Active Minds is the nation’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness among college students. Active Minds was founded in 2001 by Alison Malmon, when she was a junior at the University of Pennsylvania. A year earlier, Alison's older brother, Brian who was also a college student, committed suicide. Through this tragedy, she began to notice the people on her campus rarely spoke about mental health issues, even though the majority of college students have to deal with some kind at some time in their college career. This lack of communication led Alison to create an organization, known as Open Minds at the time, in order to begin these important discussions that could possibly prevent future tragedies like that of her brother's. In 2003, Open Minds was renamed Active Minds, Inc, and its National headquarters was established in Washington, D.C. Now, ten years after Alison Malmon began the Active Minds club, the nationwide organization has more than 300 chapters on college campuses and continues to gain momentum and power as members help young adults find ways to better deal with mental health issues.
For more information about Active Minds, please visit the national website, http://www.activeminds.org/