Bring Change to Mind’s Undergrad Program was piloted in 2014 at Indiana University. The program empowered students to create fun educational mental health awareness events and campaigns for the university. This ultimately encouraged open dialogue and built an inclusive campus climate through providing a range of adaptable anti-stigma materials. BC2M U took part in a four-year, science-based project at Indiana University to test and evaluate this program which proved to be successful. The findings are published in the August 2019 Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP).
A student-led program dedicated to creating stigma-free campuses.
BC2M Undergrad seeks to end the stigma around mental health by creating groups of impassioned students that work to normalize the conversation.
U Bring Change 2 Mind promotes education and awareness on college campuses by connecting students to existing resources, providing tools and ideas to bring activities and events to campus that focus on inclusion and education surrounding mental health.
BC2M Undergrad is an intervention and assessment research project whose goal is to develop a systematic, scientifically-tested program that is distributed to colleges and universities throughout the country as they create their own student group.
BC2M Undergrad believes that through student education and empowerment we can encourage open dialogue and intervention to change the attitude around mental health, while lowering the barriers to care. By emphasizing “connectedness” and social support, we can change attitudes, lower levels of stigma, and eliminate barriers to mental health care, ultimately improving lives.
Why does mental health matter to teens?
“This organization has allowed me to help empower others to reach out for the help they need, change the way mental illness is viewed, and provide a safe environment for conversation to take place.”
“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to participate in something that I know will change the lives of people across America.”
“Over the last year, I’ve had teammates, university staff, and even complete strangers tell me that the work we’re doing has changed their perception of mental illness.”
Frequently Asked Questions
A long-term, community-based, student empowerment approach to stigma reduction appears to be a promising avenue to create “stigma-free” zones on college campuses, develop the next generation of mental health leaders, and potentially reduce societal levels of stigma in the long run. Multiple exposures over time have greater impact in stigma reduction.
There has been little evaluation in stigma reduction efforts in higher education. Our research helped fill this gap and has proven that awareness surrounding mental health, especially multiple exposures, decreases stigma. We hope our findings spark interest and funding for further research on this important topic and inspires more people to join in on this life-changing work.
UBC2M has left us with well-rounded and thorough research which we hope to pass on to partner organizations so they can share the data and knowledge we collected to spread to universities throughout the country.
While Bring Change to Mind won’t continue to have active chapters on college campuses, we still encourage students to become leaders and advocates for mental health in their communities. We hope that graduates of our high school program take the skills they have gained and community activity ideas to continue to change attitudes around mental health once person at a time.
We are so happy that our partners at the Jed Foundation and Active Minds have a presence at thousands of schools across the country. We encourage alumni of our high school program to see if one of these organizations is present on their campus! If one is not available, alum are free to use activities and presentations that they hosted and participated in while they were BC2M HS members.
BC2M High School also encourages all who are interested to participate in our all club activation week we hold once a year; it is jam-packed week filled with fun and inspiring activities guaranteed to bring mental health awareness to your community.
- Having a bad day is normal, and happens to everyone. However, when these bad days turn into bad weeks or bad months, and you notice significant changes in your friend’s behavior or personality, it may be a sign of bigger concern.
- Initially, one of the most important things that you could do is to show love and concern for your friend and to let them know that you’re always there to support them. If you believe that your friend requires additional help, or if you feel overwhelmed in any way about the situation, trust your gut and do not hesitate to speak to someone who could help. This may be a counselor, a professor, or a parent / guardian.
- The Jed Foundation
- To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA)
- Half of Us
- Busca Apoyo
- Active Minds
- Minding Your Mind
- Teaching Everyone About Mental Health (TEAM)
- Partners for StrongMinds (P4SM)
- StrongMinds Project
- Human Power Project
- Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health by Ross Szabo and Melanie Hall
- After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools by The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)