Raise Your Voice for youth mental health in 2016!

Youth creating a new conversation about mental health


1 in 5 youth have or will have a serious mental illness but far too many suffer in silence. The delay between onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years. This lag is largely due to the lack of mental health support and education that is provided for youth and their families. Consequently, half of students with mental illness drop out of school, end up in our juvenile justice system or die by suicide (which is the 3rd leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24). It is time to Raise Our Voice!

NAMI Wisconsin will be part of the solution through its new youth empowerment movement, “Raise Your Voice,” that aims to end the stigma around mental illness by providing young adults the tools necessary to start a new conversation about mental health through peer-led support, education and advocacy initiatives.

"It is our hope that through this initiative, youth and their families will recognize early symptoms and be empowered to seek help," says Julianne Carbin, Executive Director of NAMI Wisconsin. "Youth will receive education and support that will allow them to fulfill their education goals and develop into thriving adults. Investing in youth leadership will enable these future leaders to take control of the conversation and advocate to change the way people in Wisconsin think about youth mental health."


NAMI Wisconsin is launching this initiative thanks to a generous bequest and will be seeking the support of extraordinary women throughout Wisconsin to help sustain these efforts. Check back for details about NAMI Wisconsin's 100 Extraordinary Women event that will take place in May 2016!