Alison Malmon is the Founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization mobilizing youth and young adults to change the culture around mental health at more than 1,000 schools, colleges, and communities across the US. Alison formed the organization in 2003 as a 21-year-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 for youth and young adults in mental health, with award-winning programs including its renowned Chapter Network, Mental Health Advocacy Academy, Send Silence Packing suicide prevention exhibit, Speakers Bureau, and more.
Alison lives outside of Denver, Colorado, and is a wife and mother of three young girls. In her spare time, she loves flying 23 feet in the air at the TSNY Trapeze School.