Students Brighten Lives Over Break

Published on Friday, January 16th, 2009

Members of the new Becker College chapter of the national student group, Active Minds, decided to brighten a few lives over the holiday break. The group, the nation’s only peer-to-peer organization dedicated to raising awareness about mental health among college students, dedicated funds raised from a fall semester candy sale to provide a positive holiday experience for adults with mental illness.

Becker student and Active Minds member, Juliann Doremus, who works with six schizophrenic adults at The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, organized an effort to provide the men in her program with  a Christmas Breakfast at their favorite restaurant, Friendly’s.  “They absolutely enjoyed it,” she said. “They were so happy to be out, and one of the clients talked about it for days afterward. It was a really great experience.”

The group chose to pay for the Christmas outing because they would know where the money was going, said Doremus.

Any Becker students interested in raising awareness and helping to diminish the stigma of mental illness can contact Professor Kerri Augusto, or Dr. Wendy Miles, director of Counseling Services.

Active Minds will be recognized as a sponsor of The Bridge of Central Massachusetts in their list of donors, to be published in the organization’s annual newsletter.