Guest: Lindsay Wallace, Executive Director, NAMI Dane County
One in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition. Fifty percent begin by age 14 and 75 percent develop by age 24. Yet fewer than one-third of adults and one-half of children with a mental health condition receive services and treatment in a given year. The result of this failure is often tragic: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in ages 15-24.
Early engagement and support are crucial to turning around these devastating statistics. That’s why NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) exists: to respond to those in need; to provide no-cost education programs; to build awareness and replace ignorance with understanding; to advocate at the national, state and local levels to improve the lives of persons affected by mental illness.
On this program, Lindsay Wallace shares her personal mental illness journey and describes the warning signs, the challenges, and what people can do to confront mental illness. She also gives details on NAMIWalks 2017, scheduled for Sunday, October 1, at Olin-Turville Park. Registration is 10:30 am. Walk is at noon.
For more information and to sign up to WALK, go to namiwalks.org/danecounty.