WI NAMI, the state affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is coming full circle by honoring the memory of NAMI’s founders with an effort to promote the mental health of young people. Nearly 40 years ago, a small group of women in Madison met to discuss how to help their children with serious mental illness. They went on to found NAMI, which today is the country’s leading advocacy and support organization for those concerned with mental illness.
With its 100 Extraordinary Women Celebration, WI NAMI is launching a new youth mental health movement. The aim is to change the way young people talk about and access mental health supports. Funds will be used to cultivate youth leaders who can encourage open dialogue among their peers about mental health problems and to provide resources for the adults in their lives. More information, including how to donate, is here.
The kickoff dinner will take place on June 17 at the Fluno Center in Madison.