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Keyword: mental health

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 activeminds@stevenson.edu for more information, or visit their Instagram and Twitter for daily motivation and incite on the latest Active Minds news.

Twitter: ActiveMinds_SU
Instagram: activemindssu

By: Angel Longus

Sweaty palms, upset stomach, racing heartbeat, and even hyperventilation… These are some of the physical symptoms that individuals with high levels of anxiety may experience. Psychologically, these individuals may experience a tremendous level of worry and concern, to the point when it is debilitating.

Last Tuesday, Dr. Spada of the Psychology Department hosted a movie night when we watched Angst, an independent film that aims to help students understand what anxiety truly is and what we can all do to help ourselves and others.

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Dr. Colleen Spada hosting the movie night for "Angst"

Unlike many other films, Angst takes the approach of interviewing children, adolescents, adults, and professionals who have experienced high levels of anxiety to document how they are coping with these feelings.

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A great turnout for this event! Left to Right: Dr. Jeff Elliott, Dr. Christine Moran, and Ms. Katey Earle 

A highlight of this event was the panel discussion after the film was over. Specifically, Dr. Spada, Dr. Finkenburg (Counseling and Human Services), Mr. James Gresch (a recent graduate of a Master’s program in Psychology), and Lindsay Hamel (’20 Psychology of SU) served as panelists and led an excellent discussion about anxiety and mental health, and how we could together build a strong community to support individuals who are experiencing anxiety.

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Left to Right: Graziela (Dr. Spada's daughter), Dr. Spada, Lindsay Hamel, James Gresch, and Dr. Finkenberg

I walked away from this event learning a lot about anxiety. Given how stressful college life is, students may experience various levels of anxiety. As such, knowing what anxiety is and how to cope with it constructively is important. As a community, we can do a lot to help each other.

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Thank you Graziela for helping today!

By: Nya Medley

Within the United States, one in two adults will experience at least one mental illness during their lifetime. However, less than half of these individuals have received professional/mental health services to address their issues.

Did you know that October 6 to 12, 2019 is Mental Health Awareness Week? Although mental health is important all year long, we especially reaffirm our commitment to providing support and advocacy for our community during this special week.

Partnering with the Wellness Center, Student Activities, and the Psychology Department, Stevenson|Cares offers a series of health and mental health education events. These events are creating great opportunities for us to be educated about various mental health topics, break the stigma of mental illnesses, and empower members of our community to get help.

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By: Tamera Stanley (’22 Psychology)

Within the United States, one in two adults will experience at least one mental illness during their lifetime. However, less than half of these individuals have received professional/mental health services to address their issues.

Did you know that October 6 to 12, 2019 is Mental Health Awareness Week? Although mental health is important all year long, we especially reaffirm our commitment to providing support and advocacy for our community during this special week.

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Partnering with the Wellness Center, Student Activities, and the Psychology Department, Stevenson|Cares offers a series of health and mental health education events. These events are providing great opportunities for us to be educated about various mental health topics, break the stigma of mental illnesses, and empower members of our community to take good care of themselves.

By: Tamera Stanley (’22 Psychology)

 
 
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