Active Minds Veteran’s Day activities
Active Minds is a UIndy student organization with graduate and undergraduate members that promotes awareness of mental health issues. Our efforts focus on reducing the stigma associated with psychological disorders and seeking treatment.
Recently, we participated in the National Day Without Stigma on Oct. 5. You may have spotted our sidewalk chalk messages on campus. We also had dozens of members of the UIndy community stop by our table to hear more about how they can support others with mental health issues and what resources are available.
With Veteran’s Day this week, we have planned two events to raise awareness of the mental health issues that veterans face and to reduce the stigma in conversations about it. This is a major issue in the U.S. as we lose 22 veterans each day to suicide. Our veterans and active duty members can develop mental health disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and research suggests that the stigma related to seeking and receiving treatment may be keeping members of the military from getting the help they need. To raise awareness of this important issue, we will be setting up a display of American flags on the lawn outside of Roberts Hall; we will have 660 flags to represent the number of veterans that die each month by suicide. This display will last from Monday, Nov. 9 to Thursday, Nov. 12.
In collaboration with the Student Veteran Association at UIndy, we are hosting a conversation with Lance Corporal Matthew Ranbarger, USMC (Ret.), who will share his personal story about his battle with PTSD. The event will occur Monday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. in Ransburg Auditorium. L/P credit will be available to student attendees.
We are currently planning events for finals week, so be on the lookout for our Stress Less Week events. We welcome anyone to join us at any of our events, and you can like our Facebook page, Active Minds, UIndy Chapter, and join the movement!