Becker College Starts New Active Minds Chapter to Raise Awareness on Mental Health Issues on Campus

Published on Friday, November 7th, 2008

At the suggestion of Wendy Miles, PhD, director of counseling services at Becker College, and Kerri Augusto, PhD, Becker psychology professor, the college has started a new chapter of Active Minds. Active Minds is the nation’s only peer-to-peer organization dedicated to raising awareness about mental health among college students. The organization serves as the young adult voice in mental health advocacy in more than one hundred college campuses nationwide.

Led by chapter President, student Amanda Hooten, the group works with counseling services to offer programs and raise awareness of the issues on campus, with a goal in removing some of the stigma associated with these health issues. Find out more about Active Minds at http://www.activemindsoncampus.org/. 
 
“We find that some students are reluctant to seek help and support when they need it,” says Miles. “The goal of Active Minds is to remove some of the barriers and make it easier and more acceptable for students to get that help.”

For their first activity, the club assisted counseling services with the annual mental health screening on campus, and also recently held a coffee house to hand out information about eating disorders and healthy eating.

The next meeting of Active Minds is Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Becker College Academic Center at 1:30 p.m.

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