Who We Are
Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses nationwide.
Pitt Active Minds is dedicated to increasing students’ awareness of mental health issues, providing information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encouraging students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serving as liaison between students and the mental health community.
During the year, we hold biweekly general body meetings, help to plan for campus-wide events like Mental Health Awareness Week, and work to host events that destigmatize mental health illnesses and issues.
Our Project: A Mental Health Speaker
This fall, Pitt Active Minds will be bringing a speaker to campus. We have several amazing options for speakers to bring to Pitt, including Danee Sergeant, Colleen Coffey, and Kevin Briggs. Each speaker has a different booking fee, and this fundraising campaign will determine which speaker Pitt Active Minds will host!
While we would be thrilled to hear from Danee or Colleen, our ultimate goal is to be able to bring Kevin Briggs to campus. Briggs is widely known as the “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge” and during his years as a California highway patrolman he talked down over two hundred people from jumping off the bridge. He has since written a book, Guardian of the Golden Gate: Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair, and retired from the highway patrol in order to become an advocate for suicide prevention. Briggs has been featured in the 2014 TED Talk Conference, The New Yorker, People, and Men's Health magazines and on The Steve Harvey Show and NPR's Bob Edward's Radio Show.
Booking Fee for Danee Sergeant: $3,000
Booking Fee for Colleen Coffey: $4,300
Booking Fee for Kevin Briggs: $8,500
Lodging Fee: $239
Ground Transportaion Fee: $6.86
How You Can Help
This year, we want to bring a high-profile speaker to increase the visibility of our club and resources and to raise as much awareness for suicide prevention as possible.
With your help, Pitt Active Minds will be able to bring an incredibly impactful speaker to help destigmatize mental health issues and make more people aware of resources available to them.
Any funds raised will be applied to this main speaker event in October and after that to help cover general club expenses and future events we plan on bringing to campus such as a speaker from the JCK Foundation, a mental health first aid training, and another famous speaker in the spring.
Thank you for your support!
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