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Active Minds names top colleges

September 30, 2015
by Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The mental-health advocacy group Active Minds has recognized five institutions for its Healthy Campus Award.

Criteria for the award includes investment in student health for the long-term through a number of public health initiatives: sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention training; suicide prevention and means restriction campaigns; smoke-free campus policies; sexual health education; integration of health services; expansion of healthy eating and wellness options; and more.


  • The "Let's Talk" campaign at Cornell University sends mental health counselors to popular student venues around campus to offer students informal opportunities to speak with clinicians. By meeting students where they are, the campaign decreases barriers to services and encourages help-seeking behaviors.
  • The University of Minnesota's Provost's Committee on Student Mental Health promotes mental health awareness and represents more than 20 offices, including staff, faculty and students. This is one example of institutional-wide collaboration in the name of health and wellness.
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro invests in student health and wellness services – even in the midst of tight budgets – through a new $91 million student recreation center, the largest facility ever built by the university.
  • The "BeVocal" bystander intervention campaign at the University of Texas at Austin trains students across the campus in how to effectively and safely intervene in potentially dangerous situations.
  • The "Best Self" campaign at Western Washington University, a campus-wide, evidence-based training program, increases resiliency and well-being among all members of the university community – including students, staff and administrators. 

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