Active Minds is leading the way in the fight for suicide prevention; a new generation of students and mentors educating, advocating and partaking in the powerful act of storytelling.
Kevin Briggs was very engaging with the audience. He made the speaking engagement personable and the audience was able to relate to his message.
Kevin Briggs was very generous with his time, was relatable, and shared so much personal and professional information that it drew the audience in.
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By using Pay it Forward, the speaker was able to provide first hand knowledge and experiences to the general public and college students.
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We hosted Pablo Campos, Active Minds Speaker. Pablo engaged the students right away with his warmth and humor. They related easily to his presentation and appreciated the interactive style he used.
Colleen Coffey, Active Minds Speaker, is such a lovely person who connected with individuals before, during, and after her presentation with such passion and professionalism.
Kevin Briggs was fantastic!!! Very easy to work with. Great information and skills were shared. He was open to attending several gatherings with students and staff once on campus.
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David Romano was fantastic and a really great fit with this high school population and its administration and staff. He was really well received by the all-school assembly and by the parents in the evening session.
Alison Malmon spoke at our campus and she was compassionate, articulate, informative, and inspiring.
Frank Warren of PostSecret and the Active Minds team were very easy to work with. Frank was engaging for our audience and related his presentation back to the mission of our organization.
We hosted Kai Roberts at our school for a mental health speaking event. Kai was very easy to work with throughout the process. We were able to check in, customize the presentation, and plan for a great event. Kai was able to engage with the audience with ease and authenticity. Kai was an excellent performer. His music was well received. His story was very engaging.
David Romano was an absolute amazing Active Minds speaker. He touched the lives of every single student in the assembly and encouraged many students to speak up and ask for help. His words help to start the conversation about mental health.
I can't thank you enough for one of your speakers coming to our school and I truly feel fortunate to have met them this past weekend. Thank you for coming and making such an impact on all who attended, myself included.
I’m so grateful for this session I can’t wait to bring this back to our entire organization. Thank you to the presenters and the panel members for sharing your experience. Appreciate this presentation and grateful there is an active minds organization! Great information on a subject no one wants to discuss, but we need to discuss daily. They shared so much good and easy steps to reach out to our students. Thank you!!!
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From a research perspective, I found that the Active Minds organization , is a nationwide program that works to reduce the stigma around mental distress particularly within college students. To do so, Active Minds chapters on college and university campuses throughout the country are engaging in different practices and creating more conversations regarding the issue. From a member perspective , I continuously see Active Minds practicing what they are preaching as an entirety . I can truly say that , the foundational message that Active Minds strives to share, is exactly what is being practiced on campuses such as my own . I have experienced this engagement through events and collaborations, conferences , Ted Talks from statewide influencers, Safetalk workshops, ect.
Active Minds is bringing changes in how we view mental health to colleges and high schools across the nation. From national campaigns such as Send Silence Packing and Stress Less Week, to unique discussions about specific topics within the scope of mental health, Active Minds creates safe spaces where students can know that they are not alone and help is available. Not only is Active Minds about spreading awareness, students can take on policy initiatives to change their campuses to make them more conducive to mental wellness. This is a phenomenal nonprofit, as it is tackling such a stigmatized topic in society that affects so many people.
Active Minds is a wonderful organization that allows college students to learn from one another about mental health. This organization is positively effecting thousands of students a day with the fight to change stigma around the conversation of mental health. Personally, I have grown so much due to this organization and their ability to educate students and the college community
I love being a part of Active Minds and connecting the student's in my college to mental health resources and information. Active Minds is reducing stigmas associated with mental health all over the country.
Being involved with Active Minds the past 4 years has honestly changed my college experience for the better. I found people who understood mental health and a movement that needs voices like mine to speak up. I’m so grateful for the people I’ve met through Active Minds.
