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Active Minds, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Active Minds has been such a positive experience in my life. From going to the National Conference to going to the Student Advisory Commitee Retreat. I will never be able to pay Active Minds back for all the experience and courage they have given me. I even mentioned Active Minds in a job interview and they were impressed!

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Alyse2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Emily137

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Matt92

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Faven M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Former staff

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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