The Active Minds Club is a mental health advocacy group dedicated to changing the conversation about mental health and de-stigmatizing mental illness at El Camino College. Active Minds is also a national organization, with thousands of chapters across the nation.
The Active Minds Club will focus on providing information on mental health resources, spreading awareness regarding mental health, and advocating for events geared towards mental health on campus.
By changing the conversation about mental health, we can create a better system for supporting those who need the help, and allow for everyone to acknowledge and take care of their own mental well-being.JOIN THE CONVERSATION TODAY!
My name is Zoila and I am passionate about mental health awareness because I, myself have experienced struggles with mental health and needed resources, but did not know where to look. I had never discussed mental health at home and rarely with my friends, so reaching out for mental health resources was difficult and felt strange/shameful. I turned to my school’s health center for help and was guided to mental health resources that I still utilize to this day. I want to help destigmatize mental health, both at ECC and in the community at large, by being open to and creating discussions about mental health. Struggling with mental health is not something anyone needs to be ashamed of and it is something that we should be able to talk about and reach out for help when we need, without the fear of being judged by others. I want to be able to help share mental health resources so that everyone has access to them when needed and can spread these resources to family, friends, communities, and more. I joined Active Minds because I know we can have a future where experiencing mental health struggles will not be seen as taboo and everyone will feel comfortable seeking out help for their mental health. Active Minds is here to help support students at ECC experiencing mental health issues, relieving stress throughout the school year by offering activities like Pet Therapy, and offering information on both local and national mental health resources. We are here to be a shoulder you can lean on in times of need and to help point you in the direction of further resources. I know there are great things to come from the Active Minds student organization on campus and I am happy to be a part of it! Together we can end the stigma around mental health and open up the conversation to help support each other and share mental health resources so everyone can have the access they need.
John F. Kennedy once stated, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." My name is Bareerah Ismail, although most of you may know me as Bella. I have been an ambitious biology student at El Camino for the last two years and am honored to be the Vice President for the Active Minds Club. As I am involved in numerous clubs and strive to make the best of every opportunity. I am eager to increase mental health awareness and help students connect to resources. Through awareness, equitable distribution of campus resources, and encouragement, l believe that Active Minds can make a difference in the mental health of students on campus.
I'm Mary, the newly elected Co-Vice President of Active Minds, ECC Chapter, and a certified Mental Health First Aid Provider. Mental health has always been essential to me ever since I experienced its impact not just on my life, but also on the lives of people who I value the most. When it comes to our minds, everything is immeasurable; there's no such thing as a small problem, and it's very essential to be aware about how to be kind to our minds, because everything flows from it.
On April 4th, 2022 El Camino College hosted Active Minds and the Send Silence Packing display. This display had over 600 backpacks with stories of individuals that died by suicide. Not only was the display impactful to many, but it brought awareness of mental health to El Camino College. These past few years have been hard on all of us, and we want every student and also staff to know that there are resources for everyone.
Present at the event were the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Mental Health, Mental Health America, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the LQBTQ Center of Long Beach, and Asian American Drug Abuse Program.
Therapy Dogs visited El Camino College three times during the Spring and Summer Semester to help students destress with a pet. We know it’s important to bring events like this to campus in an effort to help our fellow students smile and be mindful of taking time out to do things that make us feel happy!