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.

Puppy Play Day and Colors of the Wind

Last week was an eventful one for Active Minds!
We had our “Colors of the Wind” event, in which we handed out balloons with stigmas of different mental health disorders attached to them. We were also able to talk to many people about our mission and why it is important to erase stigmas and inform others around campus.

colors of the wind

Then on Saturday we had our biggest event of the semester- Puppy Play Day! To relieve some stress, students stopped by to play with some of the dogs and kittens that were brought by the Waco Humane Society. Students had fun during this nice break from the busyness of the semester. We would like to thank everyone who stopped by and help us beat last semester’s attendance with over 700 students coming to play with the animals throughout the morning! If you didn’t get a chance to join us, stay tuned for next semester’s Puppy Play Day, and check out the pictures in the gallery!

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Myths and Facts About Schizophrenia

We are brining awareness to schizophrenia for the entire month of November.

What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a long-term mental disorder involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation.

Who suffers from schizophrenia?
It effects men and women equally, as well as in similar rates across ethnic groups. Symptoms usually start between ages 16 and 30 and rarely occur in children. Approximately 26 million people globally live with schizophrenia.

Here is a list of some facts and myths about the disorder, that you may or may not know, from NEOMED:

Myth: Schizophrenia is hopeless; people who have it never recover.
Fact: While there is no cure for schizophrenia, there are effective treatments. Medications, recovery-oriented psychosocial treatments and rehabilitation practices are increasingly helping people with schizophrenia to lead productive, successful, and independent lives.

Myth: Hallucinations (seeing, hearing or experiencing things that others do not) and paranoia are the only symptoms of schizophrenia.
Fact: Schizophrenia is a brain-based disease, so in addition to hallucinations, it affects multiple brain functions such as the ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions, and relate to others. People with schizophrenia also have delusions, which are firmly held false beliefs, that may cause them to think people are following them or looking at them.

Myth: People with schizophrenia are dangerous.
Fact: Studies indicate that they are no more dangerous than the rest of the population. People with schizophrenia tend to like being alone and withdrawn and are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators.

Myth: Everyone who has schizophrenia knows that they have an illness.
Fact: Many people who have schizophrenia wait months, sometimes years, and needlessly suffer before a proper diagnosis is made and treatment begins. Sometimes this is because they are unaware of what is wrong.

Myth: People with schizophrenia have split or multiple personalities.
Fact: Schizophrenia is not a split personality disorder. The myth of people with schizophrenia may have come about because the word schizophrenia comes from the Greek word that means “split mind.” The split is referring to a split from reality– not a split or multiple personality.

Myth: People get schizophrenia because they had bad parenting as children or because they have weak characters or personalities.
Fact: Schizophrenia is a complex disorder. It is not the result of anyone’s weakness or character flaws. 

Myth: People with schizophrenia have to take a lot of medication in order to get better.
Fact: Research supports that when people with schizophrenia are treated with a combination of anti-psychotic medications and psychosocial therapies, they can and do get better. Psychosocial therapies involve work/school, family and relationships, and personal goals.

Three out of every 100 people will experience a psychotic episode at some time in their life.
26 Million people globally live with schizophrenia.
50% of people with schizophrenia cannot access adequate treatment.

If you know of someone who is experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia, help them get help.

One way to do that is through the Baylor Counseling Center.