“Active Minds: Changing the Conversation About Mental Health”

Alison’s presentation traces her happy childhood, growing up with her smart and funny big brother Brian, whom she adored, regarding him as her other half, to the moment when Brian died by suicide during her freshman year of college. Alison explains how she turned tragedy into action, by starting a group on her campus at the University of Pennsylvania and cultivating it to become the internationally recognized nonprofit organization, Active Minds.