In honor of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI Wisconsin supporters swarmed the streets of the Capitol Square with a flash mob, Diversity in Motion! NAMI Wisconsin teamed up with Heidi Hakseth of the Office of Multicultural Affairs for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health to host the Diversity in Motion flash mob to raise awareness about severe mental illness in diverse communities.
On Saturday, July 19, mental health advocates from all corners of the Madison community rocked out in lime green t-shirts to the song "Roar" by Katy Perry on the Capitol Square. Over 50 dancers roamed the streets during the weekly Farmer's Market and the summer sidewalk sale, Maxwell Street Days and flooded the streets with green, the color symbolizing mental health, and had a ball dancing for the hundreds of passersby.
"The dance certainly did it's job!" said Julianne Carbin, Executive Director of NAMI Wisconsin. "We wanted to get the message out there, that mental illness affects 1 in 4 Americans and diverse communities are no exception. The flash mob was a step in the right direction to reach out to those communities that aren't getting the help they need and let them know they are not alone."
A huge thank you goes out to Heidi and Lyn who choreographed the dance and taught it at their dance classes, all the volunteers who helped with sound, t-shirts, videography and photography, and all the dancers who helped to make Diversity in Motion such a success!
See here for a full video of the Diversity in Motion Flash Mob dance!
Below: A flash mob participant tells NAMI Wisconsin why she decided to dance for mental health.