Contributed by: Sarah Savage
Everybody has mental health, yet why talk about it? As the pins below indicate, 1 in 4 people are living with a diagnosable mental illness. The data is even more alarming when you focus on college campuses where 1,100 college students die by suicide each year. This data can be found on the Active Minds website.
Speaking about Active Minds...Simmons has a chapter here on campus that meets on Monday evenings at 7pm in Quadside on the Residential Campus, but what is it? Active Minds is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental health. The Simmons Chapter has been nationally recognized as a 5-star chapter in areas such as the events they hold!
The coming events are our participating in National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) week from February 23-March 1st, a movie screening on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on March 26th, and the 3rd annual Great De-Stressor on April 26th. NEDA week will include tabling with resources from the Active Minds website, a screening of the documentary "Someday Melissa" on February 26th, and a scale smash and speak out. All of our events are welcome everyone and keep in mind the goal of raising mental health awareness on campus.
(Picture from 2013 Scale Smash!)
Active Minds is not peer support (although we can provide information about existing resources), but it is a space to create change. You do not have to have to be affected by a mental illness to participate in Active Minds. Whether you are affected, you are an ally, or you're even just interested in learning more, please show your support at our meetings and/or events. Student voices matter and through Active Minds, you can help to shape our campus into a space where people no longer struggle in silence.
(Picture from 2nd annual Great De-Stressor!)