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Ithaca College Hosts Student Mental Health Conference

 ITHACA, NY — College students who are passionate about creating an environment on their campuses that respects mental health will gather at Ithaca College on Saturday, March 31, for the Active Minds New York Regional Summit, a daylong series of workshops and presentations intended to educate and inspire.

Active Minds Inc. is a national nonprofit organization that works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental health disorders, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

Sponsored by the Ithaca College chapter of Active Minds, the summit will provide an opportunity for chapter members, advisors and partners from throughout the state to learn and grow together. Discussions will focus on mental health advocacy, chapter challenges and successes and working together to create positive change in the conversation about mental health.

The event will include a presentation by Cameron Mack, whose experiences with the mental health system as a result of suffering from bipolar disorder led him to become an advocate. With tremendous energy and a fun and quirky style, his presentation illustrates the growth that comes from struggle and how one can live well with a mental illness.

The Ithaca chapter has sponsored a number of programs and activities, including “Send Silence Packing,” a touring exhibit highlighting the tragedy of suicide among college students; “Everybody Matters,” an event that promoted mental health and well-being through music, spoken word and other artistic performances; and “Speak Your Mind Panels,” designed to increase students’ awareness about mental health issues and decrease the stigma about seeking help when needed.

For more information on the summit, contact chapter president Danielle West at icactiveminds@gmail.com. For more information on Active Minds, visit www.activeminds.org.



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