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Lunch Break at the UCC

  • Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 12pm - 1pm
    Location: UCC Group Room, 2033 K ST NW, 3rd floor

    Please join us for a lunch break at the University Counseling Center to meet some counselors…

Love is Louder Block Party

  • Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 12pm - 4pm
    Location: Kogan Plaza

    Get excited for Active Minds at…

Reach Out. Seek Help. (Unedited Hatchet Letter)

Posted by Amanda Uhme, Monday, April 18th, 2011 @ 1:16pm

  • We don’t have trouble asking for help if we have the flu.  Making a friend bring you chicken noodle soup from ABP doesn’t seem like a big deal.  Demanding a movie to watch while you lie in bed for the weekend coughing up a lung isn’t usually out of the question. 

    Why can’t we ask for the same help when dealing with a mental illness?

    Last week, we lost a fellow student to the tragedy of suicide.  As our campus tries to understand what is confusing, cope with what is devastating, and overcome what seems insurmountable, we must try to look to the future. 

    Because last week’s heartbreak was not an isolated incident.  Each year 1,100 college students die by suicide, the second leading cause of death in that age group.  And there are measures each and every one of us can take to prevent another incident like this touching GW’s campus.

    Most importantly, we can all know the signs of stress, depression, and suicidal thoughts in others and ourselves.  Changes in sleep patterns, eating habits, study routine, and social interactions can be indicators.  As can lasting feelings of hopelessness, despair, or restlessness. 

    It’s not enough to recognize these signs though.  The second, and most important step, is to reach out and to seek help.  Hopefully, in the near future, this step will be easier.  Students and the administration are currently working on making the University Counseling Center more accessible and affordable for all students. This would be one less barrier to students getting the help they need for better mental health. 

    Until then, there are resources all around for those feeling depressed, alone, or suicidal.  Just a few of these resources are listed under this letter. 

    You wouldn’t sit around with a sinus infection for three months without getting antibiotics.  Why wait to get help for your mental well-being? 

    So instead of understanding, coping, and overcoming by moving on and forgetting, let us, as a campus, remember.  Remember the life of a student that was lost to depression and loneliness.  Remember that we ourselves are not alone.  Remember that there is no shame in being well.

    Remember to reach out.  Remember to seek help.

    Amanda Uhme
    Publicity Chair, Active Minds at GWU

    University Counseling Center 202-994-5300
    Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK

The Truth About Suicide: Real Stories of College Depression

  • Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Marvin Center 301

    Join Active Minds as we watch AFSP’s the Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in…

    • 1 person attended

Post-It Party!

  • Sunday, November 14th, 2010 at 5:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Dakota Room 302

    Join the E-Board and fellow members as we make uplifting and inspiring post-it notes to place…

    • 7 people attended

Survivor of Suicide Day at GWU

  • Saturday, November 20th, 2010 at 1pm - 4pm
    Location: Phillips 108

    This event is hosted by the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Foundation and…

    • 3 people attended

General Body Meeting!

  • Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 5pm - 6pm
    Location: Marvin 307

    Come join us at our 3rd meeting tomorrow night!
    It will be in Marvin 307 and we'll have…

    • 1 person attended

Chapter Highlights!

Posted by Rachel Krausman, Saturday, October 30th, 2010 @ 6:17pm

  • Remember writing your connection to mental health on a notecard? 
    Well we submitted pictures from Glass Thoughts which screened on the side of Lisner Auditorium during National Mental Health Awareness Week to Active Minds and are featured in the Chapter Highlights section of their site!

    Check it out here:

    Thanks for participating :)

Collge Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Panel

  • Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 11:30am - 1pm
    Location: Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

    This panel will be our first major event on campus, open to all, discussing issues associated…

    • 11 people attended

Love Your Body Day

  • Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 11am - 3pm
    Location: Kogan Plaza

    Celebrate Love Your Body Day with GW’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and Graduate…

FREE screening of It's Kind of a Funny Story

  • Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 at 7pm - 10pm
    Location: Georgetown Theater

    We have received 12 passes to attend a free pre-release screening event at the Georgetown…

    • 5 people attended

2nd General Body Meeting!

  • Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    Location: Monroe 250

    We will be meeting for a second time to discuss updates, upcoming events, and reflect on…

    • 11 people attended

New Facebook Page!

Posted by Amanda Uhme, Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 @ 8:59am

  • Everyone should head over to our new Facebook and "like" it!  The old group will no longer exist after today so please joint the new page. 

    We know you all "like" Active Minds at GWU anyways...

AFSP Study Finds Link Between Depression and Lack of Support and College Student Suicide

Posted by Rachel Krausman, Thursday, September 16th, 2010 @ 10:31am

  • Fall 2010

    Depression and the feeling of a lack of support appear to be correlated with suicidal thoughts and behavior in some college students, according to research from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, the University of Maryland and other institutions.

    The study, funded by AFSP and the National Institutes of Health, and published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, followed more than a thousand students throughout their college years, identifying factors linked to suicidal thinking and highlighting the importance of spotting high-risk students early on and referring them for treatment.

    Of the 1,085 students, 151 (12 percent) said they had pondered committing suicide at least once, 37 of whom (24.5 percent) said they did so repeatedly. Ten of the 151 said they made specific plans or carried out full-fledged attempts during college. Two of the 10 said they attempted suicide without ever planning to do so. Of the 151, 17 students reported attempting suicide before college, and 22 reported planning a suicide before college but not attempting it.

    Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death among college-age students in the United States, with some 1,100 deaths each year.

    The study also showed that students who reported thinking repeatedly about suicide were no more likely to attempt it than those who did so only once. This surprising finding suggests that mental health professionals cannot assume that those who think about suicide more often are at a higher risk, nor are those who have a single suicidal thought necessarily safer than those who ponder suicide repeatedly.

    "The results emphasize the need for an anonymous, web-based outreach to all college students, like our Interactive Screening Program," AFSP Medical Director Dr. Paula Clayton said. "Students need be properly screened for the risk factors that can lead to suicide, and then engaged in coming in for an assessment."

    For additional information on this study, please contact Dr. Amelia Arria at

NFL Community Huddle: Taking a Goal Line Stand for Your Mind & Body

  • Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: Howard University

    From event coordinator: 

    The Satcher Health Leadership…

National Day Without Stigma Project

Posted by Amanda Uhme, Friday, September 10th, 2010 @ 10:28pm

  • If you attended our first general body meeting, you'll know we are attempting to get together a project for October 4th, National Day Without Stigma.  In order to make this project work, we are trying to collect a sentence or so from everyone about how mental health has interested them/affected their lives. 

    If you were at the meeting, you probably handed in a notecard for the project, but if you weren't able to attend, please feel free to respond to the Forum discussion with your connection to mental health.  These comments will be posted somewhere on campus in order to show the student body the wide range of relationships people have with mental health and that the stigma attached to mental health is unwarranted.  

    Don't feel comfortable posting there?  Shoot an email out to any of us or to the Active Minds email address (

    Questions? Comments? Concerns?

    Email us at 

National Depression Screening Day

  • Thursday, October 7th, 2010 at TBD

    National Depression Screening Day is an annual event held each October on the Thursday of…

    • 1 person attended

National Day Without Stigma

  • Monday, October 4th, 2010 (all day)

    National Day Without Stigma is designed to create a unified program for all Active Minds…

    • 1 person attended

National Mental Health Awareness Week

  • Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 at TBD

    In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness…

    • 1 person attended

First General Body Meeting

  • Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 7pm - 8pm
    Location: Marvin Center 302

    First general body meeting for students.  As well as delving deeper into the mission of Active…

    • 15 people attended

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