Active Minds at SJSU

Did you know that San Jose State has a chapter of Active Minds, an organization that empowers students to change their perceptions about mental health? In fact, they hold active meetings and events, which are open to students! Read below to find out more about the organization, what they do, and how to participate, as described by Active Minds SJSU President Sadaf Skandari.

Active Minds at San Jose State University is a student organization that thrives to raise mental health awareness, promote positive mental health,and reduce stigma. We hope to empower students and create a more connected community at SJSU where students feel more comfortable speaking about mental health or seeking help (for themselves or others) when needed.

We provide outreach and different programming to achieve these goals. 

Throughout the semester, we table at campus to promote Active Minds and mental health awareness in general, we encourage students to join us, and provide free mental health resources through Active Minds, regardless of whether students join. Mental health resources include: pocket-guides on how to help a friend, pamphlets on signs and symptoms for suicide or mental health conditions, information about CAPS at SJSU, and more! If we can let student's know just one thing, it would be that there are others who care about their mental health and well-being. 

We have held various events for national awareness campaigns, such as suicide prevention month, eating disorder awareness week, stress less week , and national day without stigma. Last semester, we also hosted a speaker/presentation from  Active Minds Speaker's Bureau, "From Silence to Strength: A conversation with Maggie Bertram." 

If anyone wants to get in touch or get involved, they can send Active Minds SJSU an email at activemindssjsu@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list. That way you can stay up-to-date on Active Minds meetings and events on campus. You can also check back here for upcoming events, such as the Valentine's Day craft table, which Happy Healthy SJSU will announce.