Active Minds National Conference 2020

Washington, DC | February 21- 22, 2020


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Active Minds National Conference 2020
Bridging Gaps: Changing Culture in the Everyday

The nation’s premier conference focused on young adults and mental health

Capital Hilton Hotel | Washington, DC | #ActiveMindsCon20

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keynote speakers


Zachary Levi is an award-winning actor, as well as a mental health advocate and Ambassador for Active Minds. With humor and a commanding presence, Zac has firmly established himself as one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. He most recently top lined SHAZAM! for Warner Brothers/ New Line Cinema, which held the #1 spot at the box office for two weeks in a row. Recently Levi was announced to be joining the cast of PRISONER 760, a true-life legal drama, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley and Tahar Rahim. Zac recently took home a SAG Award for “Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series” for his recurring role for season two of Amazon Studios’ Emmy winning series, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. Previous film credits include THOR: THE DARK WORLD and TANGLED. Levi is best known for his fan favorite performance as Chuck Bartowski in the hit NBC series, CHUCK, and other TV credits include ALIAS GRACE and HEROES REBORN.

In addition to his many film and television successes, Zac has become a fierce public activist for mental health, and uses his platform to advocate for an improved mental health culture, as well as validating and encouraging each individual to pursue his or her own journey toward self-love and mental wellness.


Dr. John Draper is the Executive Director of the SAMHSA-funded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK), a position he’s held since its inception in 2004. Dr. Draper has nearly 30 years of experience in crisis intervention and suicide prevention work, and is considered an international expert in crisis contact center practices (hotline, online chat, text services, etc.).  John will be discussing the new 3-digit number for suicide prevention, 988, currently being proposed by the FCC.

Michelle Cornette, Ph.D

Michelle Cornette, Ph.D. is Lead Public Health Advisor in the Suicide Prevention Branch at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Past Executive Director of the American Association of Suicidology, the nation’s sole membership organization in suicide prevention. At SAMHSA, Dr. Cornette is Program Officer for the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention grant program and Co-Program Officer for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  Dr. Cornette has devoted her entire career to suicide prevention, to include prior posts with the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, the Center for Deployment Psychology, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Cornette has maintained an active research program on suicide risk and has published and presented extensively on the topics of civilian and military suicide risk assessment, prevention, and treatment.

Frank Warren

Founder of the world-wide phenomenon PostSecret, Frank Warren has been called, “the most trusted stranger in America.” His collection of over 1,000,000 artful secrets mailed to him on postcards has been exhibited at the Smithsonian, MoMA, The White House, and dozens of other museums around the world. Author of six New York Times best-selling books, Frank’s PostSecret website is the most visited ad-free blog in the world and won the Webby Award for “Best Blog on the Internet.” Frank was awarded the Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award and has been an Active Minds speaker for over five years. His multimedia presentations on campuses in the US and Canada reveal our most soulful, shocking and silly secrets while demonstrating the transformative power of sharing our story.

Kai Roberts

Kai was carrying a full load as a producer, recording artist and educator, while attending Carnegie Mellon University as a full-time student when he began to experience extreme anxiety and all the symptoms it had to offer. Using music as his medication, Kai began his healing process, and was inspired to create an album that would encourage others in similar situations, and enlighten society on the college experience often kept secret. Now an Active Minds speaker, Kai’s high energy presentation tells the story of his battle with anxiety and panic disorder through interactive dialogue and hip-hop music.

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A special thank you to our 2020 sponsors

about the conference

The Active Minds National Conference is the nation’s premier conference focused on young adults and mental health. This two-day conference looks closely at how we can all work together towards bridging gaps and addressing mental health as one of the most important issues of our time.

Annual showcase

Presented since 2004, this highly anticipated annual event brings together hundreds of young adults and mental health leaders; campus and school professionals; government, foundation, and corporate representatives from across the country to share ideas and advance knowledge about mental health education, advocacy, and awareness.

The conference annually showcases the most innovative and effective approaches to supporting young adult well-being and changing the conversation about mental health on campuses, in workplaces, and within our communities.

Exceptional speakers

Highlights of the Active Minds National Conference includes inspiring keynote presentations and breakout sessions led by esteemed mental health, higher education, and other experts.

Continuing education contact hours

The Active Minds National Conference program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 8 total Category I continuing education contact hours.

Who attends

  • Campus professionals including deans, vice presidents, faculty, and staff in Student Affairs, Student Life, Student Health, Counseling, Psychology, Public Health, and more
  • School administrators including principals, superintendents, guidance counselors, and social work
  • Government, foundation, and corporate representatives invested in the health and well-being of students and communities
  • Young adults and Active Minds chapter members and alumni, student body presidents, fraternity and sorority leaders, and all others who are committed to mental health awareness and suicide prevention
  • Mental health leaders including representatives of mental health organizations as well as practitioners

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