Active Minds National Conference 2020

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

Frequently Asked Questions



Registration will open on January 1, 2021. Check back here for more details!

Registration will cost $35 students and $65 professionals.

Your registration will include daily digital access to all sessions, keynotes, and online interactive experiences of the 2021 Active Minds National Conference.

A limited number of scholarships will likely be available. More information will be posted here and announced through additional communications channels as we have updates.

Your registration may be transferred to another person. However, we kindly request that registration not be shared among groups as each registration is equal to one attendee.

Refunds will be issued through Friday, February 5, 2021.


We do offer a refund on the registration fee until a certain date. More information on requesting a refund and the deadline will be coming soon.

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

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!



Your company or organization is invited to become a sponsor or exhibitor at the Active Minds National Conference. More information on the sponsorship packet coming soon.

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.



The full conference schedule is coming soon!

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.

Chapter Members

Chapter Members


The Active Minds conference has always been an opportunity for chapters to share their most innovative, creative, and exciting initiatives and that won’t change this year! We’re thrilled to offer the Creative Programming Expo virtually. All chapters are encouraged to submit up to three brief overviews of the programs, initiatives, campaigns, or activities that they would like to showcase by Jan. 15, 2021. 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.

We know this year has posed many unique challenges and we’re proud of the ways that Active Minds Chapters have led the way in prioritizing mental health in their campus communities. We highly encourage all chapters to recognize the extraordinary ways they have adjusted during these times by nominating themselves and their leadership for an Active Minds national award.

The deadline to apply is 5 PM EST / 2 PM PST on Jan.15, 2021. Please direct all questions to Nominations on behalf of others and self-nominations are both welcome.

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.

Adam Carlson Student Leader of the Year Award

This award is given to a student who made significant contributions to the Active Minds mission at their school. The Student Leader of the Year recipient leads by example, sets a standard of excellence, displays leadership, facilitates change in their campus community around mental health, builds coalitions, involves 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.

Advisor of the Year Award

This award is given to an advisor 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.



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, 2020.

Analogous to the support Luke received when he was a student, the recipient chapter will receive:

  • Conference registration for up to five chapter members.
  • $250 towards the chapter’s annual national fundraising goal for Active Minds;
  • A Chapter Launch Kit that includes an Active Minds tablecloth, t-shirts, and table giveaways
  • Invaluable mentorship from Luke

Applications are due by Jan. 15, 2021 and can be completed here. If you’re not sure if your chapter is eligible for this award, email

Miscellaneous Questions


Active Minds traditionally provides continuing education credit for the in-person National Conference and will continue to do so in future years. However, we will not be providing CEUs for the virtual Conference this year.

You can purchase Active Minds merchandise anytime throughout the year! Check out the Active Minds Shop to see our new store items!

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.

This year, for the first time, the Active Minds Conference will be fully virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 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
  • Campus professionals including deans, vice presidents, faculty, and staff in Student Affairs, Student Life, Student Health, Counseling, Psychology, Public Health, and more
  • Government, foundation, and corporate representatives invested in the health and well-being of young adults and communities
  • School administrators including principals, superintendents, guidance counselors, and social workers
  • Mental health leaders including representatives of mental health organizations as well as practitioners


The 2021 conference will be held Tuesday, February 16 through Thursday, February 18, and will run each day from 2:00 – 6:00 PM EST, virtually. Information about sessions and keynotes will be listed on the Conference Page.


Yes! After Conference, registrants will receive an email with a link to the recordings of the main sessions.

Registrants are not required to attend all sessions, but we highly encourage you to attend as many as you can! Please feel free to pick and choose which sessions you wish to attend and make sure to take breaks throughout the Conference!



If you have other questions not answered here, please email

Hotel & Travel



coming soon