Northern New Mexico College launches Active Minds Chapter Thursday

by Reporter / Feb 23, 2019 / 0 comments

Northern New Mexico College launches Active Minds Chapter Thursday

Northern New Mexico College has been awarded a grant to bring awareness to Mental Health Wellness and Suicide Prevention on Higher Education campuses across the nation. This will be the first Active Mind Chapter in the State of New Mexico.

Active Minds is a national leader for young adult mental health advocacy and suicide prevention. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Active Minds brings to mental health what no other organization can — the voice of young people who are disproportionately affected by mental illnesses and the way mental health is addressed on campuses and in society at large.

Now in its fifteenth year, Active Minds is at more than 600 colleges and high schools nationwide, including 450 student-led chapters. Their programs and services empower students to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, create communities of support, and ultimately save lives. 

What has guided and distinguished Active Minds from the start is a belief that young people will be the drivers of change.

Each year, more than 15,000 students join Active Minds as passionate advocates and educators for mental health. Those students encourage their peers and networks to learn about, talk about, and seek help for mental health issues just as they would for a physical issue, without shame or silence.

This student-to-student approach is unique to Active Minds and one that works. 

Learn more at www.activemind.org 

Northern’s Campus Climate

Northern students are more diverse than ever and, in addition, students reentering college are requiring diverse needs including mental health and community resources for counseling, anger and stress management. Based on our status of serving of minority and lower income populations the rural and economic impact of families struggling to provide basic needs also becomes a factor in the increase of mental health services that are requested by students. As we try making students more comfortable seeking help, there are the silent voices we never hear.

We have a group of students who have led busy, hectic lives since they were pre-teens, all the way to college, This state of technology-enabled busyness has contributed to the manifestation of anxiety and depression in young and adult students alike. However, it’s in college that many students, provided with the option of accessible mental-health services, seek counseling for the first time.

Working with community and college resource which are limited, we also find that connections with outside agencies or follow-up notification are far and few, allowing individuals to slip through the gaps, leading to self-harm or suicide ideation, that as a campus and community we   continue to experience at a significant increase over past years.

Northern’s intent is to move from a singularly working initiative, forward expanding access to treatment to a whole host of prevention resourcefulness, making our campus and students healthier and more resilient to prevent problems from arising in the first place.

Active Mind: Highlights from the research

  1. As students become more involved with Active Minds, they are more likely to reach out to a classmate or friend who is struggling with a mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts.
  2. Among the general student body, knowledge and positive attitudes about mental health increases as a result of an Active Minds presence, creating a more supportive campus climate and increasing the potential that students in distress will seek mental health services.
  3. Active Minds’ education programs meaningfully influence not only students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health issues, but also their behaviors.
  4. The impact is swift — knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors examined in the study positively changed within a single academic year.

This groundbreaking research underscores how Active Minds — pioneered 15 years ago and now with a presence on more than 600 campuses — is a path forward for improving student mental health. Our focus on empowering students to drive change among their peers leads to more students receiving potentially lifesaving help for issues that could otherwise have serious, lasting, and sometimes tragic consequences.

Tentative Agenda:  

2 – 2:10 pm. Welcome from NNMC Vice-President Ricky Bejarano & Frank Orona, Dean of Students.
2:10 – 2:30 p.m. Introductions: NNMC Accessibility Coordinator, Verna Trujillo
ACTIVE MIND Chapter Overview   Kristin Koller, Jesseluke Willburn, Teresa Lovato, Mauricette Campos, Bertha Lopez-Martinez
2:30 – 3 p.m. Guest Speakers Mayor Javier Sanchez, City Councilmen Dennis T. Salazar and Manuel Martinez
3 – 3:25 p.m. A NNMC Short Film preview entitled “Campus Climate on Mental Health
3:25 ‒ 4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion Community Resources with The SKY Center, PMS Valley Community, HOY Recovery, 211 Self Help, El Centro Health Services,Tewa Women United
4:30 –   5 p.m. Sign up for ACTIVE MIND CHAPTER. Networking and Community Organization Tables 
5 p.m. Music and Refreshments

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