Active Minds

Student organization spotlights mental health

By Christian Hunick
On April 5, 2018

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Members of Active Minds particpate in one of their on-campus events. Active Minds aims to bring awareness of mental health issues.

 

The student chapter of Active Minds is a new organization at ASU that spreads awareness of mental health issues and strives to reduce the stigma toward people living with these issues.

While the organization and its members do not have the training to act as counselors or a support group, they work to provide students with factual information about mental health disorders and their symptoms and inform them about the resources ASU provides for mental health care.

“As much as we would like to say that we are a support group for people that deal with mental health illnesses, we actually don’t have the proper training, education, and experience to do that,” Active Minds President Rosalyn Hollingsworth said. “Instead, we try to break down the negative stigma towards mental health illnesses and tell students that they are not alone and that it is ok to reach out for help.”

Hollingsworth recalled that her own experience with mental health issues and as well as those of a close friend, played a role in her bringing Active Minds to ASU.

“I’ve heard my friend’s personal stories of dealing with mental health issues, and I’ve had my own personal story, so I wondered why there wasn’t some presence on campus bringing that to light and telling people that mental health should be thought of more.”

Hollingsworth said that while doing some research, she discovered a national organization devoted to doing just that: Active Minds.

After pitching the idea to friends and gathering enough members, an Active Minds chapter at ASU was officially created, and the organization has been growing ever since.

One recent event Active Minds participated in was a bake sale on March 1, World Compliment Day. Not only did the bake sale provide much-needed funds for the expanding organization, but it also gave students a chance to brighten each others’ days with compliments.

They also held several events during finals week last semester to help students relieve stress and promote a positive mindset.

Active Minds will host an event on April 25 for suicide awareness.

“Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students, so we are going to be partnering with the psychology club and Psi Chi to lay out stakes in the ground with ribbons to pay respects to the students who lost their lives to suicide last year,” Hollingsworth said. 

The following day, there will be an informative event in the C.J. Davidson Center where students can learn self-care techniques for their mental health.

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