Stress Relief for a Cause 
Goes to the Next Level!

Posted by: on March 5, 2015

We are pleased to announce a collaborative partnership for this Spring with Active Minds ( 


Active Minds was founded by Alison Malmon when she was a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, following the suicide of her older brother, Brian. Brian, also a college student, had been experiencing depression and psychosis for three years but had concealed his symptoms from everyone around him. A year and a half later on March 24, 2000, as Alison was wrapping up her freshman year at Penn, Brian ended his life.

Recognizing that few Penn students were talking about mental health issues though many were affected, Alison was motivated to change that culture on her campus. She wanted to combat the stigma of mental illness, encourage students who needed help to seek it early, and prevent future tragedies like the one that took her brother’s life, and thus started a program called Open Minds.

Constant growth to other campuses ensued, and the National headquarters was established in Washington, DC during the summer of 2003. The new non-profit organization, and all of the affiliated campus chapters, was then renamed Active Minds, Inc., to reflect the progressive nature of this form of student advocacy in the mental health movement.

Active Minds has become the voice of young adult mental health advocacy nationwide. With more than 400 campus chapters, hundreds of thousands of young adults all across the country are benefiting from the Active Minds model. 

This semester during Active Minds’s  Stress Less Week, when schools book licensed massage therapists to provide stress-relieving chair massages for their students through Tender Touch For All, half of the net proceeds from these fundraising events will be devoted to our program of providing on-site massage therapy for seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, and the remaining fifty percent will be applied to that school’s Active Minds’ Chapter!

Check out what Brendan Caputo, Director of Student Leadership and Activities at Hofstra University, had to say about Tender Touch For All:

“Each semester, we offer our students free massages to provide stress relief during finals week.  Because of their professionalism and quality of work, we always look to Tender Touch For All for the massage therapists we bring into our school.  Not only are their massage therapists exceptionally talented, but they go above and beyond for our students, doing so in a warm welcoming manner.  We highly recommend Tender Touch For All!”

We are looking forward to a great partnership with Active Minds for this semester and for many years to come!