Active Minds has been an incredibly amazing experience in my life. I have found my purpose on campus, found some close friends, and most importantly gave me a voice to advocate for those who may be living in silence. I am more than grateful for this organization and I am so happy to be a part of it.
Active Minds is doing such important and impactful work. For so many years, mental illness had been dealt with quietly and anonymously. The organization is working nationally and on hundreds of college campuses to open a dialogue, normalize and create a network of support around mental illness and suicide prevention. They reach a broad audience with their creative, compassionate and accessible approach. I'm a proud supporter of their work and am grateful for the strategies they implement and the supportive culture they are building.
There is no other organization out there working so hard and so effectively to de-stigmatize mental illness on college campuses. It can literally mean the difference between life and death for so many of our young people. I am always so impressed with the organization's management and mission.
I have personally seen the incredibly positive effect Active Minds has in the world today and I am so appreciative of the work they are doing!
Active Minds is an incredible mental health organization. The work they do to combat stigma, advocate, and support those in need is saving lives every day-- I know because they saved mine. In the midst of a crippling depressive episode, I discovered Active Minds through a friend's recommendation. And, after months of despair, that’s when things began to change. Up until that point I had been completely hopeless and felt utterly alone, and Active Minds provided for me that community of understanding that my friends and family, try as they might, simply couldn’t. Had I not connected with Active Minds, and through it, gained access to a world that embraced and understood mental illness, I’m not sure how my story would have ended.
Active Minds gave me a place to go when I felt as though I belonged nowhere. I was vulnerable, terrified, and so close to giving up. But I reached out to them and they embraced me. They gave me a purpose. In a time when I was struggling to find meaning in anything, they gave me a reason to believe in myself and believe that I could, and would, get better. That I had value in this world. Because many of them had been there themselves, they absolutely understood what I was going through, and they knew I’d come out of it. And when you’re depressed, believe me– that kind of understanding is everything.
With the support of Active Minds, my incredible family and friends, and good medical care, I came out of that debilitating depressive episode, fragile at first but then stronger than before. Thanks to Active Minds, I learned how to fight. I learned (and continue to learn), through therapy, openness, and connection with others who’ve been there, how to take care of myself— how to recognize my own thoughts versus the depression, how to utilize my resources, how to be true to myself and accept who I am, flaws, illness and all.
Active Minds is, every day, changing the conversation about mental health, and in doing so, changing lives. It is creating a world where we can feel just as comfortable seeking help for mental illness as we would seeking help for a broken limb. A world where there is no shame, no stigma, no reason to feel so desperately alone. No reason to lose hope.
It has been 10 years since I discovered Active Minds, and to this day I remain heavily involved in the organization. I wholeheartedly believe in the work they do, and wholeheartedly believe that no one does it better. I've seen the organization grow and expand across college and high school campuses nationwide, and it warms my heart to know that so many young adults are benefitting from their services and mission. This organization is truly changing the world, and I'm honored to be one small piece of proof.
I joined the Active Minds chapter at my school during my first semester at college, and it has completely shaped my college experience for the better. I have become so invested in the organization and the mental health advocacy that they engage in- it's truly incredible work. I have only had good experiences with Active Minds- as a chapter leader, whenever I run into any issues, the national staff have been nothing but responsive, helpful, and friendly, and it is obvious to me that everyone in the organization is passionate about the work. The chapter network has expanded to over 450 chapters nationwide, and their reach on college campuses is so expansive that I have made connections on and off campus with people currently or previously involved with the organization. Active Minds has become one of the most prominent voices in mental health advocacy, and I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to engage with such a hardworking group of people to get the word out about reducing mental health stigma.
Active Minds is an exceptional non-profit that promotes mental health awareness and suicide prevention on college campuses through work at the national level with policy and networking, as well as on the local level with chapters at universities across the country. It is a great cause for students to come together, share their story, and open the conversation at their schools.
Active Minds is an efficient nonprofit working with limited resources and yet making a tremendous impact beyond comprehension. It is filled with lovely, caring, wonderful people who are driven in making an impact through the nonprofit.
