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.


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

Check out the preliminary agenda and exciting line-up of keynote speakers below. Please continue to check back for updates on our 2014 speakers and workshops.
BriggsandGGB web 183 37Kevin Briggs, Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge, Pivotal Points
Sergeant Kevin Briggs is a former California Highway Patrol officer who convinced hundreds of people who were contemplating suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge into coming back over the bridge’s rail and giving life another chance. These challenging, but rewarding efforts earned him the nickname “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge.” After a 23 year career with the California Highway Patrol, Briggs retired to dedicate his life to promote mental health awareness across the globe through Pivotal Points, an organization he founded to promote Suicide Prevention, Crisis Management, and Leadership Skills. Briggs’ story and experiences have been featured in The New Yorker Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, NPR’s Bob Edwards Radio Show and People Magazine. He is currently working on his autobiography with a scheduled release in 2015.
jamison web182 144Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Jamison is the author of the national best sellers An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide, and Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament. She is author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers about mood disorders, creativity, and psychopharmacology. As a founder of UCLA's Affective Disorder Clinic and a co-author of a standard medical text on bipolar disorder, Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on the subject. She is also one of its survivors. It is this dual perspective as both a psychiatric expert in bipolar disorder and a sufferer of the disease that makes Jamison's scientific autobiography, An Unquiet Mind, so profoundly affecting. Jamison, the recipient of numerous national and international scientific awards, was distinguished lecturer at Harvard University in 2002 and the Litchfield lecturer at the University of Oxford in 2003. She is a John P. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow. 

frankwarren web 180x163Frank Warren, creator of the PostSecret Project
Frank Warren started PostSecret as a community art project where he invited total strangers to anonymously mail in their secrets on a homemade postcard. This simple act sparked a global phenomenon. Frank has received over 1 million secrets in his mailbox with more arriving every day but Sunday. has won seven Webby Awards and is the most visited advertisement-free blog in the world. The postcards have been curated for five New York Times bestselling books (a sixth will be published in November 2014) and have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the American Visionary Art Museum. Frank has traveled the world sharing secrets and stories from Australia to the White house. There is a PostSecret album, a PostSecret TED Talk and a PostSecret Play on tour. In 2011 Frank was awarded the ‘HopeLine Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his work on suicide prevention and was invited to the White House to work on issues of mental wellness.

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!   

Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors 

Thank you to our 2014 Conference Sponsors:
Milken Family Foundation
American Counseling Association
Big White Wall
Mental Health First Aid USA

Are you interested in sponsoring a portion of the national conference or a student networking session? 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 .  


  • Dr. Joe Behen, Executive Director of Counseling, Health, & Disability Services School of the Art Institute of Chicago says:

    joe_behen_phd_-_saic_2010"Active Minds is a revolutionary movement and the most exciting development in college student mental health... It has catalyzed students to recognize their own tremendous influence to make fundamental differences in the well-being and mental health of their peers."