2024 Mental Health Conference

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About the Conference

The Active Minds 2024 Mental Health Conference is the nation’s leading mental health conference for young adults.

This highly anticipated conference will bring together hundreds of young adults from across the country to share ideas and advance knowledge about mental health education, advocacy, and awareness.

The conference will showcase the most innovative and effective approaches to supporting young adult well-being and changing the conversation about mental health on campuses, in schools, in the transition to the workplace, and within our communities.

  • Young Adult Leaders ages 18-25+ and those who are committed to mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
  • Active Minds Chapter Members and Alumni from colleges and universities and high schools. 
  • Student Members of Partner Organizations including fraternity and sorority leaders, student athletes, service-minded students, student body presidents, and more.
  • Leading Experts and Industry Leaders with tangible opportunities available for young adult advocates to learn, grow, and mobilize for mental health.

The target audience for the 2024 conference is young adults, including students (ages 18-25).  For attendees under 18, Active Minds requires the completion of the attached General Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk for Minors and that they be accompanied by an adult chaperone at the conference.  If you are under the age of 18 and interested in attending the conference please contact conference@activeminds.org for additional information.

The 2024 conference will be held Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 at the Capital Hilton Hotel. Information about sessions and keynotes will be listed on the Conference Page.

Conference Agenda

Yes, you choose which sessions and events to attend. We encourage you to go to as many as you can to get the full benefit of the conference.

The full conference schedule will be published closer to the conference date.  To see the types of speakers, sessions, and interactive elements you can expect, you can visit the 2023 Conference Digital Program.

Hotel + Travel

Active Minds has a special conference rate at the Capital Hilton Hotel and all conference attendees are encouraged to stay there.  This rate is available until July 15, 2024 or when all rooms are booked.  Please see the Hotel & Travel section for details.

No.  Please see the Hotel & Travel section for information on local transportation, airport, and train options.

Several conference meals will be provided.  These include:

  • Friday – breakfast
  • Friday – lunch
  • Saturday – breakfast
  • Saturday – lunch

Yes. Vegan/Vegetarian and gluten free meals are available.  Please make sure to select your food preference on the registration form as this is the only way we’ll know how to accommodate your needs through our catering orders.

You are also welcome to bring your own food or take advantage of food options near the Capital Hilton hotel.

If you have additional concerns about food allergies or dietary restrictions, please contact conference@activeminds.org.


The registration fee covers the cost to attend two days of the 2024 Active Minds Mental Health Conference, conference materials, and four meals.  Please make hotel and travel arrangements separately.

In past years, the event has sold out.  However, if tickets are still available, the on-site registration fee is $250 for all guests.  We cannot guarantee on-site registration and encourage guests to register in advance.

Early Bird Registration:  Early Bird Registration is available until June 28th at 5:00pm ET.  The registration fee will be $110 for students and $200 for general.

Regular Registration:  The regular online registration rate is in effect from June 29th until July 25th at 5pm ET.  The registration fee will be $150 for students and $240 for general.  After July 25th, online registration is closed.

On-site registration: In past years, the event has sold out.  However, if tickets are still available, the on-site registration fee is $250 for all guests.  We cannot guarantee on-site registration and encourage guests to register in advance.

Please head to this form to register!

Yes, as long as you confirm the transfer before Thursday, July 19, 2024.  To do so, contact conference@activeminds.org with the name of the original registrant and the name and contact information for the individual replacing him or her.

We can offer a refund on the registration fee until July 23, 2024 at 5pm ET.  We are not able to offer refunds after this cut-off date because meals and other event expenses will have been confirmed.

A discounted early bird registration fee is available until June 28, 2024 at 5:00 pm ET. 

We also offer a discounted registration fee for students and 20% group registration discount for those registering more than 4 attendees. 

Stipend Funding

Active Minds aims to provide a conference that is accessible to people who are passionate about changing the culture around mental health, despite potential financial barriers.  Stipend funding is available for youth and young adults through an application process to assist the financial barrier that prevents youth and young adults from attending our Mental Health Conference located in Washington, DC.

All youth and young adults who are awarded a stipend will receive free conference registration and the stipends can be applied towards travel expenses and lodging needs only. This includes airfare, train transportation, Uber/Lyft rides, and hotel/Airbnb accommodations. Please note that your stipend may not cover the full cost of your travel and lodging needs.

Active Minds’ policy is to reimburse the awarded stipend via a direct ACH payment.  Individuals seeking reimbursement should incur the lowest reasonable travel expenses and exercise care to ensure the best use of funds.  As a nonprofit organization, we have a responsibility to our stakeholder supporters to navigate our resources equitably and cost-effectively.  With this in mind, please keep all receipts in an organized manner.  Additional information about payment will be provided to those awarded stipends.

