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Active Minds: National Day Without Stigma

Contributed by: Jake Griffin
Published: Monday, 05 October 2015 2:30 PM

National Day Without Stigma is a program of Active Minds that falls during Mental Health Awareness Week (October 4-10, 2015).

Active Minds at Ball State University is spreading positive messages about mental health and how we all need to be a part of reducing the shame people feel in seeking help.

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Writing Effective Messages; Supervision Focusing on People; Preparing to Become a Supervisor - 3 New L&D Sessions on Fri, Oct 9

Contributed by: Jerry Winans
Published: Monday, 05 October 2015 9:30 AM
You are invited to attend three new Learning & Development (L&D) sessions on Friday, October 9, presented by trainer-consultant Erica Nelson from Chicago:

Writing is part technical and part “art form”. Writing to communicate business information requires a focus on detail and the ability to express the intention or purpose. Erica Nelson, trainer-consultant, will review how to adapt your writing style to the nature of the correspondence while being succinct and clear. Erica will review how to avoid unnecessary jargon and the most common writing errors in business. You are welcome to bring a sample of a typical piece of correspondence.
Date/Time: Friday, October 9, 2015; 9 - 11 am Register Now!
Location: Student Center Forum Room, 2nd floor, back hallway
Presenter: Erica Nelson

“An effective supervisory relationship requires that the supervisor not only be a content expert, but that they also accept the enormous responsibility of mentorship.” (Rising Sun Consultants, Inc.) This session by consultant-educator Erica Nelson is designed for current supervisors who want to refresh their skills to guide, instruct and encourage/motivate their employees. Studies over time show that 70% of the reasons employees leave their jobs are related to factors that are controllable by the direct supervisor. Come and review your approach to leading your staff to achieve the best outcomes for your department.
Date/Time: Friday, October 9, 2015; 1 - 2:30 pm Register Now!
Location: Student Center Forum Room, 2nd floor, back hallway
Presenter: Erica Nelson

The #1 reason employees leave jobs is a poor relationship with their immediate supervisor. (The Gallup Organization) To be an effective supervisor you must want to get to know your staff, understand what motivates them and their professional goals. A supervisor’s Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a key skill that guides the supervisory relationship. This session will set the framework for what you need to become an effective supervisor. Bring your questions for a Q&A segment at the end of the workshop led by consultant-educator Erica Nelson.
Date/Time: Friday, October 9, 2015; 3 - 4:30 pm Register Now!
Location: Student Center Forum Room, 2nd floor, back hallway
Presenter: Erica Nelson

About the Presenter: Erica Nelson is Managing Consultant of nelson performance development, LLC, a training and consulting practice. Ms. Nelson has 25+ years of professional experience in training in management development, team collaboration, and communication and presentation skills. She is a certified facilitator for the Association for Training and Development (ATD) for the Consulting Skills for Trainers Certificate Program and Coaching Certificate Program. Ms. Nelson earned her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Journalism and English and her M.A. from the University of Connecticut in Educational Administration and Counseling.
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Professional development sessions to tell the Ball State story

Contributed by: Gail L. Werner
Published: Wednesday, 30 September 2015 7:59 AM
The Division of Strategic Communications is offering free professional development sessions starting Oct. 7. We’re eager to share what we’ve learned, then answer questions. If you’re a partner in the Communicators Network, or just want some tips, come on over.

All sessions will be held in West Quad, room 305. Feel free to bring your lunch. To register for any of the sessions listed below, please visit our website.
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Responding to PTSD - Healing Our Community

Contributed by: Sarah Hollowell
Published: Friday, 18 September 2015 1:00 PM
The Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center (NEI-AHEC) presents a special presentation: Responding to PTSD - Healing Our Community.

Silouan Green, a speaker and writer on PTSD, will be holding a FREE event, open to the public, on November 11th, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the Student Center Cardinal Hall B. There will be a short meet and greet session at 7:00 PM prior to the presentation.

For more information, contact NEI-AHEC at
or (765) 285-5681
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The Deployment Cycle & Its Impact on Service Members & Their Families

Contributed by: Amber Walcott
Published: Tuesday, 01 September 2015 11:00 AM
The Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center (NEI=AHEC) is pleased to announce their partnership with Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) to bring Military Culture: The Deployment Cycle & Its Impact on Service Members & Their Families to Muncie, Indiana.

The Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center will be hosting the Tier 1 training which will provide an introduction to military culture and information about the deployment cycle on November 10, 2015.

Tuesday November 10, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Assembly Hall, Alumni Center

**Registration is required and free. Free CEU’s are provided**

For more information or to register visit:

Questions? Email:
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Students Advocate Against Mental Health Stigma

Contributed by: Jake Griffin
Published: Wednesday, 26 August 2015 1:00 PM

Active Minds’ nationally recognized suicide awareness exhibit, Send Silence Packing, will be kicking off at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana on Monday September 14th. The display features 1,100 backpacks, representing the number of college students who die by suicide each year. Later that day the Ball State University Active Minds Chapter will host Global Speaker and Author Kevin Briggs.

A few details:

  • Send Silence Packing backpacks have been donated in memory of loved ones who have died by suicide, putting a face to the lives lost and highlighting the severity of suicide among college students.
  • In Oct. 2014, a Send Silence Packing stop was featured on NBC Nightly News highlighting the importance of eliminating the stigma of mental illness.
  • Send Silence Packing was unveiled on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 2008, with a keynote speech by The Honorable Patrick Kennedy.
  • Kevin Briggs, former California Highway Patrol officer, spent many years patrolling San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge where he encountered numerous individuals clinging to life by a thread. His personal story of physical and mental health challenges including recovery, military service, surviving the suicide of a loved one, divorce and depression will be a great compliment to the Send Silence Packing program.
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            Now Available to Download! Learning & Doing: L&D Session Guide 2015-2016

            Contributed by: Jerry Winans
            Published: Thursday, 06 August 2015 11:00 AM
            The new Learning & Doing: L&D Session Guide 2015 - 2016 is now available to download! Visit the L&D webpage and click either the title or the session guide cover to download a PDF copy. Choose from 80+ sessions, most of which are 90 minutes to two hours, designed to fit into your busy schedule. Learn more.