NAMI Fox Valley is excited to partner again this year with the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection and other local agencies to celebrate May Mental Health Awareness Month. This year’s kickoff will be held 9 to 11 a.m., Thursday, May 1, at Riverview Gardens, 1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton.
Join Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, WFRV TV news anchor Erin Davisson, community leaders and mental health supporters for a one-hour program, from 10 to 11 a.m., when we will join together to stand up against stigma and pledge to do more for the 1 in 4 in our community affected by mental illness. A mental health resource fair will be held from 9 to 10 a.m., prior to the program.
We will be handing out green mental health awareness ribbons again this year at the event, to be worn throughout the month of May. And be sure to dress in GREEN on May 2, our GO GREEN DAY!
May 8 Documentary Screening: A Sister’s Call
As part of the month’s awareness activities, NAMI Fox Valley and the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network will host a showing of “A Sister’s Call,” a documentary by Rebecca Schaper and Kyle Tekiela that chronicles Rebecca’s efforts to find her missing brother, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and help restore his life. The screening will be held 6 p.m., Thursday, May 8 at the Appleton Public Library.
May 31 Strike Out Stigma with the T-Rats
We will also “Strike Out Stigma” with the Timber Rattlers again this year. Be sure to reserve Saturday, May 31 for a night out at the ball park with the T-Rats and your NAMI friends. Join us for a tailgate prior to the game. Ticket sales benefit the programs and services of NAMI Fox Valley. Come volunteer to help at the tailgate, sell tickets or help us make and distribute green awareness ribbons. Together, we can raise awareness and strike out stigma!
Click here for a complete listing of May Mental Health Awareness Month activities in our community.