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Active Minds Chapters Earn Top Honors at 5th National Mental Health on Campus Conference

Active Minds Chapters Earn Top Honors at 5th National Mental Health on Campus Conference

Nov 14, 2008 (Philadelphia, PA) – In celebration of Active Minds’ fifth anniversary, five Active Minds chapters were recognized tonight for their innovative and effective work in raising awareness and changing the conversation about mental health on college campuses.

Chapter of the Year – Active Minds at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) Johns Hopkins University took home the chapter of the year award for their overall success implementing Active Minds programs. They have established themselves as a dominant presence on their campus, changing the conversation about mental health. The students are unafraid to step beyond campus and engage the surrounding community. “Johns Hopkins was our most innovative and dynamic chapter in the 2007-2008 school year,” said Active Minds Chapters Coordinator Amy Tannenbaum. “The leadership of the group is incredibly committed. They are always responsive to any and all requests from the national office. They are an example for all of our student chapters.”

Revitalization Award – Active Minds at Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) Ithaca College was presented with the revitalization award for bringing energy back to their campus chapter. “It’s one thing to come out of the gate with tremendous energy, but it is unbelievably difficult to jumpstart a group years down the line” Tannenbaum said. “That’s what makes Ithaca’s accomplishment so impressive.”

Active Minds at The College of St. Catherine (St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN) earned the Innovative Programming award for its ability to make little financial support from the college go a long way toward successful programming.  Active Minds at The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) received the Road Runner Award for hitting the ground running and establishing a vibrant chapter at such a large university in a very short amount of time. Active Minds at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) was singled out for their outreach into the community, in an award sponsored by Tonya Ackley in memory of her sister.

“I could not be more proud of our chapters,” said Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds, Inc. “We are going five years strong. We are still growing and still thriving and it’s all because of the tremendous energy and commitment our students bring. These awards are the least we can do to validate the effort they put in day in and day out to truly change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. They deserve all the recognition they receive, these students are heroes. I can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the next year.”

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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.