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.


The early bird registration closed on October 14, 2014. Now the registration fee for all chapter-based attendees (student members and advisors) is $70 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 note that to attend the Active Minds Pre-Conference Leadership Institute or FREE Mental Health First Aid Training you must sign-up by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Higher Education Mental Health First Aid Training is being offered from 8:30am-5pm on Thursday and is FREE and available to any and all students, staff, faculty and community members. You do not need to be registered for conference to attend.
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 hotel block at the conference center Marriott is now full. Please see this list of alternative hotels close to the conference center.  
There is a University of Maryland Terrapins home football game on Saturday night, so hotel rooms in the area are limited - reserve your room before they are all booked!


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:
Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation
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 .  


  • Barry Schreier, Director of University of Connecticut Counseling and Mental Health Services says:

    barry_schreier_-_uconn"My strong message to counseling center directors is to either start a chapter or contact your current chapter and form a close alliance between Active Minds and the campus counseling center. This alignment allows for close collaboration not only on the variety of campus mental health issues, but on the framing and messaging of these issues."