Active Minds National Conference 2019

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

Frequently Asked Questions



Due to popular demand, registration is now closed! We hope you’ll join us next year!

Yes, as long as you confirm the transfer before Friday, March 8, 2019. To do so, contact with the name of the original registrant and the name and contact information for the individual replacing him or her.

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We can offer a refund on the registration fee until the early bird deadline of February 1, 2019. We are not able to offer refunds after this cut-off date because meals and other event expenses will have been confirmed.

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Hotel, Travel, and Food

Hotel, Travel, and Food

All conference attendees are encouraged to stay at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center. Please see the Hotel & Travel page for details.

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

Several conference meals will be provided. These include:

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

The Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center also offers several dining options such as The Faculty Club Restaurant, Starbucks, Royal Jacket, and Hoya Court. Many dining options are also available on campus and nearby in the heart of Georgetown. See the conference center’s dining page for more information.

Yes. Vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan meals are also 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 on Georgetown University’s campus.

If you have additional concerns about food allergies or dietary restrictions, please contact

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Speakers and Presenters

Speakers and Presenters

Check the main National Conference page for an updated list of keynote speakers as they are confirmed.

Dates and times that each keynote speaker will be presenting will be listed on the Conference Agenda page.

See the Keynote Speakers and Presenters page for a current list of 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.

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Your company or organization is invited to become a sponsor or exhibitor at the Active Minds National Conference. To download the sponsorship packet, please click here.

Contact us at to discuss partnership and sponsorship opportunities. We’re happy to work with you!

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

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Yes, all conference attendees will receive a printed agenda upon check-in at the Registration Desk.

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.

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Chapter Members

Chapter Members

Yes. Active Minds chapter members and advisors receive discounts on the early bird registration rate, the regular registration rate, and the on-site rate. Please see the How much does registration cost? FAQ for information about deadlines and fees.

Active Minds chapter members and advisors may also register as a volunteer to qualify for a significant registration discount in exchange for helping at the conference. There are limited volunteer spots available. See the FAQ called What is the volunteer program? for details.

Yes! The Creative Programming Expo will take place on Saturday afternoon (March 23) at the Active Minds National Conference.

This is an opportunity for Active Minds chapters to have a table in our expo area to share a creative program, successful leadership transition strategy, collaborative partnership, innovative fundraiser, and more.

Chapters may submit up to two applications for initiatives they would like to share. Please complete the application by January 15 to be eligible. Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis of the status of their application, and will be given more details about the process upon acceptance.

Active Minds is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the following awards in recognition of the work of our chapter leaders. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 15. Winners must be available to attend the Active Minds National Conference on March 22-23, 2019, in Washington, DC. Please direct all questions to

Stephanie Becker Fund Chapter of the Year Award
This award recognizes an Active Minds chapter that sets itself apart as an invaluable asset to its campus. The Chapter of the Year has an effective executive board and passionate chapter members, hosts innovative programs that reach a large portion of the school population, and makes significant strides in changing its campus culture surrounding mental health. Apply here by January 15.

Adam Carlson Student Leader of the Year Award
This award is given to students who made significant contributions to the Active Minds mission at their school. The Student Leader of the Year recipients lead by example, set a standard of excellence, display leadership, facilitate change on campus around mental health, build coalitions, involve others in advocacy efforts, and develop trust with members of their campus community as individuals dedicated to changing the conversation about mental health. Apply here by January 15.

Advisor of the Year Award
This award is given to advisors of Active Minds chapters who provide clarity, support, and meaningful counsel to their chapter. Advisor of the Year recipients demonstrate dedication to their chapter that goes well-beyond the basics of empowering their Active Minds chapter members to successfully use their voice to change the conversation about mental health on their campus. Apply here by January 15.

The Luke Beischel Chapter Jumpstart Scholarship will be awarded to a chapter newly registered with the national office on or after May 1, 2018.

This scholarship, generously sponsored by Xavier University chapter alumnus Luke Beischel, is analogous to the support Luke received when he was a student. The recipient chapter will receive:

  • up to $750 for one new chapter leader to attend Active Minds’ National Conference;
  • a $250 credit towards the chapter’s annual national fundraising goal for Active Minds to cover that responsibility and benefit the national movement on behalf of the chapter; and
  • additional, invaluable mentorship from Luke.

Apply for the scholarship here by January 9.

Direct questions to 

Note: The application requires you to list estimated expenses (conference registration, lodging, transportation, etc.) for sending one student to attend the Active Minds National Conference 2019. Please have that information ready as you complete the application.

We [heart] volunteers! The Active Minds National Conference has 50 volunteer spots available.

Volunteers get to register to attend the conference at the discounted fee of $35.

This opportunity is available to Active Minds chapter students and advisors, and is on a first come, first served basis. Volunteers commit to a minimum of one three-hour shift, receive conference meals, and have access to all conference sessions. No travel or other expenses are included.

Click here to register as a volunteer.

Once you’ve registered, an Active Minds staff member will email you a volunteer agreement form. On the form you’ll indicate your preferred volunteer shift time(s). You’ll need to send back the volunteer agreement form within 48 hours to hold your volunteer spot.

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Miscellaneous Questions


Yes! CHES continuing education contact hours are available. Please see the main conference page for more information.

Although the standard attire is business casual (slacks, skirts, dress shirts, dresses, etc.), Active Minds welcomes any school spirit or chapter spirit you would like to display! As long as you are comfortable, we are happy. Please avoid attire with inappropriate language or images.

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 or call 202.332.9595 in advance.

You bet! 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.

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About the Conference


The Active Minds National Conference is the nation’s premier conference focused on students and mental health. This two-day conference discusses how we can all work together towards “Building a Mental Health Culture.”

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. Highlights include inspiring keynote presentations and breakout sessions that address mental health as one of the most important issues of our time.

  • 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 workers
  • 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

The 2019 conference will be held Friday, March 22 through Saturday, March 23 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center. The conference will kick off at 8 am on Friday morning and end on Saturday afternoon. Information about sessions and keynotes will be listed on the Conference Agenda page.

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