Alison Malmon to Present Mental Health Awareness Lecture on September 30

May 24, 2010

The Mount Union College Department of Psychology will hold its annual Mental Health Awareness Lecture on Wednesday, September 30 at 6 p.m. in the Mount Union Theatre.Alison Malmon

The speaker for this event is Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds, Inc., the only national organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness on college campuses.  

Malmon started Active Minds following the suicide of her brother, Brian, who had concealed his symptoms of depression and psychosis for three years while in college. Although many were affected, Malmon recognized that few students were talking about mental health and had a desire to change campus culture. 

During her junior year of college, Malmon created what has become an award-winning student-run mental health awareness group on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus.  Since graduating with honors in psychology and sociology in 2003, Malmon has grown Active Minds into a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. with more than two hundred chapters on college campuses throughout the nation.

Malmon has been profiled in The New York Times, Glamour Magazine, CNN and on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America.’

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Tamara Daily, professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology at (330) 823-2457 or dailyta@mountunion.edu.

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