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Arlington, VA – NAMI is proud to introduce the 2024 NAMI Next Gen class of 10 young adult leaders from diverse backgrounds who will inform and support NAMI efforts by representing the voices of lived experience. In 2021, NAMI created and launched the first class of NAMI Next Gen young adult advisors based on one of our guiding principles, “Nothing About Us Without Us.” The ongoing youth mental health crisis has increased the need to reach young people where they are. While 1 in 6 U.S. youth experience a mental health condition each year, only half of them receive treatment.
“It’s a NAMI priority to bring together young adults to engage and elevate their voices of lived experiences from diverse backgrounds,” said NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. “The NAMI Next Gen young adult advisory group takes the next step by giving them a chance to inform, advise, innovate, and co-create resources that meet the needs of young people where they are. I could not be more proud of and excited to welcome our third cohort of young leaders joining NAMI and helping us move this critical work forward."
NAMI’s strategic plan prioritizes initiatives to get young people help as soon as possible, connecting them to available support and resources early, especially since 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14 and 75% by age 24. NAMI Next Gen aims to empower young people by providing a platform to share their personal stories to help reduce stigma and support others to realize they are not alone. To achieve this goal, our young adult advisors will share their thoughts, opinions, and feedback to help inform NAMI’s youth-focused programs, content, initiatives and new projects. Together, we will work to reach more young people to help connect them with support and resources for navigating mental health challenges.
NAMI Next Gen Class of 2024:
The mission of NAMI Next Gen is to bring together the diverse experiences of youth and young adults to help address the mental health concerns of their peers and communities through increased awareness, educational resources, and services. NAMI looks forward to working with this new cohort of young leaders to address the youth mental health crisis in our country.
For support for teens and young adults, reach out to the NAMI Teen & Young Adult (T&YA) HelpLine, a free nationwide peer-support service staffed by trained young adult specialists that understand what you're going through because they have personal experience. They’re available to provide support, information, and resource referrals to teens and young adults. They care and want to help you find a way forward. You can reach the T&YA HelpLine by texting “Friend” to 62640, click here to chat or call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
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