Raise Your Voice

A new youth movement launched by NAMI Wisconsin that empowers teens to create a new conversation about mental health through education, leadership development and civic advocacy.

 


State of Teen Mental Health in Wisconsin

 

1 IN 5 YOUTH AGES 14–24 ARE
LIVING WITH A SERIOUS
MENTAL ILLNESS

THE AVERAGE DELAY BETWEEN
ONSET OF SYMPTOMS AND INTERVENTION
IS 8–10 YEARS

ABOUT 50% OF STUDENTS OVER
14 WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
DROP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL

 



The high school years and the transition from high school to college are critical periods in the lives of young people.

State and federal priorities have identified a significant need to expand services and interventions for transition-age youth (ages 14 to 24) and provide early intervention. But, a gap remains — giving a voice to the young people themselves. There is no statewide initiative to cultivate youth leaders in the area of mental health in Wisconsin. California is the only state that has developed a youth mental health leadership curriculum. NAMI Wisconsin has use the experience from California to develop Raise Your Voice (RYV), a program that is designed specifically for Wisconsin young people.

A Solution…

A Club Dedicated to Increasing Mental Illness Awareness, Inspiring Advocacy and Promoting Acceptance

WELCOMING STUDENTS WHO
-Live with a mental health condition
-Are a family member or a friend of someone with a mental health condition
-Have an interest in mental health awareness and advocacy

RAISE YOUR VOICE CLUB
-Empowers young people to speak up and create an open dialogue about mental health
-Creates a community that works to reduce stigma on campus
-Promotes acceptance for students living with or who know someone who is living with a mental health condition
-Cultivates youth leaders around civic advocacy at the local, state and national levels
-Develops youth leadership

RYV CLUB IS NOT
-A support or therapy group
-A place to get diagnosed
-About identifying or labeling others who may or may not have a mental illness


Benefits

STUDENT BENEFITS

-Develops leadership skills and become mental health advocates
-Expands awareness of mental health and wellness
-Impacts peers

SCHOOL & COMMUNITY BENEFITS
-Establishes a school as a place that values mental wellness for all
-Reduces stigma and discrimination against mental illness
-Offers an ongoing forum (club) that focuses on raising mental health awareness


Impact

Investing in youth leadership enables future leaders to take control of the conversation and advocate to change the way people in Wisconsin think about youth mental health.

 

 

 


For More Information

For more information about Raise Your Voice and resources to start your own club, email marykay@namiwisconsin.org.