Active Minds staff is available to assist you. Please contact conference@activeminds.org with the subject line “(YOUR NAME) Conference Stipend Recipient.” However, if, at any point, recipients received supportive funding from Active Minds before the conference date and failed to be present at the conference, recipients will be financially responsible for reimbursing Active Minds.

Due to the high volume of stipend applications we receive, your stipend is non-transferable to individuals in your chapter.  We carefully review each application to ensure that funds are being distributed equitably.

No.  Stipends are to assist in the travel and lodging expenses related to the Active Minds Mental Health Conference only and are non-transferable.

Yes!  If you are awarded a conference stipend, you will receive free registration for our Conference.

Your Conference Registration Fee, which is waived for Stipend Recipients, covers the cost of four meals provided to you during the conference, breakfast, and lunch on both Friday and Saturday.

Our team has thoroughly researched and calculated the average cost of traveling per region and average hotel night cost to determine a fixed rate for stipend recipients.

Our team has a responsibility to equitably distribute funds to all stipend recipients to ensure that all stipend recipients have the chance and opportunity to attend our Mental Health Conference. With this in mind, we are not able to provide an additional amount to the original amount that was awarded.

Please be sure to send all of your receipts as early as possible so that our team can quickly process your reimbursement.  With this in mind, the average reimbursement timeframe is 3 – 4 weeks after the conference.


If you need help with a payment, please contact conference@activeminds.org

Our online registration system only accepts payment via credit card.  If you need to pay via check or cash, please email conference@activeminds.org for registration assistance. 


Yes. Sponsorship packages can be customized depending on your organization’s needs.  Please contact conference@activeminds.org and we’ll be happy to work with you.

Your company or organization is invited to become a sponsor at the Active Minds 2024 Mental Health Conference. Please see the Sponsorship Packet for opportunities and additional information. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at conference@activeminds.org to discuss partnership and sponsorship opportunities.  We’re happy to work with you!


Dates and times that each keynote speaker will be presenting will be listed on the Conference Agenda page, coming soon!

Information coming soon!

Yes! The Innovation Expo will be held on Saturday, August 3 and will be an opportunity to feature innovative programs and initiatives that relate to the conference theme, “Be the Change.”  Each selected presenter will be provided a table, which the presenter can use to feature tri-fold project display boards, hand-outs and giveaways, signs and banners, table covers, videos, or other materials that help describe the program/initiative.  Please contact conference@activeminds.org with any questions.

The call for proposals is closed for the 2024 Active Minds Active Minds Mental Health Conference and additional information about our presenters will be posted soon.


We welcome whatever you feel most comfortable in — you’ll see attendees repping their Active Minds t-shirts, showing off their own school spirit, and rocking business casual looks.  We ask that you please avoid attire with inappropriate language or images.  Please keep in mind that the hotel ballrooms can be on a colder-side temperature wise.   

Yes, the hotel and conference center are wheelchair accessible. We encourage all persons with disabilities to participate in our programs and activities. If you anticipate needing an accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please email conference@activeminds.org or call 202.332.9595 in advance.

We strive to host inclusive and accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully.  If you are in need of any services to ensure that you are able to engage fully in the conference, please reach out to conference@activeminds.org so that we can work to accommodate your needs.

Yes!  Merchandise from the Active Minds Shop will be available for purchase on-site at the conference.  Come prepared to buy all of your Active Minds swag and save on shipping! We will be accepting cash, credit cards, and checks.

Active Minds is thrilled to recognize outstanding individuals, schools, chapters, and more during our 2024 Mental Health Conference.  Call for nominations is now closed and winners will be notified in May.

If you have other questions not answered here, please email conference@activeminds.org.


COVID-19 information

With the ongoing public health emergencies, Active Minds’ top priority is the health and safety of our Conference attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors.  We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for the conference following any COVID-19 protocols and procedures set forth by the federal government (including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Washington, D.C. government officials, and the Capital Hilton Hotel.

We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies.

COVID-19 notice and waiver

Active Minds will require registrants to understand the in-person conference is taking place during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Registrants will be asked to click “I understand” following reading the waiver information. The waiver language is listed below:

COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization and is extremely contagious. Active Minds will continue to follow applicable protocols to mitigate attendees’ potential exposure to COVID-19; however, Active Minds cannot guarantee that attendees will not become infected with COVID-19. By registering for the Active Minds 2023 Mental Health Conference, I,

  • Acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19;
  • Voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending the Active Minds Conference which exposure or infection may come from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, Active Minds employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families;
  • Acknowledge that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death; and
  • Hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Active Minds, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from any injury to me resulting from being exposed to or infected by COVID-19 in connection with my attendance at the Active Minds Conference (including claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Active Minds, its employees, agents, and representatives).


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