(Posted April 7, 2008)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Alison Malmon, a national activist for mental health awareness and founder of Active Minds Inc., will give a talk at Juniata College at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 in Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Academic Center on the Juniata campus.

The talk is free and open to the public. The lecture will include a question-and-answer period at the end of the talk. The lecture is sponsored by the Juniata Active Minds student club.

Active Minds is a national organization dedicated to promoting mental health issues on college campuses. Malmon founded the group as a campus organization on the University of Pennsylvania campus after the suicide of her brother, Brian Malmon, who attended Columbia College. Brian Malmon suffered from schizophrenia.

Active Minds develops and supports student-run chapters on college and university campuses. Chapters work to promote dialogue and events around issues of mental health, while educating campus communities about available resources on and off campus. To date, there are 128 Active Minds chapters across the United States.

Malmon founded the organization in 2001. Active Minds has been featured in such media as the Chronicle of Higher Education and CNN.

Malmon earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. In 2007, she was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. The same year, she was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the American Association of University Women.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.