Active Minds has shaped me to be the person who I am today. Through this organization, I’ve connected with others who share the same passion and dedication to change the conversation around mental health. It has touched lives of most on my campus in Massachuessetts through tabling, social events, speakers, etc and changed them for the better. Many students on campus thank us for our work and involvement of Active Minds to educate the community because it means so much to them.
Active Minds has changed my life. It really helped me and my peers change the conversation around mental health and bring light to topics that desperately need to be talked about. I would not have the college experience that I had or be the person that I am without Active Minds.
I found Active Minds after going through mental health struggles of my own. I wanted to find an organization that worked towards ending the stigma associated with mental health. After browsing the internet, I came across Active Minds and fell in love with it. I loved how student-led it was and how close of a community I suddenly became a part of. Starting my own chapter and now being on the SAC, I am so grateful for this organization.
I found Active Minds at my community college as a non traditional student. It helped me to be a part of something and helped me to acclimate. This has been one of the most accepting and genuine group of people, and even groups of groups. It is a very rewarding cause to be able to be helped while helping others. Bringing awareness to struggling students and everyone, that there is help and asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of.
Having an Active Minds chapter on my campus has changed my life for the better, for sure. Being part of this organization has not only given me the opportunity to do something meaningful and fulfilling and figure out that I want to pursue a career in helping people with mental health challenges, but also allowed me to enter friendships that I will cherish for a lifetime. Because what Active Minds does, beyond spreading awareness, is creating communities all around the US and a few places abroad. That's what is special about Active Minds. 10/10.
Active Minds has empowered me to use my voice to help others. Before Active Minds I felt uncomfortable talking about my personal mental health story and was unsure how I could be an advocate. When I became a member of my chapter of Active Minds at Penn State I learned that it can simply start with a non-stigmatizing conversation. Through innovative events such as National Day Without Stigma, Active Minds outreaches to thousands of students at campuses across the nation.
Active Minds has truly molded my college experience and my future aspirations in mental health field.
Active Minds has quite honestly saved my life. It has given me purpose and a passion. Mental health non profit work is what I've decided to go to college for and has become my career path. I owe everything to this organization that has helped me, my family, and everyone around me. From the founder to board members, everyone involved in this organization has been amazing, welcoming, and helpful. Five stars isn't enough to express how truly important and awesome this organization is!
Active Minds is a life saving organization! It is empowerment and unity. Society tells us not to talk about our mental struggles, but if we struggle in silence, we lose lives. I was struggling when I found Active Minds. Suddenly, the panic attacked, the darkness that I was feeling did not feel like my problem alone! I found friends who understood me and supported me. And I was able to help others. Active Minds is amazing because it respects college students as adults. We do not require that you get treatment or put one treatment above another. We bring all the information to the table and empower students to seek help for themselves and to help others. This compassionate, hopeful, inspiring organization is a model for non profits looking to help young people change the world and change their own lives!
Active Minds has been such a positive force in bringing about change on college campuses regarding mental health stigma. Active Minds Inc has always been responsive to the actual needs of college campuses and incorporating student feedback. I'm so happy to be a part of this organization and to have learned so much/met so many unique individuals over the past few years.
I have been with this organization for two years in high school and all of my college career. I am the president of my chapter, and am so proud to be a part of such an incredible organization. Active minds saved my life by providing me with a purpose and a way to help others while raising awareness for mental health and stigma. This organization is so important and has helped so many people since it's creation!
Active Minds is an extremely important organization and influences college campuses around the country! Active Minds chapters constantly are working to spread positivity and make sure students receive a better quality academic experience. They showcase the importance of mental health and are totally awesome! Active Minds chapters also provide students with all kinds of leadership opportunities and give students platforms to share their stories. My college experience wouldn't be the same without active minds!
