Active Minds National Conference

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The Active Minds National Mental Health on Campus Conference, held annually in November, is the only national conference addressing college student mental health and young adult advocacy. The conference brings together hundreds of experts, change-agents and leaders from across the country and educates, energizes and inspires the next generation of mental health advocates.
Do you have a dynamite chapter? Nominate yourselves for our chapter awards, which will be announced at conference!


Early bird registration for the 2014 National Conference is now open! All chapter-based attendees (student members and advisors) will receive a rate of $50. All non-chapter attendees will receive a rate of $80. The early bird registration closes on October 14, 2014. After that time, registration will be available at the regular rates: $70 for Chapter attendees and $100 for non-chapter attendees.

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Agenda & Speakers

Please continue to check back for updates on our 2014 line-up of keynotes, speakers and workshops. If you're interested in speaking, presenting a workshop or hosting an expo table, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

And while you're waiting for details, check out an online version of the agenda from last year's conference!

Location & Lodging

The 2014 conference will be held at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, located at 3501 University Blvd, East Hyattsville, MD 20783 –  just off the western side of the University of Maryland at College Park campus. You can find maps and directions here.

The Active Minds guest block is reserved at the College Park Marriott and is available for the nights of November 13 (Thursday) through November 15 (Sunday). If you require rooms earlier or later than the dates included in our room block, please be aware that regular hotel rates will apply. There is a Maryland Terrapins home football game on Saturday night, so hotel rooms are limited - reserve your room before they are all booked! You can use the below link to access our room block reservation page via Marriott's website.

Click here to book your conference hotel room using our 2014 Active Minds National Conference group rate.


Do you still have questions about conference? We've put together an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you get answers!




Did you chapter have a year 2013-2014 school year? Host a creative program? Collaborate across campus? Have an amazing leader? Innovate a new fundraiser?

Nominate yourself, your chapter, your advisor, or an alumni for an award to recognize that great work! Award recipients will be announced at this year's conference. See the full list of awards.

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Would you like to see your most popular program run on 10, 25, or 75 other campuses? Apply to present at the Active Minds Programming Expo! When you present your program at our conference, up to 100 other chapters leave with information on how to run your event on their campuses! It's like a research poster presentation only better. Proposals are due September 28, 2014 for this opportunity to contribute to the network and boost your résumé! You will be notified of your proposal status on or around October 6, 2014.


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Workshop Proposals

This year, we are seeking chapter leaders from both large and smaller schools interested in co-presenting on one of the following topics. If you are interested, click the "Workshop Proposal Form" button below to fill out an interest form! You will be notified of your proposal status on or around October 3, 2014. Questions? Contact Maggie ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). 

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This year's topics include:

Chapter Maintenance and Leadership
Is your chapter growing like a weed? Have a set process in place to ensure your leadership transitions and hits the ground running each year? We are seeking student facilitators who have excelled in developing their chapter and maintaining that growth. You will be paired with 2-3 co-panelists from schools diverse in size and characteristics to best reach our full Chapter Network audience.

Programming for the Whole Campus, During the Whole Year (Roundtable Discussion)
Have you made your own programs or really gotten our National programs down-pat? Are your events the ones that students look forward to and you see new faces each time one is on the school calendar? Please consider helping your peers by leading a discussion intended to share strategies for making mental health programming more inclusive for all types of folks on campus, and throughout the year.

Collaboration on and off Campus (Roundtable Discussion)
Help your peers learn from your tried and true strategies to build relationships on campus with diverse student groups and resources. As our facilitators for this session, it'd also be helpful to walk through the host of potential partners standing at the ready to work with your chapter in your surrounding or state-level community.

Mapping a Movement: Leaving a Legacy
Has your chapter made its mark on campus? Have you ensured the existence and recognition of your chapter as a force for good for years to come? Your colleagues want to hear from you! If you have a story to share about how you’ve changed student life, a policy, or a process on your campus, apply to share it during this session!

Propose Your Own Roundtable
We're also interested in what you want to discuss! If you have a discussion topic about which you'd like to facilitate one of our rountable discussion, pitch it to us!

Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors 

Are you interested in sponsoring a portion of the national conference or possibly hosting an exhibit table in our registration area? Contact our Development Team at 202-332-9595 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





  • Joanne Qiao from Active Minds at Brandeis University says:

     joanne3"One of my closest friends struggled with depression for most of her life and unfortunately gave up the fight.  While the work I'm doing will not bring her back, and I will continue to miss her every day, being involved in Active Minds, raising awareness and fighting the stigma surrounding mental illness are my ways of making a difference. "