21 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts Guaranteed to Boost Your Mood

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Let’s face it: Finals season can be incredibly stressful. So for Stress Less Week, we’re giving you tips to help unwind and laugh more. Today, we bring you the top Twitter accounts to follow and boost your mood:

1. Tim Siedell (@badbanana)

2. Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien)

3. National Geographic Photography (@NatGeoPhoto)

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Program Bank Spotlight: Active Minds at UMD’s Stress Less Week Carnival

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10252173_10152037603466034_6139215087933776550_nWe all know what springtime means in the Active Minds world — time to celebrate Stress Less Week! While all of our chapters develop unique events during Stress Less Week, Active Minds at The University of Maryland College Park, never fails to execute a successful National Stress Less Week Carnival.

With each year getting better and better, 2015 will be another exciting Stress Less Week for the students at UMD. This month, the national office would like to highlight Active Minds at The University of Maryland’s National Stress Less Week Carnival — a day filled with games, food, puppies, and more!

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Stress Less Week: Living With Panic Attacks

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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.

I created a YouTube series about mental illness.

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Join Us: Stress Less Twitter Chat on April 15

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14592653118_dde584e697_oCalling all #StigmaFighters: On Wednesday, April 15 — during Stress Less Week — Active Minds will be partnering with our friends at Stamp Out Stigma to host a Twitter chat on stress management in college. We want to hear from you!

Here are the details:

Who: Active Minds and Stamp Out Stigma
What: A Twitter chat on stress management
When: Wednesday, April 15 at 1 p.m.

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Stress Less, Talk More, Change a Life

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TTA_logoAs we begin preparing for final exams and end-of year activities, learning about stress reduction techniques can have a positive impact on our mental health. Now, during Stress Less Week, there’s a fun and innovative way to get your campus talking about mental health and stress management: Text, Talk, Act.

Text, Talk, Act uses text messaging to facilitate a face-to-face conversation on mental health and stress reduction techniques. On April 14th, gather participants in small groups (3-4 people) with one cell phone per group. Text START to the number 89800 to receive a series of text messages that will guide the group through a conversation on mental health: why it is important, how to care for it, and how to help a friend in need. Groups will also talk about ways to reduce stress and receive resources for more information.

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Stress Less Week is Coming Up: April 13-17

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It’s one of the toughest times of the year: papers and projects are due, you’re running solely on caffeine and there just isn’t enough time for sleep. The good news is you’re not alone: 51 percent of college students reported feeling overwhelming anxiety in the last year.

That’s why Active Minds is hosting Stress Less Week from April 13-17. We’ve developed tons of resources and programs to help you get through your finals to-do list with as little stress as possible. Here are three ways you can participate in Stress Less Week:

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Bring Home the Bacon: Fundraising Ideas for the Spring Semester

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EasyPeasyFundraising2With the school year winding down, you’re looking for some quick ideas that can help you reach your fundraising goal. Well, you’re in luck. Read on to learn more about our Easy-Peasy Fundraisers, packed with great ideas to incorporate into your current programming and become the fundraising superstar we know you are!

Letter Writing Campaign (Time Sensitive: March)

In March 2000, Brian Malmon lost his life to suicide — prompting his only sibling, and our founder, Alison, to take action to change the conversation about mental health. And with a lot of determination (and just a few resources), Active Minds was created in a cramped dorm room at the University of Pennsylvania.

Write letters to friends and family to share a little background on the founding of Active Minds and the impact it has had on your life. Keep mind:

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How to Plan an Effective Spring Semester

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The spring semester is right around the corner. It’s easy to lose sight of all of the programs, fundraisers, and meetings you want to put on once school starts up. It can also be challenging to make sure that your events fit together in a logical order–to make them as successful as possible.

Here are some questions to consider that can shape your plans for the upcoming semester:

What do you need to get done?

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Stress Less Week: Prioritizing Self-Care as a Mental Health Advocate

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Welcome to the Winter 2014 Stress Less Week blog series! Learn more about how to host a Stress Less event on your campus.

I have come to believe that caringfor (1)You’re a mental health advocate. That’s a tough job with a lot of responsibilities. When you “come out,” so-to-speak, as someone who struggles with mental illness or advocates on behalf of those who do, you open yourself up to the very likely possibility that other people will want to talk to you about their own struggles.

On one hand, that’s a really beautiful thing. It speaks volumes to the importance of story-telling and bearing our truths so that others may also come forward.

But there’s a downside to being so open and accessible about these very tough issues. You have to know and accept your limits as a person. And I struggled for a long time before I finally realized that.

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