Alison Malmon will speak in Germanna’s Sealy Auditorium at 7 p.m. on March 23 as part of the “Another Day: A Conversation About Suicide Prevention” event GCC is hosting at the Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania. The college is cohosting the discussion with the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board and Mental Health America of Fredericksburg.
The event is open to the public, free. The campus is located at 1000 Germanna Point Dr., just off U.S. 17 at Cosner’s Corner.
Malmon’s brother, Brian, died by suicide during her first year in college after a protracted and silent struggle with schizoaffective disorder. Left with more questions than answers, Malmon looked for a student organization on her campus that was talking about mental health. Finding none, Malmon started her own. Today, she has been Executive Director of Active Minds, Inc. for over 10 years and continues to inspire audiences with her story and calls to action. While dispelling the myths, fear, and shame that surround people who struggle with their mental health, Malmon mobilizes communities to take action and join the mental health movement. She lives in the D.C. area with her husband and daughter.
She is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania and has been Founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, Inc. in Washington, DC since 2003. Honors include:
USA Network Characters Unite Award
American Express and Ashoka Changemakers Top Global Emerging Innovator
Joseph Wharton Award – The Wharton Club of DC
Washingtonian Magazine’s Washingtonian of the Year
CNN Person You Should Know Award