"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.
Contact: Ethiopia Getachew '19
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 is 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
Active Minds welcomes all members of the W&L community to be a part of the organization. Members are required to attend as many meetings as possible, and participate in events including but not limited to commons tabling and panel attendance.
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. In 2015, 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/etc. We also promote overall mental wellbeing with events such as 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
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, and help attract new members
*At the ultimate discretion of the President, a new leadership role may be devised if it is universally accepted to be instrumental to the club's growth and success.
Elections are held in April (the week before Winter Term final examinations)
- Leadership for the coming year is decided on by the current leadership. However, those willing to assume a leadership position should ideally have held a leadership position within the club in addition to exhibiting strong leadership skills, a near perfect attendance record, and a passionate interest in Active Minds.