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What are good psychology major extracurriculars? (I'm currently a freshman)

I'm planning on starting a psychology/mental health related club in 11th grade after I finish AP Psych in 10th. I want to start a mental health campaign at my school next school year which informs people about mental health disorders. I know how to go about starting those two extracurriculars, but I also want to do some hands-on stuff. Do you guys know if psychiatrists let students shadow them? Also I've heard that you can volunteer for local suicide prevention organizations, but I'm not really sure what I'd do. I hate competitive exams, so please don't recommend any of those. I can do writing competitions where I bring awareness to these issues, but I don't know any good ones.

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@Raghavbk8 months ago

Hey Addie, I think starting a mental health related club is a step in the right direction - check if your school has an "Active Minds" chapter. If it doesn't, try to work with your school's administration to start a chapter at your school.

@Raghavbk8 months ago

If you're looking for hands-on experience, try looking for psychiatrists on LinkedIn and connect with them. If there's a school you're particularly interested in, check the faculty at their Psychology department and see if you can conduct remote research with a professor. I recommend you make a list of professor's who interest you and send a bunch of cold emails.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@addiereadsbooks8 months ago

Thank you so much! I'll look into that!

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8 months ago

You have great ideas so far! I think shadowing really depends on the psychiatrist, but it could be tricky due to sensitive patient info. For suicide prevention programs, you may be able to help with creating materials or even taking calls in some cases. If you like to be creative, you could even start a blog about psychology.

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