Who are we?
Active Minds @ SJSU seeks to bridge cultural gaps in receiving mental health, considering the university's uniquely diverse school with its large pool of underrepresented minorities, first-generation college, and low-income students. Historically, people of color have disproportionately higher rates of suicide and lack accessibility to mental health services. The core cause can be attributed to mental health being considered "taboo" in several cultures,deterring many to seek help. Aligning with Active Minds' mission in dismantling mental health stigma, our funding is necessary for our events promoting the Counseling and Psychological Services available in the Wellness Center. Additional missions include building the future generation of mental healthcare leaders within our club and connecting with Bay Area local nonprofits to ensure students have all resources needed.
Why are we raising the money?
As the Active Minds San Jose State University chapter, we want to represent our beloved school at the national conference in Washington D.C. It will take place in early July, with a comprehensive agenda detailing how we can empower young adults within advocacy, uplift the wellness climate on campus, and build critical leadership skills to prosper as mental health pioneers. In addition, we have the opportunity to band with mental health advocates nationwide, brainstorming innovative ideas to incorporate on-campus. These donations will go towards hotel, traveling, and ticket arrangements.
The rest of the proceeds will go to our efforts to increase the Counseling and Psychological Services’ visibility on-campus and dismantling mental health stigmas. Such events include our “Send Silence Packing” event, a monumental remembrance of lives lost to suicide.
How can you help?
Join us on our mission on tackling mental health stigmas on-campus, especially with the diverse demographics presented at San Jose State University. By making a gift, you are investing in the wellness of aspiring mental health leaders and the future of Silicon Valley. Click the link to donate and please share our page with your network!