Active Minds National Conference 2020

Friday & Saturday, February 21 – 22, 2020 | Washington, DC


Frequently Asked Questions



Conference registrations is available here.

Registration is now open! Click here to register online.

Early Bird registration

Register early to quality for the discounted early bird rate of $160, available until December 13 at 11:30 pm ET.
(The early bird fee for Active Minds chapter members and advisors is $110).

Regular online registration

The regular online registration rate is in effect from December 13 through February 17 at 11:30 pm ET. The registration fee is $180.
(The fee for Active Minds chapter members and advisors is $130).

After February 17, online registration is closed.

On-site registration

You can also register on-site at the conference on February 21 and 22 for $220.
(The on-site fee for Active Minds chapter members and advisors is $190).

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

A discounted early bird registration fee is available until December 13, 2019 at 11:30 pm ET.

We also offer a discounted registration fee for Active Minds chapter members and advisors.

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! Please see information about the Luke Beischel Chapter Jumpstart Scholarship.

We hope everyone with an interest in student mental health will attend the Active Minds National Conference. If the associated costs are entirely prohibitive, please email to discuss.

Yes, as long as you confirm the transfer before Friday, February 7, 2020. To do so, contact with the name of the original registrant and the name and contact information for the individual replacing him or her.

Yes, you can register on-site at the conference on February 21 – 22 if the conference has not sold out. We will keep the website updated.

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We can offer a refund on the registration fee until 2/7/20 at 11:59pm EST. 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 Capital Hilton Hotel. 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

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 near the Capital Hilton hotel.

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

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Speakers and Presenters

Speakers and Presenters

Information coming soon!

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

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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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The full conference schedule is coming soon!

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.


The Programming Expo will be an opportunity for Active Minds chapters to have a table to share a creative program, successful leadership transition strategy, collaborative partnership, innovative fundraiser, and more!

This is a unique opportunity to engage the entire audience of the conference attendees in an interactive, engaging way. Chapters may submit up to two applications for initiatives they would like to share. Please complete the application by December 15 to be eligible to exhibit during the Expo. 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 December 2. Winners must be available to attend the Active Minds National Conference on February 21-22, 2020, in Washington, DC. Please direct all questions to

Sanvello 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 December 2.

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 December 2..

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. The recipient of the Advisor of the Year Award demonstrates 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 December 2.


This scholarship, generously sponsored by Xavier University chapter alumnus Luke Beischel, will be awarded to a developing chapter that registered with the National Office on or after April 1, 2019.

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;
  • additional, invaluable mentorship from Luke.

Apply by December 2, 2019

We [heart] volunteers! The Active Minds National Conference has 40 volunteer spots available.

Volunteers get to register to attend the conference at the discounted fee of $60.

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! The 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.

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 young adults and mental health.

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
  • Young adult leaders ages 16-24+ including Active Minds chapter members and alumni, fraternity and sorority leaders, student body presidents, 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 2020 conference will be held Friday, February 21 through Saturday, February 22 at the Capital Hilton Hotel. Information about sessions and keynotes will be listed on the Conference Page.

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If you have other questions not answered here, please email

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