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Active Minds at Ball State University

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What is Active Minds at BSU?

Active Minds at Ball State University is an officially recognized chapter of Active Minds, the national student mental health awareness and advocacy group based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to increase BSU students' awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, and to encourage to seek help as soon as it is needed. We also aim to strengthen the mechanisms for peer support, and serve as a liaison between students and the mental health community. We serve as an additional and complementary organization to the already-exiting Mental Health Initiative. By promoting awareness and education, Active Minds at BSU aims to reduce stigma that surrounds mental illness and create an open environment for discussion of mental health issues.

Upcoming Chapter Events

Wednesday, February 3rd @ 7pm (Bracken Library L82B)

Wednesday, February 17th @ 7pm (Bracken Library L82B)

Wednesday, March 2nd @ 7pm (Bracken Library L82B)

Wednesday, March 16th @ 7pm (Bracken Library L82B)

Wednesday, April 6th @ 7pm (Bracken Library L82B)

Wednesday, April 20th @ 7pm (Bracken Library L82B)

Four Pillars of Active Minds at Ball State University

Disclaimer: We do not diagnose or treat any illness. We are not mental health professionals, but we may refer you to qualified services and providers.



The purpose of Active Minds at BSU is threefold. The group strives to encourage all students to reach out to mental health resources when they are feeling overwhelmed, saddened, or frustrated by academics, professional work, family issues, or relationships. Active Minds primary work in this area consists of providing information about resources available at the university and in the Muncie community. In particular, the group encourages all students to make use of the FREE counseling services available at The Ball State University Counseling Center, which provides free and confidential psychological and career resources to students. The primary mission of the agency is to assist students in improving their quality of life. The staff is diverse, professional, warm, and receptive to students who seek services.

Students may call the center from 7:30AM to 4PM, Monday thru Friday at 765.285.1736 or at 765.747.7330 at any other time.

Closely related to their goals is our desire to de-stigmatize mental illness and the use of mental health resources. Active Minds believes all students would benefit from programming or counseling designed to support mental well-being. In this vein, the final goal of Active Minds is to coordinate programs with the Ball State Counseling Center, the Office of the President, the Department of Social Work, and other groups to teach students about topics like stress-relieving techniques and identifying career options that match people’s special interests and talents.

Our primary goal, relative to our awareness initiative, is service to our campus community to suppress mental health stigma and other oppressions faced by people whose lives are impacted by mental illness. We realize that it is incumbent upon Active Minds at Ball State University to act in opposition to all forms of discrimination and other oppressions, intentional or otherwise.

There are four pillars that hold up Active Minds: Attraction, Exposure, Education, and Reduction

Active Minds cannot function without members. The personal experiences, the fascination, and the desire to get information to the community is what drives this group. We seek like-minded individuals to join our group. We continue to attract new members via events, promotions, word of mouth, and information sessions.

We believe that it's important to be exposed to mental illness and mental health issues. Your peers and others you encounter may have aspects of their lives that they do not understand or do not feel comfortable talking about. We wish to provide an environment in which one can be open about those issues and in the process expose others to the importance of mental health knowledge. By passing out fliers on disorders, publishing articles in The Daily News, and partnering with BSU’s counseling center, we will expose the community to the stigmas attached to mental illness. We will also demonstrate the fallacies and truths in stereotypes and characterizations involved in mental illnesses.

We believe that the entire Ball State campus community would benefit from a better understanding of mental health and mental health issues. Through this organization, a person can learn how to cope with stress, relationship issues, death, depressive thoughts, anxiety, and other thought processes. We plan to educate the community and achieve this education through a series of seminars, global speakers, pamphlets, and demonstrations. We are committed to providing quality information to the BSU campus and surrounding Muncie community.

We plan to reduce the stigma surrounding mental disorders on campus and the surrounding community. We will open up about personal experiences and encourage others to do the same. We plan to work with the National Association for Mental Illness of Delaware County, help recruit candidates for the crisis hotline, and hold meetings, which will include discussions about different disorders and topics.


The purpose of Active Minds is to:

  1. Increase the campus students’, faculty’s, and staff’s awareness of issues surrounding mental health, symptoms related to mental health disorders, and mental health resources available both on campus and in the surrounding the community
  2. Reduce stigma toward people living with mental illness so that students will feel more comfortable seeking help when it is needed and openly discussing mental health related issues
  3. Promote a general awareness of comprehensive “self health” by emphasizing techniques that care for the body as well as the mind
  4. Provide students with easy access to information about various Eating Disorders, Depression, Dysthymic Disorder, ADHD, Panic Attack Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and any other mental illness about which they inquire.
  5. Serve as a liaison between the student body and the mental health community by hosting guest speakers, providing informational fact sheets, organizing fundraisers, maintaining a comprehensive website, and organizing other events designed to reduce stigma and raise awareness.


Are you or someone you know in crisis? If yes, please call the Counseling Center (765.285.1736), campus police (765.285.1832) or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Other Mental Health Organizations

  • ADS Center
  • Ask For Help
  • Bring Change 2 Mind
  • The Carson J Spencer Foundation
  • Each Mind Matters
  • Erasing the Distance
  • Half of Us
  • The Jed Foundation
  • Minds on the Edge
  • NAMI
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline
  • ReachOut
  • Scattergood Foundation
  • To Write Love On Her Arms
  • The Trevor Project
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America
  • Freedom from Fear
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America
  • Erika’s Lighthouse
  • How to Help Someone with Depression
  • Hope for Depression Research Foundation
  • iFred
  • University of Michigan Depression Center
  • Eating Disorders
  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • The Body Positive
  • Eating Disorders Coalition for Research Policy and Action
  • Eating Disorder Hope
  • How to Help Someone with an Eating Disorder
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
  • The National Association for Males with Eating Disorders
  • National Eating Disorders Association
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Beyond OCD: The College Student's Guide
  • International OCD Foundation
  • James E. Marshall OCD Foundation
  • OCD Tribe
  • Personality Disorders
  • Borderline Personality Disorder: Helping Yourself and Others
  • Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center
  • BPDWorld
  • National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
  • New England Personality Disorder Association
  • Out of the FOG
  • The 10 Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
  • Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America
  • Suicide Prevention
  • American Association of Suicidology
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • How to Help Someone who is Suicidal
  • International Association for Suicide Prevention


We would love to hear from you!
Please write us or send donations to:

Active Minds
SC Box 246
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

To contact a executive officer or advisor, please visit the Executive Officer.

Email us at:

Phone: (573) 539-6414

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