Active Minds


Active Minds is a nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults. They are dedicated to saving lives and building stronger families and communities through education, research, and advocacy. Active Minds works towards creating lasting change in how mental health is talked about, cared for, and valued in the United States.

About Active Minds

Through award-winning programs and services on college campuses, Active Minds inspires and empowers a new generation to change the conversation around mental health. The organization affirms that only college students can bring suicide and mental health into the open so no one struggles alone. A nationwide network of more than 600 campuses directly reaches through campus awareness campaigns, events, advocacy, outreach, and more. The consistent message that mental health needs to be talked about as easily as physical health is amplified by its 15,000 members. Learn more about how Active Minds is changing the conversation at

39% of students

in college experience a significant mental health issue

Active Minds is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults

One of every five students lives with a mental health condition, but stigma and shame prevent students from reaching out. The only way things will get better is if young people start talking about it. Active Minds members combat the stigma of mental illness, encourage students who need help to seek it early, and prevent future tragedies like the one that took the founder’s brother’s life. The group’s number one goal is to spread the word that seeking help is a sign of strength and not something to be ashamed of. 

We believe no one should have to struggle alone. By empowering young adults to speak openly about mental health, we can reduce stigma, encourage help-seeking, and prevent suicides.

Why It’s Important?

Even before the pandemic, research showed a rise in mental health issues among students over the past decade. And among students of color, this increase was even more pronounced. Experts and researchers predict that mental health challenges will continue to rise this year, and will almost certainly be exacerbated for students of color who are disproportionately harmed by the pandemic, police violence, and racial discrimination. What’s more, these students are less likely to receive mental health support than white students.

Benefits of Joining

Join us in creating a world where no one’s afraid to talk about mental health.

  • Join a group of passionate student advocates who want to build a healthy mental health culture at SPC
  • Gain experience in social justice, mental health issues, suicide prevention, education and leadership
  • Offer peer-to-peer support via programming and events
  • Strengthen and multiply the voices of those who experience mental illness
  • Learn why advocacy is important, how to choose an issue, who to gather support from, and much more.