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Active Minds is a political and advocacy club at Cazenovia College. The student-run club is a part of the national nonprofit organization, which helps students to open chapters on college campuses. The club was established with the purpose of increasing the awareness of students, faculty, and staff at the College about the issues surrounding mental health, symptoms related to mental health disorders, and mental health resources available both on campus and in the surrounding community. The group's meetings provide students with an open forum to talk about mental health, as well as the fight against stigmas and stereotypes surrounding mental health.
 
Jordan Thomes, interior design senior, is the current club president and founder of the Cazenovia College's chapter. Thomes brought Active Minds to campus as a head resident advisor proposal, which also involved a lecture-based series around the organization.
 
When asked about the club's primary goal, Thomes shares, "The club aims to get students talking, and to encourage them to seek help when and where they need it." Thomes describes what the club stands for and what it means to her and other students saying, "I wish I had something like this to go to my freshman and sophomore year, but I am happy to bring this group together on campus. It is very heartwarming to have people appreciate the cause."
 
The club focuses on "positive and uplifting events," according to Thomes. One of the last events that the club held in the fall was a late-night yoga—an event done in partnership with the Young Life Club, which is a Christian organization on campus. Other events include a floral sale for Earth Day, as well as selling succulents as a holiday fundraiser. The club has plans to collaborate with the Student Government Association (SGA) in February for an upcoming craft fair. There are also plans for a "Stress-Free Week," which would be in conjunction with Project REACH's "Stress-Free Day" in the spring semester. The event would occur in April, and will consist of games, snacks, and opportunities to interact with dogs.
 
When asked about what she hopes to get out of the club's existence, Thomes responds, "We just want students to know that they are not alone. It is important to know that when you are struggling, you do not have to struggle alone."
 
Are you interested in becoming involved in Active Minds? The club is open to all students on campus. Students are welcome to come to club meetings, which are held bi-weekly, on Sunday evenings in the Harden Room in Hubbard Hall. If you have questions about the club, email club president Jordan Thomes at jmthomes@cazenovia.edu.
 
Written by Walid Ibrahim, communication studies senior