Active Minds and American Giving Awards

Back in May 2011, I wrote about Active Minds, a non-profit organization with the following mission:

“To empower students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation. Active Minds is changing the way society thinks and talks about mental health. We know that mental health issues are real, they are both preventable and treatable, and everyone deserves to get the support he needs. We also know that the student voice – the stories and support to be shared with friends – is the most powerful tool we have in ensuring that no one ever feels alone.”

I support Active Minds, and in my previous post discussed how helpful this organization would have been to my son Dan when he was in college and his OCD was severe. So I was thrilled to hear the good news: Active Minds has been selected as one of twenty-five charities in the race to win $1,000,000 through the American Giving Awards presented by Chase. And we can all vote! Voting begins on Tuesday, November 27th, and ends on Tuesday, December 4th.  This worthwhile organization needs our help, and if you’re wondering what they’ll do with the money if they win, here are some of their specific ideas, as listed on the contest site:
  • Grow our student-led chapter network to provide programming support for events such as National Day Without Stigma, PostSecretU, Veterans Day and eating disorder awareness
  • Expand Send Silence Packing, our acclaimed suicide awareness program bringing attention to the 1100 college students who die by suicide each year, into a year-long Tour
  • Provide leadership and advocacy training to the next generation of mental health advocates, practitioners, researchers, and families
  • Strengthen the Active Minds Speakers Bureau to continue to bring young adult speakers to thousands of students, giving a face to mental illness and sending messages of hope to those struggling

Visit Active Minds if you’d like to learn more about them. And if you want to cast a vote, you can do so on the American Giving Awards Facebook Page. I’ll be there on November 27th.

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6 Responses to Active Minds and American Giving Awards

  1. nrkellner says:

    Just shared the information about Active Minds on my Facebook Page. I think it is so important to get the word out about this organization.

  2. Tina Barbour says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I just shared on Twitter. Sounds like a wonderful organization doing good work.

  3. 71º & Sunny says:

    Sounds like a great organization! Thanks for bringing it to our attention so we could vote!

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