Active Minds is an officially recognized national student organization whose University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill chapter was founded in 2010 by Kristen Stefureac, a UNC student who lost her mother to suicide, and the family of Eric Bryant, a UNC Law student who died by suicide in the spring of 2010.

Our goal is to foster a community of students committed to creating a culture that doesn’t stigmatize talking about mental health issues or seeking help. The more we talk about mental health, the more we help others realize they are not alone.

We actively partner with numerous mental health awareness groups on campus, including Embody Carolina (promoting conversations about eating disorders), Rethink: Psychiatric Illness (which offers mental health trainings throughout the semester), Mental Health Ambassadors (dedicated to mental health education), the Student Government Mental Health Task Force (UNC SG’s mental health branch), and Student Wellness (our university-run health and wellness organization).

Some of our events include Mental Health Awareness Day, National Eating Disorder Awareness Week,, Mental Health Awareness Week, and de-stress events like puppies in the pit, mug decorating, and coffee & cookies in the quad. We also hold discussion panels and invite speakers onto campus, often in conjunction with other mental health organizations like Embody Carolina, Mental Health Ambassadors, and the Student Government Mental Health Task Force.

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We also offer mental health first aid trainings each semester for those interested in becoming more effective allies and advocates for students on campus.

Please join us as a university community united against stigma. It’s time to change the conversation about mental health. Let’s speak out against the stigma and end the silence.