Mental Illness Awareness Week

Join us for our fifth annual Mental Illness Awareness Week Celebration. 

Schedule of events

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Fundraising lunch with Alison Malmon

Palais Royal, South Bend

Noon to 1:30 pm

Alison 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, Alison looked for a student organization on her campus that was talking about mental health. Finding none, Alison started her own.

Today, Alison 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, Alison mobilizes communities to take action and join the mental health movement. Alison lives in Colorado with her husband and three children. Alison is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has been Founder and Executive Director of ActiveMinds, Inc. in Washington, DC since 2003. Her many accolades include: USANetwork “Characters Unite Award,” AmericanExpress and Ashoka Changemakers “Top Global Emerging Innovator,” Joseph Wharton Award – The Wharton Club of DC, Washingtonian Magazine’s “Washingtonian of the Year” and “CNN Person You Should Know” Award.

*Your sponsorship will also help bring Alison’s presentation to local schools

To learn about being a sponsor for this event, click here. Or, contact Matthew Lentsch at 574-533-1234, ext. 4645

To purchase tickets for the luncheon, click here. Tickets are $50 per seat or $400 for a table of 8. 


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Send Silence Packing 

University of Notre Dame campus (tentative)

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Send Silence Packing displays over 1,000 donated backpacks, representing the number of college students lost to suicide each year. The program is designed to raise awareness about the incidence and impact of suicide, connect students to needed mental health resources, and inspire action for suicide prevention. Oaklawn is partnering with the Active Minds Student Chapter at the University of Notre Dame to have this display of backpacks available outdoors and on campus for students and community members to inspire us to break the silence, ask the tough questions and raise awareness of mental health and suicide in our own

Community members are invited to come and view the display anytime throughout the day and join us at 4 p.m. for a brief presentation from Alison and a walk to the Grotto.


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