Active Minds National Conference 2019

Washington, DC | March 22- 23, 2019



2019 Conference Program


Active Minds National Conference 2019: Building a Mental Health Culture

The nation’s premier conference focused on students and mental health

The 2019 Active Minds National Conference was an unforgettable and inspiring weekend full of learning and networking with folks from around the country. We’re so grateful to all of the (500+!) campus and school professionals; government, foundation, and corporate representatives; and student and mental health leaders from across the country who came together to share ideas and advance knowledge about mental health education, advocacy, and awareness. These learnings and connections help propel all of us forward as we continue working toward building a mental health culture, together.

Our 2019 Featured Presenter

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a pop star, or have millions of followers, we can’t do this work alone. That’s why we’re proud to partner with organizations like Active Minds.”

Cynthia Bissett Germanotta is President of Born This Way Foundation, which she co-founded with her daughter Lady Gaga in 2012, with the goal of supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to build a kinder, braver world.

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“There’s a ripple effect when you help someone else. You help the people around them.”

Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? and a star of the MTV show The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured in major media including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC News, and more.

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“Change is possible. Change is bipartisan. Change is deliberate.”

Leslie Crutchfield is an author, the Executive Director of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and a Senior Advisor at FSG. Leslie co-authored Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World with FSG managing directors John Kania and Mark Kramer, recognized as a “game changer for philanthropy in the 21st century,” and she collaborates with FSG on developing new knowledge designed to advance social sector thinking and practice.

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John J. DeGioia is the 48th President of Georgetown University. Dr. DeGioia is deeply engaged in addressing broader issues in education.  He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education; he also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the National Association of Independent Schools.

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thank you to our conference sponsors

conference partners

American College Health Association * Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors * The Jed Foundation * NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education * National Society of Collegiate Scholars



about the conference

The Active Minds National Conference is the nation’s premier conference focused on students and mental health. This two-day conference looks closely at how we can all work together towards “Building a Mental Health Culture” and addressing mental health as one of the most important issues of our time.

Annual showcase

Presented since 2004, this highly anticipated event brings together hundreds of campus and school professionals; government, foundation, and corporate representatives; and student and mental health leaders 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 student 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. Check out the complete list of our 2019 presenters! Among the organizations represented are:

It’s On Us * Steve Fund * The Trevor Project * The JED Foundation * Crisis Text Line * NASPA * National Campus Leadership Council * and many more!

Continuing education contact hours

Sponsored by Active Minds, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 9.5 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
  • Student leaders such as Active Minds chapter members, 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