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Tufts Active Minds & National Mental Health Week October 7, 2010

A healthy diet and adequate exercise are certainly important tools to improving your mood. Exercise is an amazing stress-buster and maintaining a balanced diet with adequate nutrients can prevent feeling poorly due to deficiencies. Some nutrients, such as the fat-soluble vitamin D, are related to problems students commonly experience like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I will do a full post on vitamin D later this month. For now I will just say that mental health is complex and involves a balance of many factors.

Thankfully, there is a wonderful student group on campus that champions the cause of mental well-being: Tufts Active Minds. This week, Tufts Active Minds is promoting National Mental Health Week. At Tufts Active Minds’ request, the TSR Fitness yoga classes are free this week to support the week (if you missed Monday’s you can still make it 10am on Saturday).

More info from Tufts Active Minds:

Active Minds is the only organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses.  By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase students? awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

The Mental Health week is an event filled which happens the first week of every October to bring awareness to different issues of mental health. Active Minds chapters across the country host activities, speakers, meetings, demonstrations, etc. to make the conversation about mental health more visible on college campuses. This all fits into the larger mission of opening up healthy conversation about mental health while promoting self-care and healthy living.

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