ITHACA, NY — LeBron Rankins, a staff psychologist with the Ithaca College Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, has been named Active Minds Advisor of the Year for his outstanding dedication to and support of the college’s chapter of the national organization. He was presented with the award at the eighth National Mental Health on Campus Conference, held at the University of Maryland.
Active Minds is a 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.
“I could not be more thrilled that we have Dr. Rankins as one of our chapter’s advisors,” said Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds. “We are the organization that we are because of the tremendous energy and commitment of our chapters and advisors like him. This award is the least we can do to validate the efforts he puts in day in and day out to truly change the conversation about mental health and mental health disorders on college campuses.”
“LeBron provides unconditional support and positive feedback in any and all ways possible to push our chapter further to meet the goals and mission of Active Minds,” noted chapter president Danielle West ’13.
Among other activities this past year, the Ithaca chapter sponsored “Send Silence Packing,” a touring exhibit highlighting the tragedy of suicide among college students; and “Everybody Matters,” an event that promoted mental health and well-being through music, spoken word and other artistic performances.
Rankins earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Central State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Kent State. At Ithaca College he provides clinical services to students and coordinates the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program.
At the conference, more than 500 student advocates, campus leaders and experts in the field came together to network, discuss new strategies for promoting college student mental health and help shape the future of student mental health and young adult advocacy. IC students attending the conference presented a workshop on “Speak Your Mind Panels,” a program they developed to increase students’ awareness about mental health issues and decrease the stigma about seeking help when needed.
To learn more about Active Minds, visit www.activeminds.org.