PostSecretU

Post Secret has officially begun! Within the next few weeks Active Minds members will be collecting anonymous secrets across campus and displaying them. Students may also submit secrets anonymously through our website by commenting on this post!

This activity is meant to create a sense of community throughout the Baylor campus and bring awareness to certain issues. Students will be able to see their own secret displayed as well as read other secrets from people around campus, all anonymous.

If you have a secret you would like to share, leave it in the comments on this post!

The submission deadline is March 28.

Meeting 4/14

Elections for President and Vice-President positions were held on Thursday, April 14. The 2016 Active 
Minds President will be Allison Le Grice and Vice-President will be Kathleen DiBacco. We are looking forward to another great year!
The application for Active Minds Officers is online on OrgSync under the files tab. We are accepting applications for Secretary, Treasurer, Webmaster/Publicity Chair, and Fundraising/Community Outreach positions.

 

Meeting 2/02

Thank you to those of you who came to our first meeting of the semester! We discussed our upcoming events and activities planned for this semester. We are very excited about our future events and hope that you are as well.

Next Thursday, February 11th in the spirit of Valentines Day, we will be having a “Remember to Love Yourself” day. We will have a booth out by the fountain from 11-3 with positive messages to give out as well as some sweet treats to sell. If you would like to volunteer for this event please email me.

As a reminder we are implementing a points system for members this semester. At the end of the semester we will be having a fun event (free bowling+free food=fun) that will be available to members who have earned at least 4 points. You receive one point for each meeting you attend and two points for each event that you volunteer for. There will also be a prize for the member who has the most points at the end of the semester!

10/13 Meeting

At our meeting on October 13 we learned about and discussed the effects of Anxiety and OCD. We also played a simulation of the lifestyle of a person with OCD. Members had to wash their hands multiple times or pop bubbles before they could continue paying attention to the information being presented.

9/29 Meeting

During last Tuesday’s meeting we had a guest speaker, Lauri Rogers, who spoke to us about suicide and depression. Lauri Rogers, Psy.D. a Senior Psychologist/Coordinator of Clinical Services at Baylor explained that major depression and suicide often go hand in hand. However, you often see other mental health issues such as Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, alcoholism, substance abuse, or head injuries associated with suicide and depression. She also explained the different stressors that college students have on them which often helps reality sink in through the pressure of living away from home, making new friends, all while getting their degree.
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Dr. Rogers explained to us that the counseling center is often the last to see students. Many people don’t reach out for help in fear of stigmas or because they are frozen in anxiety or depression. She pointed out that students are the front line when it comes to helping people with a mental health issue. Dr. Rogers emphasized that we can be the “Hand of Hope, when hope can’t be found”.

We will have a bake sale on October 7th from 8:30 until 2:00pm in the BSB! Hope to see you there!

Our next meeting will be held on October 13 at 5:30pm in BSB C124.

9/15 Meeting

During last Tuesday’s meeting, we held an open discussion on the various stigmas surrounding depression. We focused on how depression affects students on Baylor’s campus and what we can do to change the usage of stigmas.

Our next meeting will be 9/29 with guest speaker, Lauri Rogers!

PostSecretU

This past week we had our PostSecretU collection displayed in the entrance of the Baylor Sciences Building. It was the first time ever that our Baylor chapter has participated in this, and we were very pleased with the outcome as well as with the positive responses received by other students who saw the display.

For those of you who missed it, PostSecretU is the official PostSecret event for college campuses through Active Minds. We are able to use secrets submitted by students for a live display. The display brings awareness to certain issues on campus, and it also allows other students to view the display and read the secrets which results in a sense of connectedness after learning that someone else may have the same secret as them.

We look forward to continuing and expanding this event for years to come!

Let’s Fight Bullying Together

According to a study done by JAMA pediatrics in 2014, “victims of bullying were more than twice as likely as other kids to contemplate suicide and about 2.5 times as likely to try to kill themselves.” While bullies may think that their words and actions do not directly affect the mental health and wellbeing of their victim, studies such as these have shown just how dangerous bullying can be. Active Minds actively tries to spread awareness and create an environment in which the well-being of students is protected. Lately, the media has also brought attention to the fact that LGBT students are at an even higher risk of falling victim to bullying.

There are many sites online that have some very useful tips in recognizing bullies, recognizing a victim of bullying, and ways to respond to bullying. It is important to recognize that you can be more than just a bystander in bullying. One of the most effective things that you can do is support a victim of bullying. For whatever reason someone may feel harassed, the most important thing is to let them know that they do not stand alone and that you stand beside them to fight against bullying and all types of harassment.