preliminary agenda and exciting line-up of keynote speakers below. Please continue to check back for updates on our 2014 speakers and workshops.
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.
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.
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. PostSecret.com 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. 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.