I worked with Active Minds as an intern for two semesters, followed by currently serving as an Emerging Scholars fellow with them. Active Minds is amazing. They have helped me grow personally and professionally, and it is amazing to see what they do on college campuses. The chapters have so much support from the national office, and you can tell that it is because of this that the chapters thrive and truly make a difference on their respective campuses. At the national office, everyone who works there is passionate and determined to be the best they can be. Everyone lends a helping hand and is eager to push forward the mission of Active Minds both through their professional work and personal work. I feel so supported by Active Minds and am eternally grateful for all the amazing opportunities they have given me. Without Active Minds, the conversation about mental health on college campuses would not be as successful.
Active Minds is truly amazing. They are passionate, informed, and exceed in the mental health world. Active Minds is empowering students to change the conversation about mental illness on campuses internationally. Interning at the national office was one of the best experiences of my life. The staff are so dedicated to the work they do and it shows- lives are being changed and saved daily by the work Active Minds does. I am so inspired by everyone I worked with and I'm excited to continue to be a part of the conversation that Active Minds helps foster.
Active Minds is an incredible organization that is changing the conversation around mental health. It's such a taboo topic, but yet is so important to every single person in the world. Through their chapters on campus, passionate speakers bureau, and thought-provoking programs, they really are setting a new precedent for the way in which we should be discussing mental health. The entire staff is welcoming and compassionate which makes them very accessible to ask for help. For anyone interested in contributing to the mental health field, I would absolutely suggest working with, or donating to, Active Minds!
As a chapter member turned chapter officer turned volunteer intern for Active Minds, I have had an incredible experience being a part of this organization. Working on the Chapters Team, I have seen first-hand just how much the Active Minds staff cares about each individual chapter and how hard they work to ensure every student is connected to all of the resources Active Minds has to offer. Even though my own chapter of Active Minds is very new to our campus (Tulane University), we have gained so much momentum and everyone on campus knows who we are. This is because we have received so much positive support from the Chapters Team, and volunteering for them this summer has just confirmed how much they truly care. Active Minds in an amazing organization for which I have so much admiration and respect.
Active Minds is an absolutely fantastic non-profit empowering college students to make a difference on their college campuses with a difficult subject matter, mental illness. They have worked tirelessly over the past decade to create programming that is effective and reaches students with a life-saving message and empowered their students on campuses to go further and develop even more programming. I'm so glad that Active Minds has been part of my college career and I know I would not be the person I am today without it. Active Minds has encouraged me to grow as a person and a leader and reminded me how important it is to take care of my own mental health at the same time.
I've attached pictures of students I've met from across the country, tabling activities I've done on my campus, and awards my chapter has won on my campus for programming we've implemented.
Active Minds effectively raises awareness about mental health stigma and gives students the tools to do the same on their campuses and in their communities. Where they go above and beyond, however, is in their empowerment of students to become leaders and gain transferable skills to make a difference in other social movements as well.
Active Minds has given students at SDSU a safe space to share and platform to educate others about mental health on our campus. Our chapter uses guidelines given to us from Active Minds Inc. to implement change. We work to reduce the stigma associated with mental health so that anyone in need of support feels that they are not alone, and ensure they feel they have the ability to get connected to the appropriate resources. An estimated 1,100 college students died by suicide last year and we hope that by our chapter being present on campus that we help to ensure every seat at graduation is filled. The main issues we raise awareness about are Suicide Prevention, Eating Disorders, Stress Reduction, Veteran awareness, and in general the stigma associated with mental illness and how it prevents getting people the help they need. After we host events on our campus, there are always students that give the counseling center a call who may not have before. We are making a difference and we couldn't do it without Active Minds Inc!!
Active Minds provides the much needed space for students on college campuses to discuss mental health issues. As the population most at risk for developing a mental health issue, it is imperative that students on college campuses be aware of and educated about mental health and mental illness. The work Active Minds does truly changes campus cultures, thereby saving lives and promoting greater health.
