Active Minds

“Empower students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking"

 

About

Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. In 15 years, Active Minds has grown to have a presence on more than 600 college and high school campuses across the country powered by the advocacy of 15,000 students. We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation. Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses nationwide.

Founding Story

Active Minds was founded by Alison Malmon after the tragic suicide of her brother, 22-year old Brian Malmon. Determined to combat the stigma that had caused her brother to suffer in silence and ultimately take his own life, Alison created a group on her campus at the University of Pennsylvania that promoted an open, enlightened dialogue around the issues. Just after graduating in 2003, Alison formed the 501(c)3 organization in order to develop and support chapters of the student group on campuses around the country.

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Our Partnership With the Giving Gallery

Donations from art sales will go directly to help support our campus network. They will contribute to the growth of our student-led chapters, and the presentation of our signature programs including Send Silence Packing® suicide prevention exhibit, and the Active Minds Speakers Bureau.

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Mission

Active Minds’ mission is to empower students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help seeking.

Vision

Active Minds envisions a world where mental health is as widely discussed, understood, and respected as all other health issues, and those who suffer get the care they need.