Keeping the Josh Anderson Foundation ACTIVE



Dec 11


The Josh Anderson Foundation is excited to announce its partnership with Active Minds, Inc., an organization dedicated to championing the mental health and wellness of students and young adults. Focused on promoting youth mental wellness, the Josh Anderson Foundation supports organizations doing great work for our youth in all areas of mental health.

Active Minds empowers the young adult voice for mental health advocacy, supporting a rapidly growing network of over 300 student-led chapters on colleges and universities across the nation and Canada. Through national initiatives and campus-wide events, Active Minds is removing the stigma that surrounds mental health issues and creating an open environment for mental health conversation among students and young adults.

The Josh Anderson Foundation, in collaboration with Active Minds, is changing the conversation about mental health in Fairfax County. Over the last year, we have focused our energies in three categories:

  • Connecting with community officials and groups on the need for mental health awareness and education in our school systems.
  • Supporting Active Minds national programs, including the National Mental Health on Campus Conference and Send Silence Packing.
  • Sharing Josh’s story and encouraging others to share their stories, in order to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide.

At the Josh Anderson Foundation, we understand first-hand that mental health and mental health issues impact us all—whether directly or indirectly as a family member or friend. Speaking out about these personal experiences saves lives by helping those struggling to know they are not alone. The Josh Anderson Foundation is energized for 2012 and furthering our partnership with Active Minds.

One Response to “Keeping the Josh Anderson Foundation ACTIVE”

  1. Kevin Flores

    I just wanted to express my sincere prayers to you and your family. I read about this years ago when it happened but did not realize that this website was up. I was a student at South Lakes in the late 90′s and this issue hits close to home. I too battled with depression and suicidal behavior during my time as a student there and it was perhaps some of the worst years of my life. I came from a broken home and the only people I had at the time that listened was my school guidance counselor and therapist. I was a cutter as well and no matter how much I did it, my problems never went away. I hope to one day, be able to speak with high school kids about depression and suicidal behavior because I feel that a gap has been created between adults and teens. This in light of the fact that times have changed dramatically even since my days at South Lakes. I am glad that I stumbled upon this because it is so personal to me. Your son, like many young adults in this country was a bright mind gone way too soon but know (as I am sure you do) that his passing will help create change for many others for many many years to come. I am not sure if you send updates on events but I would like to begin being more involved with this foundation. Who know’s….maybe one day I can help out directly for such a great cause. Thank you for your time and dedication and thank you for what you are doing in hopes to help others.

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