MHA: 10 Student Leaders Changing Mental Health on Campus

Mental Health America is recognizing “10 students who are addressing mental health in several ways - from creating chat bots to working with student athletes to utilizing the arts.” Click the title to check out their profiles and summaries of their work.

Why Business Schools Should Focus on Mental Health

In 2016, the National Mental Health Innovation Center (NMHIC) and the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business partnered “to equip the next generation of business leaders with awareness and skills to promote workplace mental health and participate in improving access to care.” Click the title for the full article on how they are challenging Distorted Perceptions through their curriculum and how they got MBA students around the world thinking about strategies to address stigma and mental health in the workplace.

They Called Me Crack Baby, So Why am I in College?

“I don't know if I was born with drugs in my body or not. But my mom used drugs while she was pregnant with me. So it wasn't long before kids at school were calling me a 'crack baby.'"

#MyYoungerSelf Toolkit for Educators

“As part of our mission to decrease stigma and fear surrounding mental health and learning disorders, the Child Mind Institute asked more than 30 prominent people — from actors to athletes to business leaders — to make videos sharing their personal experiences about growing up with these challenges.”

Changemaker Awards: Active Minds, for Fighting Stigma on Campus

“This network of student-run groups has over 400 sites on high school and college campuses across the country that are fighting Distorted Perceptions by “promoting awareness of mental health, supporting students who are struggling, and help connecting them to counseling. They are changing the environment on campuses by welcoming students to share their suffering and seek help.’”

How College Students Are Resisting the Mental-Illness Stigma

“Kelly Davis arrived at college carrying heavy baggage—bipolar disorder and an eating disorder. Dragged down by severe depression, she barely made it through her first two years at American University in Washington, D.C. ‘I didn’t go to classes a lot. I didn’t get out of bed,’ recalls Davis, now 22. ‘After freshman year, I got into an abusive relationship. I was drinking heavily, frequently.’ When she felt hopeless, she would tell herself that she would one day be better and try to prevent what happened to her from happening to others.”