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Active Minds, Inc.

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Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health Associations, Mental Health Disorders, Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Active Minds is the young adult voice in mental health advocacy. By supporting a rapidly growing network of hundreds of student-led chapters at colleges and universities, Active Minds empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. Active Minds is a national nonprofit headquartered in Washington D.C. Follow us on Twitter @Active_Minds. For more information visit: www.ActiveMinds.org.

Programs: Active Minds is the young adult voice in mental health advocacy. By supporting a rapidly growing network of hundreds of student-led chapters at colleges and universities, Active Minds empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. Active Minds is a national nonprofit headquartered in Washington D.C. Follow us on Twitter @Active_Minds. For more information visit: www.ActiveMinds.org.

Community Stories

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kevin Briggs was very engaging with the audience. He made the speaking engagement personable and the audience was able to relate to his message.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kevin Briggs was very generous with his time, was relatable, and shared so much personal and professional information that it drew the audience in.
-Active Minds Speaker Host

Client Served

Rating: 5

By using Pay it Forward, the speaker was able to provide first hand knowledge and experiences to the general public and college students.
-Active Minds Speaker Host

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.
-Active Minds Speaker Host

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alison Malmon spoke at our campus and she was compassionate, articulate, informative, and inspiring.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for all that you are doing around mental health education!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

-Active Minds Speaker Host

Volunteer

Rating: 3

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.

Juhee A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Alexandra M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

sraquel

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Asad M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Veena V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!