The Active Minds Speakers Bureau is a group of remarkable young people who have struggled with mental illness and
bravely share their stories on campuses around the country to help end the stigma around mental health.
We have speakers with a multitude of unique experiences and perspectives. You can read their profiles here but keep reading to see the top five reasons you should host a member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau!
- A Fresh Face, A Compelling Story
Bringing one of the members of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau is not only bringing a fresh face to campus to talk about mental health, but it also means that you are bringing someone who is trained to share their compelling story and start a lasting dialogue on your campus.
2. It’s More Than Just a Lecture
Though the members of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau love to share their stories in a traditional, lecture style presentation, they also present in more unique and hands-on ways — including hosting a creative writing workshop, holding a yoga, reiki, or meditation class, and pairing their presentation with musical performances or poetry readings.
3. Collaboration Success
Many chapters have found success collaborating with other campus groups when bringing a speaker to help advertise, fundraise, and get a large audience out for the event.
For example, Active Minds at SUNY Old Westbury raised funds to host speaker Jordan Burnham on campus through new collaborations with SGA, athletics, student health, residential life, Men in Progress, and the Center for Student Leadership and Involvement.
To show their appreciation to fellow collaborators, they invited them to a special dinner before the speaking engagement. The campus raved about Jordan’s presentation and his words brought attention to mental health, particularly among student athletes.
4. Programming Credit!
When hosting a member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau, chapters are eligible for programming credit that will go towards their fundraising requirement. Not only will you and your campus get the benefits of hearing an amazing speaker but your chapter will make a dent in their fundraising efforts in the process!
5. Add Some More #StigmaFighters to Your Roster
Once the speaker finishes, it doesn’t mean the dialogue on mental health is over! Use this opportunity to earn some publicity in the campus paper and increase membership with a sign up list at the event. Many chapters find that having a large scale event like bringing a speaker is a major boost to their chapter’s notoriety and membership. With the new #Stigmafighters, your chapter can do even bigger and better things!
Are you registered for the National Conference yet? At conference you’ll have an opportunity to hear from and meet our speakers, learn how to host an effective speakers bureau event from some chapters, and meet staff from the National Office can answer your questions and help you start the booking process.