Active Minds National Conference 2019

Friday & Saturday, March 22 – 23, 2019 | Washington, DC



The conference begins at 8 am on Friday, March 22 and ends at 5 pm on Saturday, March 23.

Below is an overview of the two-day conference – check back in early March to view and download the full conference agenda!

Click here to see the current list of keynote speakers and presenters, representing top organizations such as It’s On Us, Steve Fund, The Trevor Project, The JED Foundation, Crisis Text Line, NASPA, National Campus Leadership Council, and more.

Friday: March 22, 2019

Breakfast and Welcome

8 am
Kick off the conference with a breakfast buffet and a warm welcome from Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds.


Opening Plenary

9:30 am
Together we’ll set the stage with the latest information on mental health trends, implications for practice, and opportunities to build a mental health culture.

Breakout Sessions A: Taking a Collective, Strategic Approach

11 am
Explore the most innovative and effective approaches for changing the conversation about mental health on campuses, in workplaces, and within communities. These expert-led sessions include: Sexual Assault on Campus: A Public Health Epidemic; Changing the Culture in the Workplace for Young Professionals; Campus Faculty’s Role in Fostering a Mental Health Culture; and more!

Lunch and Keynote

12:15 pm
Enjoy lunch, share information, and make connections while hearing from a celebrated champion of mental health.


Breakout Sessions B: Innovating to Address Emerging Issues

2:45 pm

These expert-led sessions include: Upstream Approaches to Suicide Prevention; Technology, Social Media, and Mental Health; AMA With Frank Warren; and more!

Breakout Sessions C: Championing Student Voices

4 pm

These expert-led sessions include: Academically High-Achieving Students and Mental Health; Giving Students Seats at the Table; NCLC’s Student Voice Index; and more!

Saturday: March 23, 2019

Special sessions

7:30 am

These special sessions – called “Student-Led Roundtables: Elevating Student Mental Health Leadership” – are for Active Minds chapter members and advisors. Take advantage of these leadership development and action planning workshops to maximize the impact you’ll bring back to your campus.


Breakfast and opening remarks

8 am

Featured Keynote

9:10 am


Breakout Sessions D: Providing Equal Opportunities for Health

10:45 am

These expert-led sessions include: Mental Health Challenges for LGBTQ+ Youth; Achieving Equity in Mental Health; Peer-Powered and Institutional Approaches at Community Colleges; and more!


12 noon


Programming Expo

1:15 pm
Take away great ideas from this showcase of impactful, effective, and student-centered programming from campuses around the country. Talk to Active Minds leaders and find out how they do it! Discover what positive mental health events and activities you can do on your own campus.

Final Keynote

2:30 pm


Awards and Closing Remarks

3:45 pm

Celebrate the achievements of Active Minds’ outstanding college and high school chapters in working to change their campus cultures surrounding mental health. After the awards presentation and brief closing remarks, the conference ends at 5 pm.

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