Archie Messersmith-Bunting

TOPICS

  • Mental Health/Wellness

  • Alcohol/Drugs/Recovery 

  • Leadership/Resilience

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about Archie

Using dynamism and authenticity, Archie champions mental health awareness nationwide at universities and high schools. His vulnerability helps students rethink complicated and emotional topics like depression, suicide, alcohol, and drug addiction.

 

Archie reaches students personally as he openly and honestly shares his own struggle with addiction and clinical depression. He weaves research of top therapists and addiction specialists into his storytelling, allowing audiences to understand and feel the potential for loss and pain. He guides attendees to a place of self-reflection, encouraging them to find balance and reclaim the power of the emotional baggage that often controls their lives.

 

Whether it's a conversation at New Student Orientation about mental health or a student leader keynote about leading with purpose, Archie offers a vibrant mix of life lessons that leaves students inspired, empowered and ready to make authentic changes. Ultimately, helping re-frame the narrative that tough topics can and should be tackled together to overcome life's deepest sorrows.

 

Archie attended Samford University for his Bachelor's degree and received a Master's of Science in College & Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University.

 programs

It's Okay Not to Be Okay 

Depression is real. It’s not a hurt that you can simply make “go away,” and you can’t just “walk it off.” If you’ve ever suffered from it, or had a friend or family member who has, you know it can ravage a soul and leave a shell of a person. 

 

This program allows students to assess their own mental health and identify ways they can improve their daily self-care plan. Attendees learn to identify signs their friend, family member or classmate may be struggling. Participants discover action steps to encourage help-seeking behaviors while avoiding the less-than-helpful things often said to those struggling with depression.

 

If we want healthier students in our college communities, then together we must make mental health education a priority. 

 

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay is perfect for any student programming needs as Archie customizes the examples he uses for the student population in attendance. This program can be delivered virtually or in-person.

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Review the most common mental health issues facing college students today and learn the symptoms of each one.

  • Identify non-verbal signs that a friend might need support. 

  • Evaluate their own self-care plan and brainstorm ways it could be improved.

  • Be empowered to engage in and encourage help-seeking behavior. 

Ideal Audiences
  • Fraternity/Sorority Life
  • New Student Orientation
  • Mental Health/Wellness
  • Healthy Masculinity Programming
Formats
  • Keynote
  • Workshop
  • Virtual

 

Benzos, Blow, and Bourbon: An Honest Conversation

In almost every college coming-of-age movie, beer pong, parties, and hangovers are common. For many, the big screen reflects our lived reality. 

 

A majority of students use alcohol and perhaps experiment with other drugs. It’s normal, right? While most will not find themselves in a hospital ICU with a drug overdose, most students will know someone who battles alcoholism or addiction. These battles are often fought alone, with many friends having difficulty confronting the dark nature of the disease. 

 

In this powerful program, Archie uses his own personal journey to show how easily partying turns problematic. Students learn how to spot warning signs in their peers. They will leave equipped with new tools to use when having vulnerable conversations with those struggling to find recovery.

 

If you’re looking for an authentic, no-punches-pulled program about alcohol and other drug prevention, then Benzos, Blow and Bourbon is a great program to utilize.  

 

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Gain a new perspective on alcohol and drug addiction and how it might impact themselves and those they call brother or sister.

  • Identify potential warning signs that someone they love may be struggling with alcohol or drug abuse.

  • Develop appropriate conversation starters to have with someone they fear is struggling with alcoholism or addiction.

Ideal Audiences
  • Fraternity/Sorority Life
  • New Student Orientation
  • Mental Health/Wellness
  • Healthy Masculinity Programming
Formats
  • Keynote
  • Workshop
  • Virtual

Leading During Turbulent Times

 

Student leadership was never easy, but now there are unique challenges not covered in traditional transition binders. Sifting through the noise and leading with purpose is more important than ever. 

                                                

In this interactive and engaging program, student leaders receive a framework that allows them to refocus their most critical leadership priorities. Participants will also connect with students in similar leadership positions and brainstorm how they can lead with intentionality and purpose. 

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Reexamine their current leadership priorities and identify areas they can refocus their time and attention.

  • Identify what is truly important in their councils, chapters, or clubs.

  • Understand a new leadership framework to allow them to be more intentional about where they put their time and how they lead.

Ideal Audiences
  • Student Organization Leaders

  • Club, Chapter, or Council officers 

  • Student Government

  • Residence Life

Formats
  • Keynote
  • Workshop
  • Virtual

Zoooom Like a Boss: Presenting Virtually Does Not Mean Presenting Boringly

 

Effectively delivering virtual content is not as simple as turning on your webcam and talking to the green light. For those who do it well, there is a different kind of preparation and it involves more than solid content. You now need to think through how you present, where you present, and how you’re going to keep participants engaged throughout your entire presentation.

 

This virtual program will allow students to reframe the way they prepare to present, learn how to retool current content, and identify ways to make virtual presentations more visually appealing. Students will leave excited, inspired, and ready to conquer the Zoomiverse one Ztep at a time! 

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Understand the major differences between presenting in-person and in the virtual medium.

  • Consider 10-Zteps to utilize that will improve their virtual presentations. 

  • Identify areas of preparation that they can begin to focus on to create more engaging virtual presentations.

  • Investigate common technology investments they can begin to use to vastly improve their virtual presentations.

Ideal Audiences
  • Student Organization Leaders

  • Student Government

  • Graduate Students

  • Fraternity/Sorority Life

  • Student Affairs Staff Development

  • Resident Life

Formats
  • Keynote
  • Workshop
  • Virtual
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