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Active Minds @ LSUS - Student Organization

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Are you a currently enrolled student at LSUS?

Passionate about mental health?

Want to make a difference?

Join our campus chapter of Active Minds!

View our Active Minds student organization page on the AnchoredIn student engagement portal to find out more about membership, meetings, upcoming events, and other ways to get involved.

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To donate to our LSUS chapter of Active Minds, click here.

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ACTIVE MINDS @ LSUS

Mission/Purpose
Work to increase mental health awareness on campus, raise funds for critical mental health education and resources through the Active Minds national office, promote positive mental health, educate peers about the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, and encourage students to reach out for help when needed. Chapters play an important role in referring students to resources and starting conversations about this important topic.

Description
Active Minds chapters hold regular meetings to plan events, programs, and initiatives on their campus. These events range from programs available from the national office to any number of innovative initiatives a chapter comes up with. Some activities include tabling, speaker presentations, discussion panels, movie screenings, stress relief activities, art and music events, depression screenings, and social events.

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INFORMATION ABOUT ACTIVE MINDS

Active Minds is powered by more than 550 chapters located at high schools and colleges nationwide.

Each year, more than 15,000 students join an Active Minds high school or college chapter to serve as passionate advocates, stigma fighters, and educators for mental health.

AN UNPARALLELED CAMPUS NETWORK
Active Minds supports a vast and vibrant network of more than 550 campus-based chapters across the United States.

Each chapter is a registered student organization on campus. Chapters can be found at flagship public universities, Ivy League colleges, community colleges, minority-serving institutions, high schools, and even online universities.

Active Minds impacts more than 8 million students each year through our campus presence.

A PEER-TO-PEER APPROACH
More than 15,000 students each year join Active Minds chapters to raise awareness, promote positive mental health, educate their peers, and encourage students to reach out for help.

Chapter members are at the heart of Active Minds' innovative, student-to-student model, which addresses head-on the fact that 67% of young adults are more likely to seek help from a friend than anyone else.

WHAT DO CHAPTERS DO?
Active Minds chapters are a powerful force in the mental health movement.

Each chapter is a student-led group with anywhere from three powerful student members to as many as 300! Chapter members are dedicated volunteers who carry out the Active Minds mission on their local campuses. No matter the size of their group, these students' efforts create a comfortable environment for conversations about mental health.

Here are a few examples of what chapters do:

  • Organize campus events to increase awareness of mental health issues and suicide prevention. These include panel discussions, movie screenings, speaker presentations, stress-relief activities, or whatever is most effective and most needed on their campus.
  • Promote the services available from the counseling center and other organizations and distribute mental health resources by "tabling" in central areas of campus.
  • Hold fundraising events in support of the Active Minds movement.
  • Advocate for changes in campus policies and procedures to better support mental health.
  • Represent the student voice on campus health committees.
  • Chapters create programs that are responsive to the unique needs of their campus population. Their creativity and student focus leads to significant change.

Everyone has mental health and so everyone has a part to play in Active Minds. Chapters create compassionate communities of support and hope that extends beyond their group and influences all aspects of campus life.

WHO JOINS ACTIVE MINDS CHAPTERS?
Many members of Active Minds chapters are students with an interest in mental health, such as psychology, nursing, pre-med, and social work students. Some students are living with a mental health issue, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, or an eating disorder. Others are friends or family of people who live with an issue or are survivors of a friend or family member's suicide.

Active Minds Chapters are open to any enrolled student.

IS ACTIVE MINDS PEER SUPPORT?
No, Active Minds chapters do not serve as peer support groups. Student members promote existing professional services and help students know when those professional resources may be needed. Many chapters have regular meetings where they discuss current events, help each other prioritize self-care, and work to plan engaging educational events and programs for their peers.

Chapters do often become support networks for members, creating a place where student advocates know that others may share similar experiences, but each chapter is closely tied to its campus health and counseling services to be sure people get the appropriate support when needed.

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AN ACTIVE MINDS CHAPTER AND ITS SCHOOL?
Like most college student groups, Active Minds chapters are officially registered with the Student Activities Council (or similarly named entity) on their campus. Each Active Minds chapter has an advisor who is affiliated with the college or university.

Active Minds chapters are highly collaborative. More than 97% of chapters report strong campus partnerships, particularly with counseling services and student government.

CHANGING THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH SINCE 2003
Active Minds is the nation's premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults. We are dedicated to saving lives and to building stronger families and communities. Through education, research, advocacy, and a focus on young adults ages 14-25, Active Minds is opening up the conversation about mental health and creating lasting change in the way mental health is talked about, cared for, and valued in the United States.

We believe no one should have to struggle alone. By empowering young adults to speak openly about mental health, we can reduce stigma, encourage help seeking, and prevent suicides.

ALMOST 2O YEARS OF IMPACT
Active Minds is a national leader for young adult mental health advocacy and suicide prevention. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Active Minds brings to mental health what no other organization can - the voice of young people who are disproportionately affected by mental illnesses and the way mental health is addressed on campuses and in society at large.

Now in its sixteenth year, Active Minds is present in more than 800 schools, communities and workplaces nationwide, including 550 student-led chapters. Our programs and services empower young adults to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, create communities of support, and ultimately save lives.

AN APPROACH THAT WORKS
What has guided and distinguished us from the start is a belief that young people will be the drivers of change.

Each year, nearly 16,000 young adults join Active Minds as passionate advocates and educators for mental health. Our advocates encourage their peers and networks to learn about, talk about, and seek help for mental health issues just as they would for a physical issue, without shame or silence.

This peer-to-peer approach is unique to Active Minds and one that works.

  • One data point: 67% of young people tell a friend they are feeling suicidal before telling anyone else.
  • Another statistic: Students are 20% more likely to receive treatment on campuses that are perceived to be supportive of mental health issues than not.

Our approach addresses individual needs as well as the overall culture in the community, workplace, or campus. We build strong and supportive environments where anyone who needs help, seeks help, with confidence.

For more information, visit: Active Minds Website

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