Meeting: 09/19/17

Active Minds just had our first general meeting where we discussed the awareness topic of the month, suicide. We had a discussion about red flags to watch out for when talking to people who might be in danger of suicide as well as how suicide and depression are represented in the media such as in music and television shows.

Some reminders:

Membership Dues are due at our meeting on October 3rd! Please remember to bring $15 (for just dues and the new shirt) or $20 (for dues, new shirt, and old shirt). Our new shirts are in the process of being designed so they will not be available immediately.

We do need your help designing our new t-shirts also! Please submit any design ideas you may have to us by September 26th for consideration.

sign up for volunteering with Active Minds at the Waco Family Abuse Center go to http://www.familyabusecenter.org/volunteer/ to fill out their volunteer form and email me once you have submitted it. On the portion of the form that asks you if volunteering is required check “NO” but write “ActiveMinds” in the text box under the question “What is the name of the organization requiring volunteer hours?” so that the center knows whom all is volunteering with our group.

Active Minds will also be volunteering in this years “Out of the Darkness” walk in Waco which will take place on Saturday, September 30th from 6-9pm (however, since we are volunteering they may request that we arrive before 6pm). If you would like to volunteer with us for this event sign up at https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=4737 underneath the “counseling center team”.

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Interest Meeting : 9/5/17

Active Minds has many exciting events planned for this semester and we are very excited for all of you to join us. At the interest meeting yesterday the new members played on teams in an Active Minds trivia game! The teams drew castles with seven defenses and had the opportunity to “attack” opposing teams defenses if they were able to answer trivia questions correctly. All of the teams had awesome castles with defenses ranging from moats, lions, and soldiers to an image of Shrek the ogre riding a dragon! Our winners of the game were “Team North America” maintaining all of their defenses and taking home the win in a sudden death round!

Don’t forget that our next meeting will take place on September 19th at 5:30pm! This meeting will take place in E227 and we will be focusing on Suicide Awareness for the month of September.

We are currently looking for a member for the Treasurer position. There are two other positions available under two of our current Officers acting as “apprentices” in order to learn the ropes of the positions and take over when the officers graduate in December. The two apprentice positions are available for either the Secretary Position and the Fundraising/Community Outreach Position. These applications are due by September 19th by Midnight to our President Kathleen_DiBacco@baylor.edu.

If you are hoping to volunteer as a part of Active Minds for the Waco Family Abuse Center please fill out this form ( http://www.familyabusecenter.org/volunteer/ ) by September 19th and email me once you have submitted it. On the portion of the form that asks you if volunteering is required check “NO” but write “Active Minds” in the text box under the question “What is the name of the organization requiring volunteer hours?” so that the center knows who all is volunteering with our group.

One final thing, we will be having our suicide awareness event on September 18th and 19th so please keep an eye out for another email about helping us with set-up and take down! Since this event does not require tabling or participation during the event the 3 points for the event will be awarded to those who help with either set-up or take-down!

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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.

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.