Chances are someone you know – whether it be a friend, a family member, or a coworker – has dealt with mental illness. In fact, one in four people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their life. But even though these issues are so prevalent, there still exists a stigma against seeking treatment for them.

Active Minds is a national organization that works to remove that stigma. Founded in 2001 at the University of Pennsylvania, Active Minds has a presence on college campuses across the country as well as in the nation’s capital. Through different programs, activities and speakers, Active Minds aims to educate students about mental illness.

Gannon founded its chapter of Active Minds after Alison Malmon, the organization’s founder, spoke on campus a number of years ago. The group is advised by Dr. Jodi Giacomelli and Dr. Steve Large, the directors of the counseling center on campus. Gannon’s chapter holds unique events as well as some of the same programming that Active Minds does nationally.

If you’re interested in learning more about Active Minds, you can visit their national website or contact Dr. Steve Large.