Active Minds 2023 Mental Health Conference FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


The Active Minds 2023 Mental Health Conference is the nation’s leading mental health conference for young adults.   

This highly anticipated conference will bring together hundreds of young adults from across the country to share ideas and advance knowledge about mental health education, advocacy, and awareness.

The conference will showcase the most innovative and effective approaches to supporting young adult well-being and changing the conversation about mental health on campuses, in schools, in the transition to the workplace, and within our communities.

  • Young Adult Leaders ages 18-25 and those who are committed to mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
  • Active Minds Chapter Members and Alumni from colleges and universities and high schools. 
  • Student Members of Partner Organizations including fraternity and sorority leaders, student athletes, service-minded students, student body presidents, and more.
  • Leading Experts and Industry Leaders with tangible opportunities available for young adult advocates to learn, grow, and mobilize for mental health.

The target audience for the 2023 Conference is young adults, including students (ages 18-25).  If you are under the age of 18 and interested in attending the conference, please contact Caitlin DeLaurentis at for additional information.

The 2023 conference will be held Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8 at the Capital Hilton Hotel. Information about sessions and keynotes will be listed on the Conference Page.


All conference attendees will have access to the detailed agenda by the time of check in.

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.

Hotel + Travel

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 – lunch
  • Saturday – breakfast
  • Saturday – lunch

Yes. Vegan/Vegetarian and gluten free meals are 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 near the Capital Hilton hotel.

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


Registration for the 2023 Active Minds Conference is now closed.  If you have any questions, please email

Registration for the 2023 Active Minds Conference is now closed.  If you have any questions, please email

The registration fee covers the cost to attend two days of the Active Minds 2023 Mental Health Conference, conference materials, and four meals.  Please make hotel and travel arrangements separately.

A discounted early bird registration rate ended on May 22, 2023 but advance registration is still highly recommended. The conference regularly sells out and if on-site registration is available, it is for a higher rate.

We also offer a discounted registration fee for students.

We aim to provide a conference that is accessible to people who are passionate about changing the culture around mental health, despite potential financial barriers.  Scholarships are available through an application process for those ages 18-25 who are passionate about mental health and cover the full registration price.  Apply for scholarships here.

Yes, as long as you confirm the transfer before Thursday, June 22, 2023.  To do so, contact with the name of the original registrant and the name and contact information for the individual replacing them.

In past years, the event has sold out.  However, if tickets are still available, the on-site registration fee is $225 for all guests.  We cannot guarantee on-site registration and encourage guests to register in advance.


We can offer a refund on the registration fee until Friday, June 23, 2023 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. Please email if you need to request a refund.

If you need help with a payment, please contact

Our online registration system only accepts payment via credit card.  If you need to pay via check or cash, please email for registration assistance. 


Your company or organization is invited to become a sponsor at the Active Minds 2023 Mental Health Conference.  Please see the Sponsorship Packet for opportunities and additional information.  If you have any additional questions, please 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 call for proposals is closed for the Active Minds 2023 Active Minds Mental Health Conference.  Thank you to all who applied.

Yes!  The Innovation Expo will be an opportunity to feature innovative programs and initiatives that relate to the conference theme, “Be the Mental Health Change.”  Each selected presenter will be provided a table, which the presenter can use to feature tri-fold project display boards, hand-outs and giveaways, signs and banners, table covers, videos, or other materials that help describe the program/initiative.

The keynote speakers for this year’s conference are Em Beihold, Dr. Tia Dole, and Dometi Pongo.  Click here to learn more.

Please reference the Conference Agenda to see when the keynote speakers will be presenting.


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.

We strive to host inclusive and accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully.  If you are in need of any services to ensure that you are able to engage fully in the conference, please reach out to so that we can work to accommodate your needs.

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.

Active Minds is thrilled to recognize outstanding individuals, schools, chapters, and more during our 2023 Mental Health Conference. The call for award nominations is now closed. Thank you to all who applied.

If you have other questions not answered here, please email


COVID-19 information 

With the ongoing public health emergencies, Active Minds’ top priority is the health and safety of our Conference attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors.  We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for the conference following any COVID-19 protocols and procedures set forth by the federal government (including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Washington, D.C. government officials, and the Capital Hilton Hotel. 

We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies. 

COVID-19 notice and waiver

Active Minds will require registrants to understand the in-person conference is taking place during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Registrants will be asked to click “I understand” following reading the waiver information. The waiver language is listed below:

COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization and is extremely contagious. Active Minds will continue to follow applicable protocols to mitigate attendees’ potential exposure to COVID-19; however, Active Minds cannot guarantee that attendees will not become infected with COVID-19. By registering for the Active Minds 2023 Mental Health Conference, I,

  • Acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19;
  • Voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending the Active Minds Conference which exposure or infection may come from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, Active Minds employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families; 
  • Acknowledge that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death; and 
  • Hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Active Minds, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from any injury to me resulting from being exposed to or infected by COVID-19 in connection with my attendance at the Active Minds Conference (including claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Active Minds, its employees, agents, and representatives).


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