Over a year ago we joined with businesses, community leaders, advocates, government agencies and The White House at the launch of the National Dialogue on Mental Health—a first step in a conversation that would identify ways to provide help to people everywhere and avert tragedies in the future. On the anniversary of that day, we are leading the way to move beyond the discussion and take action. NAMI and the Cigna Foundation held an all-day event on children’s mental health to identify innovative approaches our communities and schools can use to support children’s mental health.
One area of real promise is early intervention—before crises occur. Mental illnesses are diseases that strike early: the symptoms for approximately 50 percent of lifetime cases appear by age 14 and 75 percent by age 24.
Becoming a member of NAMI Monroe County brings young people information, resources and support through programs like NAMI Ending the Silence that normalize the conversation about mental illness. We continue the conversation because it’s time to take action and, with your help, we can do it together. Our children deserve a better tomorrow.