Checking My Crystal Ball

Embed from Getty Images About this time every spring, the cherry blossoms bloom and I’m on my way to a two-day committee meeting for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It’s one of my favorite meetings of the year and, incredibly, this was my twelfth year in a row attending. I’m a big believer in the…

Mental Health is for Everyone

You might have noticed that we here at Active Minds’ national office haven’t commented much on the political climate here in the United States over the last few weeks and months. There’s one particularly compelling reason for this. As a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization, we generally have to stay out of politics. For example, we…

My Time with the Guardian

The Active Minds Internship Program offers college students the opportunity to work with various departments within the Active Minds National organization at our headquarters in Washington, DC.  Angela Dong, the Active Minds Speakers Bureau Fall intern, was able to realize a dream goal of interviewing one of her mental health heroes — Sgt. Kevin Briggs, Active…

Hannah’s Story

Hannah Metzger joined Active Minds as a freshman and served as chapter president at West Chester University (PA) for two years. Over the summer, we had the privilege of hosting Hannah as an intern at our national office. After watching the interview below, you’ll be so impressed with Hannah’s strength, warmth, and poise, and the amazing impact Active…

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…

Build the Door

A few years ago, I started Active Minds’ formal observation of Suicide Prevention Month. There were several reasons for this. Chief among them was that we all know too many people who have died by suicide; or we know their loved ones; or we know people who have attempted; or we, ourselves, have contemplated taking…