So I Start

5 years before, most everything was pink What a beautiful cause What a beautiful way to think What if… but no. I thought    Yet I searched, to my disbelief The green beacon shined As a hopeful motif Against the hate. Seen prior   Emphasizing my loss Such words Made me want to kill my-…

EXPECTO PATRONUM! A Spell or a mantra?

Ever since being introduced to the Harry Potter books in elementary school I’ve felt a strong connection to the magical world that has taken me beyond that which I sometimes feel with my real life acquaintances. Attending book and movie releases helped me have something to look forward to, the characters’ growth something to guide…

Mothers and Mental Health

It’s very easy to pass Mother’s Day over as a holiday invented (or at least commandeered) by Hallmark to sell cards. However, celebrations of moms go back hundreds of years, with multiple different days of celebration and specific traditions. This includes both the Ancient Romans, who celebrated the festival of Hilaria on the Ides of…

Racism is Making Us Sick

Help and hope are available. Over the last 14 years, Active Minds has empowered students facing mental health struggles to share their stories to let others know they’re not alone and to spread that message: help and hope are available. During my time as a member of the Active Minds team, I’ve come to recognize…

The Green Necklace

“Stigma causes shame, shame causes silence, silence hurts us all” From the first time I read this, I was intrigued. Intrigued in a positive way for sure, but I couldn’t quite figure out why. I joined Active Minds at the University of Maine just a couple weeks into my first semester. Almost instantly I felt…

Learning to Let Go

This post was written by Stacy Pershall, a member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau who speaks to schools and groups nationwide about mental health and eating disorders. The place: Prairie Grove, Arkansas.  The year: 1985.  The setting: a bedroom closet with burnt-orange carpet and a brown slatted door.  The protagonist, who’s also the antagonist:…