By Jaylene Guevara
Active Minds is a national organization that encourages students to be more open about their mental health.
The organization had a tabling last Tuesday during U-Hour to inform students about the camaraderie that Active Minds aims to build within the college campus.
In addition, the tabling involved a project called PostSecret.
“PostSecret was created by Frank Warren, who created a blog called PostSecret.com,” said third-year food and nutrition student and President of Active Minds Jordyn Metchikoff. “He randomly passed out postcards to strangers and told them to mail their PostSecret back to him. He surprisingly got a lot in return and felt that he could relate to them. They were all anonymously posted on his blog, which gained a lot of popularity.”
Because of the positive feedback Warren has received throughout the years from his PostSecret project, Active Minds has decided to do the same.
In fact, there will be a PostSecret event on May 18 in the Bronco Student Center (Ursa Minor) at 7 p.m., which will feature a PostSecret gallery.
In addition, Frank Warren, who started the PostSecret project, will be attending the event.
Warren will be discussing the PostSecret project and its relationship with mental health.
The purpose of the PostSecret event is to show students that they are not alone.
There are plenty of resources on campus for mental health and it is important to seek help when needed.
For example, there are Counseling Services (Bldg 66, Rm 116), Student Health Services (Bldg 46) and the Wellness Center (Bldg 46).
“We want students to know that they can talk about mental health openly and that it should be looked at as a normal conversation rather than it being taboo,” said nutrition science student and secretary of Active Minds Jessica Hipsley.
Mental health has become a prominent issue all over the world, especially on college campuses.
With all of the stressors that come along with being a student and the real world, times do become challenging for many.
To know that there are resources on campus that provide help is something that is very important.
Active Minds works closely with the Wellness Center on campus, and Metchikoff and Hipsley are also peer health educators at the Wellness Center.
In addition to the resources that are provided on campus, there are also other off-campus resources available (community centers, faith centers, doctors, friends and more).
Overall, Active Minds’ top priority is to raise mental health awareness.
Empowering students to speak openly, motivate students to seek help and changing the culture of mental health awareness is the organization’s ultimate goal.
It is essential to change the culture of mental health awareness because often times, these issues are stigmatized and neglected.
One in four college students live with a mental illness.
By starting the conversation about mental health, it can help a lot of people in the long run.
Due to the lack of understanding, mental illness and mental health often have a negative connotation.
However, the organization aims to break down the negative stereotypes that affect people all over the world.
Active Minds encourages students from all majors and backgrounds to join in on changing the culture of mental health awareness.
Furthermore, May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
This month is a great time to get involved with Active Minds as they plan to take on a stronger approach to educate students on campus.
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