Active Minds, Inc., a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to improving students’ mental health, recently announced a new award to recognize and celebrate colleges and universities that are leading the way in their efforts. Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds, was a member of the original Bringing Theory to Practice Advisory Board and founded Active Minds in 2003 to promote conversations and reduce stigma about mental health on college campuses. She encourages BTtoP-supported schools to apply as they are “especially strong contenders” for the award, given their focus on promoting student well-being via civic engagement. “This is a great opportunity to highlight leadership and excellence in campus mental health,” Malmon says.
Since its launch on a single campus, Active Minds is now established on more than 400 campuses, and Malmon recently led the organization to win a 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award from Great Nonprofits. You can learn more about the organization at activeminds.org, on Twitter @Active_Minds, and on Facebook.
About the Award
The Active Minds Healthy Campus Award is sponsored by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation and will champion schools that are taking a campus-wide, public health approach to promoting mental health alongside physical health. It will recognize leadership, innovation, collaboration, and excellence emerging from colleges and universities, hopefully inspiring change across the country. Up to five winning institutions will have their innovative efforts showcased as part of a national media tour in the fall of 2015. More information including instructions for applying and the detailed Call for Applications is available at www.ActiveMinds.org/Award. Applications are due Thursday, March 19, 2015.