When I first heard about Active Minds, I felt an instant connection with Alison Malmon, her brother Brian, and their story. Then, I reflected on my personal college experience and thought to myself, “I wish this had been available on my campus!”
This organization seeks to fight the stigma that surrounds mental health and encourages peer discussion of the issues. I applaud their efforts and encourage others to get involved whether it be as a student chapter member, a donor, or a volunteer.
This nonprofit has the mission, focus, and dynamism to change the world.
Active Minds is the nation’s premier nonprofit that focuses on suicide prevention, the destigmatization of mental health issues and the promotion of student advocacy at 450 colleges and high schools throughout the United States. Founded in 2003, the organization has more than 8,500 student volunteers who are creating more comfortable, open, and informed campus environments and palpably changing the conversation about mental health in America. Their peer education and anti-stigma campaigns address the astonishing fact that there are 1,100 suicides a year on college campuses – three every day of the school year – and more than 157,000 youth receive medical care for self inflicted wounds across the U.S. every year. As Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institutes of Mental Health has noted, because of “the innovative work of Active Minds, students know they are not alone in their struggles and that it is important to seek help….” Recognizing the prominent role that Active Minds has played in mental health outreach and suicide prevention, in June, 2013, when the National Conference on Mental Health was held at the White House, Active Minds was asked to provide one of its young adult spokespeople to introduce the conference and President Obama.