Welcome to Active Minds at San Francisco State’s Website!
Active Minds at SF State is a program of Active Minds, Inc. that exists as a student-run mental health awareness and suicide prevention, education, and advocacy organization on the college campus. The group is designed to utilize peer outreach to increase students' awareness of mental health issues and symptoms of mental illness, provide information about available resources, encourage students to seek help as soon as help is needed, and to serve as liaison between students and the mental health community. By promoting awareness and education, the group aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental illness and create an open environment for discussion of mental health issues. The organization targets the entire college community through large-scale educational campaigns and events such as panel discussions, movie screenings, and benefit runs. Active Minds is committed to providing programming and outreach services to underserved and underrepresented campus communities such as culturally diverse, LGBTQ, students with disabilities, first generation college students, low income, international students, veterans, student leaders, and so on.
SF State Active Minds members serve as a liaison between the campus community and referrals to Counseling and Psychological Services and other local mental health services (e.g. Student Health services, The SAFE Place, CEASE, local community clinics). Active Minds is not a support group, however the organization can often serve as a social support for students as they passionately work on a similar mission. Active Minds students can also be peer educators if they have taken Counseling 608 Sec 2: Advanced Peer Education Internship course in conjunction with being a member of Active Minds. However, students in the course will be trained in Mental Health Fist Aid and Suicide Prevention First Aid, but do not provide clinical counseling and are not considered peer counselors; their role is to provide appropriate referrals to wellness services.
1) Educate students about the prevalence of mental illnesses; the risks, signs, and symptoms of particular mental illnesses; and available resources for seeking help.
2) Expose students to the “mentally ill”, particularly young adults with mental illnesses.
3) Work to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
4) Plan campus-friendly events that attract as much of the school community as possible.
5) Provide outreach to students of all backgrounds including culturally diverse and historically underserved and underrepresented students.