Alison Malmon
Founder and Executive Director

Higher Ed

  • Mental health
  • Suicide

Alison Malmon is the founder and executive director of Active Minds Inc., the leading national organization that uses students as the driving force to change the perception about mental health on college campuses. Malmon formed the organization following her 22-year-old brother’s suicide. Wanting to combat the stigma that had caused her brother to suffer in silence and ultimately take his own life, she created a group on her campus at the University of Pennsylvania that promoted an open, enlightened dialogue around the issues. After graduating in 2003, Malmon formed the 501(c)3 organization in order to develop and support chapters of the student group on campuses around the country. Malmon has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work, including the Destigmatization Award from the National Council of Behavioral Healthcare, Tipper Gore Remember the Children Award from Mental Health America, inaugural Young Leadership Award from the National Mental Health Research Association and more. She has been profiled as a “Person you Should Know” on CNN, and in stories in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed and Glamour Magazine.