Mental Health Professionals, Students Gather in Washington, D.C. For Active Minds Annual Conference

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The nation’s premier conference focused on young adults and mental health. This event showcases the most innovative and effective approaches to supporting young adult well-being and changing the conversation about mental health on campuses, in workplaces, and within our communities.

WHAT: Active Minds National Conference 2020 – Bridging Gaps: Changing Culture in the Everyday

WHEN: Washington, D.C., February 21-22, 2020

WHERE: Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Zachary Levi, Award-Winning Actor and Mental Health Advocate
John Draper, PhD, Director, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Michelle Cornette, PhD, Lead Public Health Advisor, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Frank Warren, Founder of PostSecret
Kai Roberts, Recording Artist/Producer; AD, Pre-College Enrollment Mgmt, Carnegie Mellon

As well as representatives from companies, foundations and organizations, including:
American Council on Education
Crisis Text Line
EVERFI
Healthy Minds Network
It’s On Us
MTV/VH1/Logo
Project Wake Up
The Trevor Project

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE:
The nation’s premier conference focused on young adults and mental health. This event showcases the most innovative and effective approaches to supporting young adult well-being and changing the conversation about mental health on campuses, in workplaces, and within our communities.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND DISCUSSIONS WILL INCLUDE:
Mental Health and LGBTQ+ Youth
New studies show that LGBTQ youth are more likely than their peers to experience abuse, bullying, and mental health challenges. Transgender and gender non-conforming youth, in particular, are facing fear and discrimination amid recent national dialogue and legislative issues. Sam Brinton and Keygan Miller from The Trevor Project will share the latest information about their lifesaving and life-affirming services for LGBTQ youth. They will discuss LGBTQ inclusive school-based suicide prevention policies, and how to advocate for and improve services for gender and sexual minorities.

Creating a Healthy Campus: Best Practices and Innovative Strategies from Winners of the 2020 Healthy Campus Award
Active Minds’ Healthy Campus Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate excellence in prioritizing and promoting student health and well-being. Administrators from three of the 2020 award-winning campuses share lessons learned and challenges for creating healthy campuses that take a campus-wide, public health approach; give equal priority and investment to mental health as they do to physical health; and champion student voices.

Empowering Students to Change the Culture of Mental Health on Campus, One Conversation at a Time
Validate-Appreciate-Refer (V-A-R). This simple, revolutionary tool enhances conversations about everyday struggles among young adults, families, partners, and colleagues throughout the United States. Since its release in 2018, V-A-R is one of Active Minds’ most powerful resources to promote mental health yet. Join V-A-R co-creator Megan Larson and an esteemed panel of students to learn how the tool was created and ways we can use the approach to show up for the people around us in meaningful ways.

Contact Amanda Horn, Active Minds Senior Marketing and Press Relations Manager, to receive complimentary press/media registration. More information about Active Minds and our annual training can be found on our website, http://www.activeminds.org.

About Active Minds: Active Minds is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults. Active Minds has a presence on over 800 college, university, and high school campuses nationwide, and is powered by a robust Chapter Network, the nationally acclaimed Send Silence Packing® exhibit, and inspiring Active Minds Speakers. The organization is dedicated to changing the conversation about mental health, and creating supportive communities that will save lives. To learn more, visit http://www.activeminds.org.

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