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

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.


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Creative Programming Expo

Active Minds seeks proposals from students, staff, and other professional presenters for the Creative Programming Expo at the 11th Annual Active Minds National Mental Health on Campus Conference. Programming Expo stations are 1.5 hour interactive displays at which presenters demonstrate their creative programming and provide information about how to replicate it. Proposals are due September 21, 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 "Apply Now" button below to fill out an interest form! Questions? Contact Matt ( 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 a co-facilitator from a school complementary in size to best reach our full Chapter Network audience.

Programming for the Whole Campus, During the Whole Year
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
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.

Fundraising: Connecting Your Broader Network to the Work We Do
As a successful fundraiser, you're likely aware that the steps you take to be successful in this form of advocacy are the same you'd take to grow your chapter. If this sounds like a lesson you've learned, we want to have your voice in this session. Tell us about what you did and how you did it, and we may select you to share that with the Active Minds Network!

Mapping a Movement: Leaving a Legacy
How have you lived the Active Minds' Mission in your day to day life as a student leader on campus? We want to help challenge and inspire our Network to live big, but dream even bigger. If you feel like you strongly identify with the mission of Active Minds and could help bring Active Minds new and returning leaders to a new level of advocacy, apply today!

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 .





  • Nicole Stearman from Active Minds at Eastern Washington University says:

    nicole_stearman"I was diagnosed with social anxiety and depression at the beginning of my senior year of high school. So, while all of the other seniors were enjoying their last year, I was struggling with what it meant to live with mental illness.