s story? You can bring him to your campus to speak about mental health. Learn more here.
Pablopic4I’m reminded of the #ReasonsISpeak on a daily basis. My recovery requires it. I didn’t ask to go through what I went through, but I am doing my best to make the most of it now.

Having kept quiet for so long about my attempt, addiction, and recovery while also having screamed incoherent pleas at the world, I have finally found myself in a position to help others.
I share my story because I feel like I owe it to everyone who suffers quietly, for those that do not find themselves in a position to speak and those who need hope in their lives. I have felt the isolation of depression and addiction. I speak in hopes of helping others through that feeling of isolation. I want everyone to know they are not alone in this, and that recovery and healing really truly is possible.
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Better Together: Pablo Campos Adds His Story to Active Minds Speakers Bureau

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I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would have the courage to share my story with so many people.  But, being able to use my story to help empower and encourage others to take action and tell their own mental health stories is an unparalleled opportunity.

As you all know, mental health is still an unknown concept for many people, and those who struggle are often misunderstood. I’m excited to work with all of you to build the momentum we need to spread awareness and understanding as far and wide as possible. Continue Reading

Hot Summer, Cool New Speakers

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I don’t know about you, but I usually think of July as a pretty sleepy, quiet month (except for July 4, of course, which is pretty loud and sparkly). This July is different, though, because I have the pleasure of announcing two new speakers to the Active Minds Speakers Bureau, and that is BIG, EXCITING and NOISY news!

Kai Roberts and Pablo Campos come to us from two very different backgrounds but with a common thread that runs deeply through all the Active Minds speakers—a personal story
of mental health struggle, diagnosis and journey to wellness. These two young guys bring their unique chronicles of mental health disorder and the roads they traveled along the way to realization, activism and recovery. Continue Reading