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Active Minds Peer Educators

Active Minds is a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy organization on Mizzou’s campus. The group is designed to utilize peer outreach and increase student’s awareness of mental health issues and symptoms of mental illness, provide info about available resources, and encourage students to seek help for themselves or a friend as soon as needed. Our goal is to remove the stigma that surrounds mental illness and create and open environment for discussion of mental health issues.

For more information about Active Minds, please contact Molly Litteken at 573-882-4634 or

Presentations you can request!

  • Stress Less – 45 minutes – Many students today face many obstacles with school, jobs and extra-curricular activities leading to a lot of stress. This presentation is a workshop that teaches students what stress is, negative and positive responses to stress, and how to actively cope with stress. This presentation includes an interactive activity.
  • Stop the Stigma – 45 minutes – Ending the stigma surrounding mental health is a key goal of Active Minds. This presentation teaches students what mental health is, debunks some myths surrounding mental health and teaches students how to be there for their friends when their friend is in need. This presentation is great for all audiences!
  • StepUp! – 45-60 minutes – This training provides a framework explaining the bystander effect, reviews relevant research and teaches skills for intervening successfully using the 5 Decision Making Steps, and the S.S.E. Model (Safe; Early; Effective). A survey at three Universities (The University of Arizona, University of California, Riverside and University of Virginia), revealed that students are encountering multiple situations where bystander intervention would be appropriate including, among other things, alcohol abuse, hazing, eating disorders, sexual assault and discrimination. Almost 90% stated a problem could have been avoided with intervention and up to 85% of the student-athletes indicated they would like to learn skills to intervene. The bottom line is that many, if not most, unfortunate results are PREVENTABLE.