Blog Posts by Alison Malmon

Discomfort and Chaos — What I’ve Learned Over 20 Years Since Losing Brian

What a moment we’re in. It feels tone-deaf to talk about this now. But, as I grapple with what is appropriate and what isn’t during this chaotic, unprecedented, and uncertain time, I realize that nothing happens in a vacuum. The experiences we’re all feeling around COVID-19 are tied to everything that makes us, us. Have…

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In Memory of Sue Cimbricz

Last month, Active Minds lost a force. I met Sue Cimbricz just a handful of months after she experienced the most extraordinary loss anyone can endure: the suicide of her oldest son, Sam. From the moment I met her and was let into her world and her story, Sue astounded me. Shadowed by her grief,…

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In the Wake of Tragedy, Discuss Mental Illness in Ways that Help, Not Hurt

August 5, 2019 — In the wake of the tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, I am devastated to have to bring the message I wrote last year following the catastrophic events at Stoneman Douglas High School forward again. I am devastated not only because it means lives have once again been lost, but also because these…

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Welcome to Wentworth Miller, Active Minds Ambassador

Our office manager brought the staff meeting to a complete stop when he looked at his laptop and said, “We just got an email from Wentworth Miller.” Stunned silence. Is it spam? No, it looks legit. And that’s when the energy in the room went sky high! For several months, many of us had been following Wentworth from afar….

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