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2008 Active Minds Mental Health on Campus Conference

Join us for Active Minds’ 5th National Mental Health on Campus Conference:  Celebrate the Past.  Create the Future.

November 14 and 15 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

More than two hundred and fifty college student mental health advocates and experts will assemble for the only national conference geared towards college student mental health activists at the fifth Active Minds Mental Health on Campus Conference to be held at University of Pennsylvania on Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15. Hosted by Active Minds at Penn and sponsored by The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation and University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Health Education, this year’s national gathering aims to engage and empower the next generation of mental health advocates while raising awareness about mental health needs on college campuses.

Themed Celebrate the Past, Create the Future, this 5th national conference will pay homage to the founding of Active Minds as a student group at the University of Pennsylvania while participants discuss, envision, and build a better future for college student mental health. “Since almost half of all college students report having felt so depressed they could not function in the past year, Active Minds chapters are critical to ensure the well-being of their universities’ student bodies,” said Alison Malmon, Penn CAS ’03 graduate and founder and executive director of Active Minds, Inc. “Drawing on past experiences and successes, this year’s Active Minds 5th conference will focus on the incredible potential that lies within the next generation of advocates to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses” said Malmon.

Sessions will be held in Perelman Quadrangle including:

  • Send Silence Packing, a display of 1,100 backpacks representing the 1,100 college students who die by suicide each year (Nov 14, 2:30pm, College Green)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues and Student Mental Health, Mark Davis, Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (Nov 14, 3:45p.m.)
  • Behind Happy Faces, Ross Szabo, director of youth outreach, National Mental Health Awareness Campaign and author (Nov 14, 5 p.m.)
  • Life Beyond Survival: The Founding and Flourishing of Active Minds, Alison Malmon, founder and executive director, Active Minds (Nov 14, 7 p.m.)
  • What Makes Life Worth Living: Perspectives From Positive Psychology, Christopher Peterson, Ph.D. professor of Psychology, University of Michigan; and Nansook Park, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology, University of Rhode Island (Nov 15 11:00 a.m.)
  • Connecting with the Counseling Center, Gregory Eels, president, Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (Nov 15 2:15 p.m.)
  • Creating the Future: The Power of the Youth Movement in Mental Health, Lizzie Simon, author, Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D. (Nov 15, 4:00 p.m.)

Specific room locations will be posted at the conference.

Student leaders from Bryn Mawr College, Immaculata University, Johns Hopkins University, Lafayette College, University of Missouri, and others will be presenting as well. For a full conference agenda go to:

 Active Minds is the only national organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness on college campuses. Since its founding in 2003, Active Minds has become the 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 170 student-run Active Minds chapters on college campuses across the United States and Canada. Media are welcome to attend all or a portion of the conference, but must pre-register with Alison Malmon, executive director of Active Minds Inc, at (202) 332-9595 x101 or cell (202) 236-8377.

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