News from Active Minds

2006 Mental Health on Campus Conference

Only National Conference for Young Adult Mental Health Advocates to Convene at American University

Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison to Keynote Active Minds’ 3rd Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 20, 2006)—More than one hundred college student mental health advocates, experts and authors will assemble for the only national conference geared towards young adult mental health activists at the fourth annual Active Minds Mental Health on Campus Conference to be held at American University on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. 

Hosted by Active Minds at AU and supported by Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Center, this year’s national gathering aims to engage and educate a new generation of mental health advocates while raising mental health awareness as students transition from adolescence to adulthood.  Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, an internationally-recognized expert on mood disorders and author of the New York Times best-seller, An Unquiet Mind, will be the featured speaker at 8 p.m. in Kay Spiritual Life Center on Friday, October 27, 2006.

“Since suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students, the Active Minds chapters are ensuring the well-being of their universities’ student bodies,” said Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds, Inc. “This assembly of students represents a new generation of mental health advocates dedicated to eradicating the stigma of mental illness.”

Additional sessions will be held in the Butler Pavilion’s Butler Boardroom including guest speakers:

  • Jerilyn Ross, M.A., L.I.C.S.W., president and CEO, Anxiety Disorders Association of America (Oct 27, 3:45 p.m.)
  • Ross Szabo, director of youth outreach, National Mental Health Awareness Campaign (Oct 27, 5 p.m.)
  • Karen Bower, senior staff attorney, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (Oct 28, 3 p.m.)
  • Lizzie Simon, author of Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D. (Oct 28, 4:15 p.m.)
  • Representatives from the National Mental Health Association, Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN-USA), and Jed Foundation
  • Student leaders from Colorado State University, Niagara University, Regis University, and the University of Pennsylvania will be presenting as well.

For a full conference agenda go to:

Active Minds is the nation’s only grassroots organization dedicated to raising mental health awareness among young adults as they transition from adolescence to adulthood—when students may find themselves without a familiar support system. Since its founding in 2003, Active Minds has become the definitive young adult voice in mental health advocacy and the organizational catalyst for student-based mental health awareness on college and university campuses. There are more than 50 student-run Active Minds chapters on college campuses across the United States and Canada.

Located in Washington, D.C., American University ( is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the U.S. and nearly 150 countries and providing opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world. American University is located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 20016. For map and directions visit:

Media are welcome to attend all or a portion of the conference, but must pre-register with Maralee Csellar, acting director of AU’s Media Relations Office, at (202) 885-5952, or Alison Malmon, executive director of Active Minds Inc, at (202) 719-1177.

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