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 Active Minds at Slippery Rock University 



Mission Statement 

Active Minds is a nationally recognized, non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues and reducing stigma associated with mental illness.  Active Minds was started in 2001 by Allison Malmon, a student at Penn whose older brother completed suicide.   Active Minds at SRU is the 224th chapter and is open to all students interested in promoting open, enlightened discussion of mental health and creating a better life for those who experience mental illness.


1.     Increase awareness about issues of mental health, symptoms of mental illness, and available resources in and around SRU.

2.     Expose the campus community to individuals living with mental health challenges in an effort to increase acceptance and understanding.

3.     Plan campus-friendly, fun events that promote positive mental health.

Active Minds Officers 2014-2015

President: Erica Brendel                                        

Vice President: Morgan Arentz                                               

Secretary: Olivia Null                                      

Treasurer: Ashley Robson

Marketing Chair:  Brendan Batchelor

Communications Chair:  Brittany Venetti 

Fundraising Chair:  Wayne Miller-Douglass                                               

Advisor: Dr. Melissa Nard

National Active Minds


 Suicide Awareness Display 2014


  National Mental Health on Campus Conference

Georgetown University

November 15th - 17th

Presenters:  Brittany Venetti, Ashley Robson, Stephanie Topper, Elise Augustine, Morgan Arentz, Erica Brendel, Brendan Batchelor


Active Minds Advisor of the Year award


Active Minds Speaker: 

Stacy Pershall "Loud in the House of Myself"

November 4, 2013


Cash Cart

May 8, 2013


Suicide Awareness Display

May 1, 2013

National Mental Health on Campus Conference

University of Central Florida

November 9-11, 2012

Presenters:  Morgan Arentz, Erica Brendel, Abby Sawl

Suicide Awareness Display

April 25, 2012


National Mental Health on Campus Conference

University of Maryland

November 18-20, 2011


Presenters:  Grant Batchelor, Timi Martin, Katie Hunter, Abbey Sawl



March 28-29, 2011



Presentation by Jordan Burnham

March 23, 2011



National Mental Health on Campus Conference

Montclair State University, New Jersey

November 4-7, 2010

Presenters:  Sam Gurley, Alesia Zambino, Whitney Wideman, and Katelyn Weaver