What is Active Minds?
Active Minds is a new student initiative that supports emotional wellness by increasing awareness about mental health issues, promoting access to campus helping services, and planning campus events. Active Minds is national organization founded in 2001 by Alison Malmon, then a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, following the suicide of her older brother, Brian, one year earlier. Brian, also a college student, had been experiencing depression and psychosis for three years but had concealed his symptoms from everyone around him. It is a goal of Active Minds to de-stigmatize mental disorders Active Minds is the only student organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.