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.