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Alison K. Malmon is founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, Inc., the nation's leading organization dedicated to empowering students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help seeking. Alison formed the organization in 2003, following the suicide of her only sibling, twenty-two year old brother Brian Malmon. Wanting to combat the stigma that had caused her brother to suffer in silence and ultimately take his own life, she created a group on her campus at the University of Pennsylvania that promoted an open, enlightened dialogue around the issues. Upon graduating Phi Beta Kappa in Psychology and Sociology, Alison formed the 501(c)3 organization in order to develop and support chapters of the student group on campuses around the country. She has since served as Executive Director of the non-profit organization, engaging thousands of student leaders nationwide through more than 350 campus chapters, and promoting a unified national voice for young adults in the mental health awareness movement.

For her efforts, Alison has been named Washingtonian of the Year (2007) by Washingtonian magazine, Citizen of the Year (2008) by the Potomac, Maryland Rotary Club, and a Woman of Distinction by the American Association of University Women and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. She has also received the Tipper Gore Remember the Children Award from the National Mental Health Association, inaugural Young Leadership Award from the National Mental Health Research Association (NARSAD), and was named the first-ever Montgomery County Public Schools (MD) Distinctive Alumnus in 2007. Alison has been profiled as a "Person you Should Know" on CNN, and in stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, Glamour magazine, ABC's Good Morning America, among others.

In addition to her work at Active Minds, Alison sits on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee, Suicide Prevention Resource Center's Steering Committee, Bringing Theory to Practice Project Planning Committee, and Students of AMF Board of Directors. In her spare time, Alison enjoys teaching the flying trapeze at the Trapeze School in Washington, DC.

Entries by Alison Malmon

Expanding the Conversation About Eating Disorders

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 9:49 AM

I've spent a lot of time talking with college students since founding Active Minds more than 10 years ago. That's a big part of my job -- figuring out what the average student believes and experiences with regard to mental health. Through those conversations, I've noticed a great deal of...

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Suicide Prevention Is a Community Conversation

(2) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 11:46 AM

I remember the day so clearly. It was unseasonably warm for March, and I had just recently returned to my campus after my first college spring break. I spent most of the afternoon outside with my roommates -- our books lying in front of us, but no studying anywhere in...

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Eating Disorders Are Tough, But We're Tougher

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 1:39 PM

Thirty million Americans will struggle with some type of eating disorder during their lifetime, and a large percentage of them will begin to experience these complex mental and physical illnesses during young adulthood.[1] Yet, we rarely talk about them in a serious way. In fact, many of us joke about...

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The Real Conversation About Mental Health

(19) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 11:39 AM

I have been ruminating -- some might say obsessing -- over the tragedies in Connecticut for days now.

I am a mother of a young child who cannot fathom going through anything close to what this community and all of its families are going through.

I am someone...

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National Day Without Stigma

(4) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 1:50 PM

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week, a time when we are encouraged to confront a topic that many of us try to avoid all year. The truth is, we may not all have a mental illness, but we all have mental health. But often, learning more and boldly starting...

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Fighting Bullying: Love Is Louder Than Just About Everything

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 7:11 AM

These past few weeks have not been easy. It's been nearly impossible to turn on the television, visit a news site, or get on Facebook without learning of another young life cut tragically short by suicide. Tyler Clementi. Jacob Miller. Raymond Chase. Seth Walsh. Asher Brown. Billy Lucas. And unfortunately,...

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Send Silence Packing

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 11:50 AM

It's not often that you see a 14' box truck driving down the highway with the words "suicide" or "college mental health" on it. I'd have to say though, it's one of the best things I've ever seen.

Last week, Active Minds officially launched a 10-city US...

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