Active Minds has made an incredible impact on my life and that of others. As the only organization of its kind (peer-to-peer mental health education/support for college students) Active Minds is impacting a unique population in need of their work. I have been involved with Active Minds for 4 years now and plan to be for many more.
Active Minds is one of the few organizations that focuses on the particular issue of mental health in college counseling students, and they enable their mission by engaging the very population they focus on. Through programs like PostSecretU, the National Speakers Bureau, and Send Silence Packing, Active Minds gives students visually engaging ways to learn more and begin a conversation about mental health. I have been lucky to be a part of Active Minds for 4 years and will continue to assist in their mission for many years to come.
This non-profit is extremely passionate about their their mission. It was evident how passionate the staff is about the mission of the non-profit. It was very inspiring and comforting to know that the staff believes in the work that they are doing. They also produce a lot of material/work especially for being such a small staff.
I have been a chapter member of Active Minds since I started college and have interned for Active Minds for two semesters now. They have helped me find my passion for mental health and achieve my goals in social work more than I have ever dreamed. This is one of the greatest nonprofits benefiting college students and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health.
Active Minds has brought so much light into my life because I now know that I can share my struggles and openly discuss mental health with those who aren't as educated on the topic. Active Minds has definitely changed my perspective on mental health and I can't wait to share it with the rest of the world.
Active Minds nationally does great work reaching out to campuses all across the country. From the very first contact with them, they have been helpful every step of the way. It has never taken more than an hour or two to have an e-mail answered! Each encounter with the national office makes running my college chapter 1000x easier. The impact Active Minds is making on my campus alone is incredibly inspiring, and I am excited to see how Active Minds shapes the lives of young adults on the national level
Active Minds has helped me succeed as a college student by giving me leadership experience and a space to talk about mental health.
Active Minds helped me and so many other students at my college feel safe to speak openly about mental health. They helped provide us with materials and wonderful ideas to implement on our campus!
Active Minds really values the work and input of the interns. You feel that the work you do will actually impact the organization. There is also the opportunity to learn from various departments and try new things. Everyone is very supportive and willing to teach and guide you.
I became involved with the Active Minds internship program as of spring 2016. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with a team of passionate and talented individuals, who genuinely care about their interns! I have learned so much about best practices and strategies to effectively start the conversation about mental health.
In each project, I see the time and dedication Active Minds has towards creating educational resources, coordinating speaker sessions, and engaging with student chapters to further their mission and vision: to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health. I am grateful to be a part of Active Minds!
This organization is great! I have been able to learn so much about mental health and allow my talents to shine through this organization. It allows me to help college students learn about mental health and make it more of a "normal" thing than abnormal like the majority of the population sees it now. I joined active minds because I lost a family member to suicide and it has allowed me to express my own story and be able to have an impact on the community around me. I am so thankful that active minds is a huge part of my like and my college career.
Active Minds works to eliminate stigma, raise awareness, educate, and prevent suicide on college campuses. Active Minds is an organization that changes the lives of college students. I am definitely one of those students. I become involved in this organization immediately upon entering college and wanted to be involved because of my passion for helping people and for mental health awareness. It became a kind of family for me where I could be myself without having to worry and advocate for other students, which is hugely inspiring. This organization and the support we receive as members of the organization is amazing; I feel like what I am doing to eliminate the stigma of mental illness and to raise awareness about mental health on my campus is extremely important. As one of the presidents of a chapter as well as a member on the Student Advisory Committee, I can attest to the energy and motivation of the staff and members of this organization, and I know that it will only continue to grow and prosper. I hope that others who haven't heard about Active Minds check out this amazing organization and support it. It has truly been an amazing experience being a part of this organization.
Active Minds spreads an amazing message and has started a movement on college campuses to de-stigmatize mental illness and mental health in order to promote a healthy environment where nobody feels ashamed to reach out for help.
