Active Minds @ WPI

Events to Share and Start Conversations

Active Minds members plan events on campus to raise awareness about mental health concerns, with goals of promoting open dialogue and reducing stigma associated with mental health issues. Events include movie screenings, Mental Health Awareness Week campaigns, flyer distribution, panel discussions, guest speakers, and stress relief activities during final exams (like Stress Out Day featuring "Scream for Ice Cream").

How do I get involved in Active Minds?
It's simple—be a part of changing the conversation about mental health here at WPI. Make an effort to reduce the stigma. Come to the events and our open meetings. Elections are in January. If you can't make meetings, be sure to get on our list serve to stay up to date. For more information, contact Active Minds Advisor Sabrina Rebecchi at the Student Development & Counseling Center by emailing or calling +1-508-831-5540.

Past events presented by Active Minds include:

Send Silence Packing

Send Silence Packing is an exhibit of 1,100 backpacks representing the number of college student lives lost to suicide each year. Active Minds Inc. has collected and continues to collect backpacks and personal stories in memory or in honor of loved ones impacted by suicide. By displaying backpacks with personal stories of loved ones, Send Silence Packing puts a face to lives lost to suicide—and carries the message that preventing suicide is not just about lowering statistics, but also about saving the lives of students, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, and friends across the nation. Contributions serve as a meaningful outlet for survivors' grief as well as a powerful way to raise awareness and work toward suicide prevention.

Speaker Jaime Tworkowski

"Pain, Hope, Questions, and Community: An Evening with To Write Love on Her Arms"
Jaime Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. Speaking with a message of hope and community, he reminds people that they are not alone and this is not the end of their story.

Speaker Lizzie Simon

Author of Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D
Consultant & Producer of MTV's True Life: I'm Bipolar
A remarkable program that addresses coping skills, living a balanced life, bipolar disorder, and tells a powerful story of survival.

Active Minds has started an important conversation about mental health on the WPI campus, as well as a campaign to make students aware of the necessity of mental health awareness. These two parts: conversation and awareness will help better the WPI students and community in the future.

Erik Oliver '12
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Where students are trained and committed to improving the quality of life for all members of the WPI community.

Student leaders in Active Minds @ WPI

Pauline Karabelas, President
Sonya Douglas, External Programming
Kelly Beisswanger, Internal Programming

Victoria Johnson, PR/Social Media
Aaron Segal, Treasurer
Casey Rota, Secretary

Elections are held in November!

All Are Welcome!