Become an advocate.
Interested in mental health? Want to help end stigma on our campus? We know you have special talents and we want you on our team. How will you get involved?
Rethink training graduates, or Rethink Ambassadors, as we fondly call them, are students who dedicate 3 hours of their time to learning about mental illnesses and becoming advocates.
Ambassadors are everyone from a psychology to a business major, friends and family members of people with mental illnesses to people who haven't been directly affected, social justice enthusiasts and video game lovers to poets and mathematicians.
The only requirement to attend our trainings, offered free of charge, is to have an open heart and an open mind.
In fact, beyond the specific skills, such as how to speak up when you hear an inappropriate joke about mental illness, the Rethink training is about sending the message that people with mental illnesses have not been forgotten, and that we as students and Tar Heels care about the issue enough to dedicate our time to learning more about it.
Ever since debuting our pilot training program in March, we have been working hard to make the Rethink: Psychiatric Illness Training an even more enriching experience for students and community members. In order to run our trainings, we need empathetic, energetic, and passionate students like you.
Rethink Facilitators commit to leading a number of trainings a month during the academic year and receive special preparation in mental health issues in addition to other benefits. Their job is to guide training participants through 4 hours of interactive exercises, encourage them to be vulnerable, and enable an environment of acceptance and honest discussion.
Fall 2014 Facilitator applications are due on October 2, 2014.
In order to run all of our trainings, put on great events, and make sure mental health is a hot topic on campus, we need your help!
We are looking to recruit just about everyone wanting to pitch in and become members of Rethink.
As a Rethinker, you will be a part of the Campus Y, UNC-Chapel Hill's social justice hub, and have the opportunity to network with amazing professionals and mental health advocates in our community, as well as hone your skills in everything from graphic design, publicity, media, web design, fundraising, public relations, finance, event planning, and pretty much anything else imaginable.
Because we are such a young organization, it's up to you to shape what Rethink becomes. So don't keep all those great ideas to yourself! Email us at and join us for our weekly meetings Wednesdays at 6pm at the Campus Y.
We can't wait to meet you!
Rethink is looking for storytellers!
As part of our training a storyteller shares their experience with mental illness as a means of putting a face to the issue and raising awareness. It’s an incredible way to get involved in the cause and it can be an amazingly empowering way to join the work.
To be a storyteller you DO NOT need prior advocacy or public speaking experience, just the desire to share your story and be a part of our training.
The only requirement to be a storyteller is to have attended a Rethink training.
If you are a member, facilitator, or rethink supporter that is interested in the role or have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.