The work that Active Minds does to change the conversation on mental health is so critical to helping people who would otherwise stay in the shadows. Active Minds chapters do more than just help their own members, they change their campus for the better and help everyone on their campus! From increasing funding to their campus counseling center to increasing awareness of college suicide through Active Minds' Send Silence Packing program, chapters have done so much to help so many.
Active Minds has personally helped me to increase my leadership skills, develop comfort with public speaking, and gain courage to reach out to others. Sharing my own mental health story has proved to be most beneficial in helping students to seek help for their mental health needs. Active Minds is the most important nonprofit involved with college campuses, especially during these trying times.
I serendipitously stumbled upon Active Minds' website on the one-year anniversary of my father's death by suicide. Starting a chapter on my college campus to advocate for mental health and suicide awareness has been the most fulfilling experience in my life. The national office works tirelessly to provide its 400+ chapters with creative ideas, resources, speakers, programs, and leadership opportunities. There are so many ways to shape, change, and save lives through Active Minds, and I am so grateful to be a part of this organization.
Active Minds is a group of a passionate individuals who are truly committed to eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness and empowering those who live with mental illness to tell their stories. Their wide college chapter network provides important programming and resources for students who are facing increased pressure and a number of mental health issues. I was so happy to have the chance to volunteer with this organization and help them with their important work.
Before Active Minds, I never knew much about mental health except for the fact that no one wanted to talk about it. After working for the non-profit, I have gained a passion and self-awareness for mental health and everything Active Minds does. They really connect with students and teach them so much. They arm colleges and college students with the knowledge and programs to spread awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health. I am so proud to have learned about the organization and that I had the privilege to work with them.
I became involved with Active Minds at my college. Due to my past, I wanted to join an organization that was passionate about mental health advocacy. I began attending Active Minds' chapter meetings and events, which also included planning a few exhibitions. I came to see that Active Minds utilizes the student's voice in raising awareness about mental health. Students plan awareness events that open new conversations and create safe spaces. Mental health is seldom spoken of on college campuses, but Active Minds is beginning to change that norm. From the employees in Washington, D.C. to the students at the numerous college chapters, mental advocacy is growing and changing for the better.
Mental illness is a problem we take for granted too often but it is finally getting the attention it deserves thanks to the efforts of organizations like Active Minds.
Their mission to remove the stigma that exists around mental health in order to encourage those battling with mental illness to speak up and find support is now, more than ever, one that we must all work to accomplish as we see the increase in suicides taking place in college campuses around the country.
Working closely with Active Minds for the past semester has given me the privilege to help their exceptional mission and to see the positive effect that they have on hundreds of college students around the country.
Active Minds is not only admirable for their truly significant mission but for their admirable staff that works restlessly to fulfill it. They are always looking for innovative ways to reach their community and help chapter members have all the necessary resources to be successful. It is the feeling of family that truly makes Active Minds an exceptional organization. They take pride of the work they put together as a team and in advancing their mission as a group.
It is organizations like Active Minds that help bring forth the voice of those who can’t do it themselves. I have become a true fan of their mission and the hard work they put in everyday to make sure that their mission is achieved. Mental health is a cause that needs everyone’s support and helping Active Minds is the best way to contribute in the fight against stigma.
I have been a Board member and donor to Active Minds for almost ten years, serving as the organization's Treasurer for most of that time. I started serving on the Board when the organization was in its infancy; a staff of just two, a Board of five or six. Now the staff is more than a dozen and the Board has evolved to 19 dedicated professional leaders.
I have been most impressed over this past decade with Active Minds' incredible growth, financial responsibility and stewardship, and its widespread impact. Every dollar that is donated to Active Minds is carefully spent on the activities and programming that will touch the most number of people with responsible, supportive, and inspiring messaging. Through its mission to change the conversation about mental health, Active Minds is changing communities, and saving young lives.