About Us

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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.  We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.

By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses nationwide, the nonprofit 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.

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.

Awards and Accolades

Active Minds and founder Alison Malmon have been widely recognized for their contributions to the mental health field:

  • Brava! Award for Top Female CEO in Washington DC by SmartCEO Magazine (2014)
  • Cosmopolitan Magazine's Fun Fearless Female (2014)
  • National Council on Behavioral Healthcare's Destigmatization Award (2013)

  • USA Network’s Characters Unite Award (2012)

  • American Express and Ashoka Changemakers Top Global Emerging Innovator (2012)

  • CrisisLink's Leadership Award (2011)

  • Joseph Wharton Award - The Wharton Club of DC (2011)

  • Didi Hirsch's Erasing the Stigma Leadership Award (2010)
  • Campaign for Mental Health Reform Award (2008)
  • Citizen of the Year by the Potomac, Md. Rotary Club (2008)

  • Washingtonian Magazine's Washingtonian of the Year (2007)
  • American Association of University Women and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators' Woman of Distinction (2007)
  • CNN's Person You Should Know Award (2007)
  • Mental Health America's Tipper Gore Remember the Children Award (2006)
  • National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression's Young Leadership Award (2004)
  • Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvana's Innovation Award (2003)

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  • Ariel Ellis from Active Minds at California State University, Chico says:

    ariel_ellis"The day I discovered that Active Minds existed on my campus was the day I finally felt like there was something I could belong to. After losing a close friend to suicide in high school, I wanted to find a way to give back to the community; to use my negative experience and turn it into something positive."