Montclair State Hosts National Mental Health on Campus Conference

Active Minds' National Mental Health on Campus Conference November 5-7, 2010

Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse are common issues on college campuses and suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.

Montclair State University will host the 7th annual Mental Health on Campus Conference from November 5-7, 2010. The event is expected to attract more than 500 college students, staff, and experts from around the U.S. who will participate in workshops, discussions, and other activities on behalf of a better future for college student mental health.

Sponsoring the conference is Active Minds, a national organization that works to promote and raise awareness about mental health issues often encountered by college students. The group has more than 290 chapters on college and university campuses throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Conference highlights include:

Friday, November 5
—A “Send Silence Packing” exhibit of 1,100 donated backpacks and personal stories representing the 1,100 college students who commit suicide each year will be on display at the Student Center Quad from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 6
—Bestselling author Frank Warren and founder of PostSecret will deliver the keynote address at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium.

—John Nash, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and subject of the Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind, will be presented with the Founder’s Award for Advocacy and Awareness at 3 p.m. at the Conference Center, 7th floor.

Sunday, November 7
—Actress Brittany Snow, who founded the Love is Louder Campaign in response to the multiple teenage suicides this fall, will deliver the closing keynote address at 11:15 a.m. at the Conference Center, 7th floor.

The conference is free for Montclair State students and staff. Registration is required. For registration and further information, please visit the Conference Web site. More information is also available by contacting Alison Malmon at alison@activeminds.org or 202-236-8377.

Be sure not to miss this important and timely event!