Active Minds @ MIT is a chapter of a national organization that aims to empower students to change the perception about mental health on college campuses.
Utilize peer outreach (“the student voice”) to increase students’ awareness of issues of mental health, symptoms of mental illness, and available resources for seeking help
Promote a dialogue and remove the stigma around mental health
Serve as liaison between students and the administration/mental health community, and become the major point of reference for mental illness and promotion of good mental health
Help us bring Kevin Breel to campus!
In the spring, we hope to bring speaker Kevin Breel to campus. But we need your help in order to cover his appearance fee!
Kevin is a 22-year-old comedian and mental health activist. His passionate TEDx talk, titled "Confessions of a Depressed Comic" went viral online and he's been featured on several news networks sharing his story. He is also the author of "Boy Meets Depression", a powerful story about hope and love, and what it means to be human. We are so excited to be hosting Kevin in the spring because we believe that his talk - which blends comedy and mental health topics - will be extremely approachable for MIT students. We hope that this will normalize discussion about these topics and help to create an culture on campus where everybody can feel comfortable.
Other Events run by Active Minds:
We run events that aim to educate students about the signs of mental illness, spark discussions on mental health issues, connect students to MIT's support services, and promote healthy mental health habits. Examples of events we've run are:
- Depression Screenings
- Therapy Dogs
- Student Experience Panels
- Suicide Prevention Trainings
- Movie Screenings
- Awareness Tabling
- Information Campaigns
Art with Impact
Another event we are excited to be running is an Art with Impact workshop. Art with Impact is an organization that runs college workshops that feature interactive discussions that lay the groundwork for meaningful discussion on mental health. They then screen short films on the topic of mental health to reduce the stigma of mental illness and encourage early intervention. The interactive experience brings together students, faculty, mental health professionals and local mental health resources. By discussing and exploring the ideas presented, the workshop builds compassion throughout the community.
What your support will do
Your support will not only help us make these spring events a success, but it will also help us run events, distribute resources, and help raise awareness and decrease the stigma of mental illness at MIT.
While we receive some funding through MIT, we could use your help to expand our efforts and develop a stronger presence on campus. The more students, faculty, and staff at MIT we can reach, the more our message will spread. Please join us today by making a gift to Active Minds @ MIT.
We thank you in advance for your support!