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Are you interested in changing the conversation and reducing the stigma against mental health? If so, join Active Minds! Studies have showed that 7.3 million students across the world benefit from an Active Minds campus presence (Active Minds, 2020). Active Minds is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support for mental health awareness and education for students. Here at Stevenson University, Active Minds is devoted to saving lives and building a strong and impactful community to create a lasting change in how mental health is viewed. The club also encourages students to seek help as soon as needed and teaches students not only how to be there for themselves, but for their friends, family, and fellow peers as well.

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Photo Credits: Active Minds

Active Minds sponsors educational and service events at Stevenson University by means of educating students on mental illness and treatment options, as well as improving the quality of life for those struggling with mental illness. Some of these events include Stress-Less week during midterms and finals and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. In addition these events, Active Minds will be participating in National Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 24-March 1, 2020 to change the discourse surrounding body image, food, and eating disorders.

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Picture of students taking a pledge in support of NEDA during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (2019)

While joining new clubs can be intimidating at first, Active Minds accepts new members with open arms. Active Minds provides a safe space for all students struggling with mental illness and those who want to give a helping hand in our community. As a member of Active Minds, you can use your voice to advocate for mental health and promote change.

If you are interested, feel free to contact for more information, or visit their Instagram and Twitter for daily motivation and incite on the latest Active Minds news.

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By: Angel Longus

Active Minds is one of our nation’s premier nonprofit organizations that supports mental health awareness and education for students. Here at our Stevenson chapter, we are dedicated to changing the conversation and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health. This includes, but is not limited to, types of mental illnesses, histories of an individual that can lead to a change in mental health, and treatments. We as a club are devoted to saving lives and building a strong and impactful community to create a lasting change in how mental health is viewed. We believe that this can be done through education, research, and advocacy for those who need that support. We host a wide range of events throughout the semester to promote these concepts. Events include mental health tables and stress-less weeks, which are dedicated to decreasing stress and anxiety around midterms and finals week.

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2018-2019 Active Minds Officers and Members

As described on the Active Minds website: “We believe no one should have to struggle alone. By empowering students to speak openly about mental health, we can reduce stigma, encourage help seeking, and prevent suicides”. Through Active Minds, we hope to open people’s minds and hearts to issues related to mental health.

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Nya Medley (left) and Active Minds President Alicia Hughart (right)

By: Alicia Hughart

Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology. We strive to encourage and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields that they study, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. We provide various opportunities for students to learn about the field of psychology.

This semester, our main focus is on fundraising for new opportunities. We are hoping that we will be able to fundraise money to help with student travel for research! We had a successful fundraiser held on Tuesday, March 12th from 9AM-1PM by selling donuts.

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Support Psi Chi by purchasing donuts (Savanna Angel, Alexis Peat, and Danielle Gershman)

Psi Chi also hosts the Psychology Student Research Showcase every semester. This is a great opportunity to learn about research that other students are currently doing.

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SU Psychology Student Research Showcase in 2018

​New members are inducted at the end of the Spring semester each year and the criteria can be found here. We just had a wonderful induction ceremony yesterday on March 31st.

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Psi Chi Officers (Left to Right Danielle Gershman, Alex Hamel, Alicia Hughart, Alexis Peat, and Savanna Angel)

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Psi Chi Advisor: Dr. Ryan Schurtz

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Dr. Bilgrave led an activity to demonstrate how knowledge enlightens the human kind

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Congratulations all the new inductees!

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By: Savanna Angel (’19), Psi Chi President

In American culture, Friday is the best day of the week for many different reasons. Many students see it as the end of the school week and it is finally time to relax. Other students see it as a time to hang out with their friends and have fun. For me, Friday is my favorite day of the week for a totally different reason. For the whole week, I have been looking forward to spending my Friday afternoon at Deer Park Middle Magnet School, where I volunteer with the group Mustang Mentors.

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Mentors and mentees of the Mustang Mentoring Program

Deer Park Middle Magnet School is located in Owings Mills, Maryland. It serves over 3000 children and has about 1500 staff members. Despite its large size, our mentorship program is tailored to serving about 20 students. There is a selection process in which students have to apply to our program. Once they are accepted, we meet with these students and discuss a variety of topics, which range from classes, teachers, and even issues at home. My fellow mentors and I are always there to listen and help these children cope with difficult situations. One of my favorite (and also most challenging) moments was when my mentee disclosed to me that her friend had recently passed away and that she was having a hard time coping with her loss. Being able to relate to her, I encouraged her, and we had a great conversation afterwards about her other interests, as well as her career aspirations. From that point on, I meet with this girl every time when we visit their school and she always greets me with a smile and a hug.

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Student Nya Medley (right) and students at Deer Park

Overall, I thoroughly enjoy being a mentor through the Mustang Mentors. This mentorship opportunity allows me to grow professionally, while at the same time, learn how to actively listen to my mentees and be an importance source of support for them. Importantly, being able to encourage and guide an adolescent brings me so much joy and excitement. Looking ahead, I want to explore the career of being a middle school counselor. Learning that many children struggle with school and family problems really motivates me to make a positive impact on them. As a psychology major, I know I am gathering important skills and experiences to achieve this goal.

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Interested in a mentoring program? Contact Vaniah Hall for more information!

By: Nya Medley

My name is Jenny Tran and I am a junior psychology major. There are a few things that I’d like to share with you as I reflect on my experience serving as the President of the Psychology Club.

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1. Communication is important. I have learned to communicate better with others as we organize, delegate, and work together as a team. I realize the importance to create a friendly environment with our fellow club members and collaborators. As a result, we streamline the process of planning and executing successful events, such as the Brain Bee event that took place in February 2019.

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Psychology Club Officers at Brain Bee 2019 (from left to right): Antoinette Nash, Erik Gonzales, Caitlin Kennedy, Jenny Tran, Alex Abramson, and Jordon Huey

2. Partner with other clubs to host events. In the past, the Psychology Club has collaborated with other clubs and organizations. For example, we collaborated with Active Minds and organized a “De-Stress Week” before the finals last semester. This event included activities (e.g., paint night, coloring night, and social night) to provide opportunities for students to decompress. It was very well-received!

3. Make Psychology fun and accessible. The Psychology Club has been successful in inviting psychology professors and special speakers to discuss various topics related to Psychology. We are hoping that these opportunities will enhance students’ interests and knowledge and inspire them as they consider their future career.

Serving as the President of Psychology Club has allowed me to build better relationships with my peers and professors. I have become more attached to the psychology department, as well as the Stevenson University community. Overall, it is a wonderful experience!

By: Jenny Tran

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