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Founder and Executive Director of Active Minds
Alison Malmon is the Founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, the nation’s premier nonprofit organization changing the conversation about mental health. Alison formed the organization in 2003 when she was 21 years-old, following the suicide of her brother and only sibling, Brian. Wanting to end the silence that caused her brother to suffer alone and ultimately take his own life, Alison created a group on her campus at the University of Pennsylvania to promote open dialogue around mental health. Since then, Active Minds has grown into the country’s foremost mental health organization mobilizing young adults to change the mental health culture, with award-winning programs and a vibrant network of chapters located at more than 500 colleges, universities, high schools, and communities nationwide.
In addition to her work at Active Minds, Alison serves on leadership subcommittees for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Text Line. Alison lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and three young girls.