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Mental Health at Wes Panel

From Sonia Max ’17:

This panel is sponsored by MINDS, Active Minds, 8 to-8 and WESupport. These student groups will each speak briefly about their mission and
what they do on campus. The main portion of the event will feature six students speaking about
their experiences of living with mental illness. Topics covered include disordered eating, anxiety, depression and manic depression.

Following the panel we will have period of Q&A and discussion. There will be light refreshments!

Date: Friday, April 24th
Time: 3:30PM – 5:00PM
Place: Albritton 311

Open Healing Space


From Caroline Catlin ’15:

There will be an open space in Espwesso for anyone who wants to come together and support one another due to recent campus events. Free tea will be provided as well as materials to write messages of support to the community (we will have giant pieces of paper) and/or make cards or notes (with out using names) to people in the hospital. Resources and information on different support systems will be available. Organized by CAPS and Active Minds at Wes.

Date: Tuesday, Feb 24
Time: 2-6 PM
Place: Espwesso
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Active Minds Anthology Submissions


Get your pens ready, Sonia Max ’17 has an opportunity for you to express yourself.

Active Minds at Wesleyan is collecting stories, poems, artwork, and other artistic representations related to student experiences with mental health and illness.

They could inspired by a personal experience or an experience with a family member or a friend. Submissions before October 15th will be collected in an printed anthology published in early December.

Submit to: wesleyanactiveminds[at]gmail[dot]com titled “Anthology Submission.” Feel free to submit anonymously and change names as needed.

From: Now until October 15th

Ability and Wellness at Wesleyan

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Join students from Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights, Active Minds, and the Peer Health Advocates for a conversation about disability/ability, health, and wellness at Wesleyan. Feel free to bring any questions you may have relating to any aspect of campus life or transitioning to college. We invite anyone interested in discussing these issues as well as learning about disability and health activism on campus to join!

Date: Today, Thursday April 17th
Time: 4:15pm
Place: 41 Wyllys, Rooms 115 and 113
Cost: Free!


Anthology of Creative Work related to Mental Health

Aletta Brady ’15 wants your creative work!

Active Minds at Wesleyan is collecting stories, poems, artwork, and other artistic representations related to student experiences with mental health.

They could inspired by a personal experience or an experience with a family member or a friend. Submissions before April 27th will be collected in an anthology online. We will continue to accept submissions throughout the summer and will publish a hard copy of the full anthology in the fall.

Submit to: Aletta Brady (cbrady [at] wesleyan [dot] edu) titled “Anthology Submission.” Feel free to submit anonymously and change names as needed.

Silver Ribbon Luncheon: Mental Disorder and the Modern World

forwebsitesrlAletta Brady ’15 writes in to offer you some free pizza and other food for thought tomorrow.

Crazy, Sick, or Evil? Mental Disorder and the Modern World

Gary Greenberg will be speaking for the Silver Ribbon Luncheon (SRL) Series tomorrow. We are really excited to have him – he is a practicing psychotherapist in Connecticut who calls attention to the social nature of disease. He says that “the DSM (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is not a medically or scientifically valid text, but rather a “strange chimerical document” whose definitions of pathology change with shifting social values–as was evidenced by homosexuality’s overlong tenure on its pages.”

Join us tomorrow in 41 Wyllys Room 113 from 12-1 for pizza and good conversation with Gary Greenberg.

Date:  Tuesday, April 1
When: at noon
Where: 41 Wyllys Room 11
Pizza?: Yes.

Silver Ribbon Lunch Series: Body Image


Remember that time last summer when Sarah Koppelkam ’15 went viral on HuffPo? Miranda  Orbach ’15 remembers and she wants you to come to Active Minds’ Silver Ribbon Luncheon tomorrow where Koppelkam will discuss body image and why you should feel great about how you look.

(41 Wyllys Room 113) AND free pizza for the first 20 people (no RSVP necessary)

Sarah Koppelkam, Class of 2015: a discussion about body image

Author of “How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Body

Date: Tuesday, February 25th
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 113

Here One Day Screening

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From CAPS and Active Minds:

You are invited to a special, sneak peek screening of HERE ONE DAY, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Kathy Leichter. Q&A to follow with the Director and her brother, Josh Leichter ’90.

When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into the apartment she grew up in after her mother committed suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, unearthing details that her mother had recorded about every aspect of her life, including marriage, motherhood, and her struggles with bipolar disorder. Playing like a Greek tragedy, HERE ONE DAY is a bracing, visually arresting, emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved.

HERE ONE DAY recently had its world premiere in The Netherlands at IDFA, one of the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world. Come join us for this special pre-release screening and discussion. More info here and here.

Date: Wednesday, March 6th
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Judd 116

Snacks and Coffee Provided. Cosponsored by Active Minds and Counseling and Psychological Services

Active Minds National Day Without Stigma

If you’ve been in Usdan today, you might have seen a table with lots of buttons or maybe you’ve spotted someone walking around with an “I will listen” sticker and wondered what that was all about. Today is Active Minds’s annual National Day Without StigmaThe objective of National Day Without Stigma is to eliminate the shame and discrimination surrounding mental health disorders by creating communities of understanding, support, and help-seeking.

In honor of National Day Without Stimga, Active Minds is tabling in Usdan, handing out mental health resources and buttons and will also be playing a game of “sticker tag.” As part of National Suicide Prevention Week back in September, a few high schools established a proactive method of spreading their message via stickers that said, “I will listen.” However, rather than simply wearing these stickers, they encouraged participants to spread the message by handing out  stickers to at least 9 other people during the day. By the end of the event, the majority of the students were sporting these hopeful messages.

Active Minds General Interest Meeting

Interested in mental health issues on campus? Want to open up the discussion about mental illness on campus and make students more aware of the resources that exist? Come to the Active Minds at Wesleyan general interest meeting!

Active Minds is a national organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses.  By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

Date: Today, Sunday September 23rd
Time: 8:00-9:00 PM
Place: Usdan 110

For questions or to be added to the listserv, contact activemindswes(at)gmail(dot)com.