Dear Stigma Fighters:
From the bottom of everyone at Pitt Active Minds’ hearts we thank you. We thank you for donating generously to not only our organization but also to the cause of destigmatizing mental health on college campuses. We were able to bring Kevin Briggs to the University of Pittsburgh’s campus because of you and your efforts. A little over one hundred people attended the event and it was a huge success for a small organization (see below for a few photos).
Active Minds also won the Panther Program of the Month Award for Kevin Briggs! The award focuses on highlighting different events that enrich the Pitt student’s experience at Pitt, and to spotlight the different organizations that hold these events. We are the first ones to win the award and that is thanks to you!
Again, we cannot express entirely how truly grateful we are to have you and your support. We will continue to work hard to bring more successful events to campus to raise mental health awareness and we hope you continue to support us.
Thank you and Hail to Pitt!
Pitt Active Minds
Earlier this summer, Active Minds requested funding to pay for Kevin Briggs’ honorarium and travel fees from Pitt’s Student Government Board (SGB). As of Tuesday night, they granted us the requested $8,745.86 in full! This means that we will be able to bring our #1 speaker pick, Briggs, to campus this Fall!!
What this means for our EngagePitt Campaign:
As of now, our campaign will focus on raising enough additional funding to add a $1,000 workshop with Briggs as the $8,745.86 only covers his speaker presentation, lodging, and ground transportation. This Active Listening Skills Workshop is offered as a stand-alone program or as an additional focus-group extension to the “Listening to Understand” keynote given by Briggs. It allows small groups to learn and practice the proper use of active listening skills and to discuss how to break the stigma related to mental illness.
Any funds raised over the amount needed to pay for Briggs’ workshop will go towards sending our three officers to the Active Minds National Conference in November, bringing speaker and spoken word poet, Neil Hilborn, to campus in the spring, and general club expenses.
Thank you so much to the people who have already given and to our friends and family for supporting us through all our endeavors. Thank you also to SGB for funding our efforts and helping us spread awareness and fighting the stigma!
Self-care is difficult, but sometimes it’s the small things, like brushing your teeth, that can help you get through the day!
Great job! Sometimes taking the time to clean yourself and have a nice hot shower can be the motivator to get out and do something productive!
Awesome! Now that you’ve done your daily hygiene routine, you’re ready to face the day and be the best you!
Wow! In the midst of a busy day, you made time to sit down and have a great meal that will provide you with lots of good energy for the rest of the day! Remembering to eat is important and a huge part in taking care of your body and mind!
Reaching out to people can be difficult, but you managed to do one of the bravest things - open up to someone about your mental health issues that you’ve been struggling with. We’re so proud of you.
You’ve made it so far in your journey of self-care! Talking to a mental health professional can give you tools for coping with the daily stresses of life. Keep going! We support you!