"Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campus" At Washington and Lee, we aim to create a supportive environment for students to discuss mental health issues present on our campus and promote mental wellbeing.
History of Organization
The national organization Active Minds was founded originally as Open Minds in 2000 at Penn by a student whose brother committed suicide. In 2003 the national headquarters was established in Washington D.C. and Active Minds became a non-profit organization. Today Active Minds has around 432 campus chapters, one of which Washington and Lee's club.
"Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campus"
At Washington and Lee, we aim to create a supportive environment for students to discuss mental health issues present on our campus and promote mental wellbeing.
Requirements for Membership
New members are required to fill out a short application form, which is evaluated by the leadership team. Members are required to attend as many meetings as possible, participate in events such as tabling in commons, and attend the annual Active Minds panels.
Benefit to Washington and Lee University and the Surrounding Community
We are continuing to make changes to the club's structure in hopes of making an impact on the Washington and Lee environment. We are hoping to promote or co-sponsor mental health support groups that already exist, which many students do not know about. This year, for the first time, we brought in a speaker and plan to do that in the future as a way for students to learn more from knowledgeable resources outside of the W&L community. We offer the W&L community a safe space to discuss mental health issues and a way to learn more about how to help friends/family/ect. We also promote overall mental wellbeing with out de-stress events.
Organization of Leadership
President: Make decisions about what events we will/will not hold, run club meetings, provide discussion material for club meetings, create new events, evaluate new member applications
Vice President: Organize club events, delegate tasks during club meetings/ events, provide materials/ ensure materials are provided for club events and meetings
Secretary: Record club meeting minutes, create sign-ups/ schedules for events, distribute information about club meeting time/place,
Treasurer: Manage budget, reimburse members, work with leadership team to promote club events, evaluate new member applications, help run & participate in events
PR/Social Media: create advertisements for events, manage instagram and facebook accounts, evaluate new member applications, help run & participate in events, help attract new members
Elections are held in April (the week before Winter Term final examinations)
- Leadership for the coming is decided on by the current leadership
- President and Vice President: must have already held leadership position
- Secretary, Treasurer, and PR: have already held leadership position, or have consistent attendance at club meetings/ events. Must show a passion for Active Minds and strong leadership Skills