Brand new billboards around Dane County will feature five people, all whom live with serious mental illness or addiction including severe anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and alcoholism. "They're chefs, videographers, our neighbors and coworkers and this is just our way to begin a community conversation about health".
She said that the committee wants to see more evidence that the government will join up services in a way that places children and young people at their heart, improving services to all children rather than a minority.
And if you think your child might be dealing with a hard mental health issue, or you just know someone who needs help, don't wait.
Are all mental health issues permanent? "We found in the school districts where it's taught and embraced by the administration, not only do the students recognize when fellow students are having a problem but they will relay and report to teachers and administration", said Staar, "and teen suicide has plummeted".
Martin Cruddace, ARC Chief Executive, commented, "We are absolutely delighted to support Mental Health Foundation, particularly at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week". The Palooza is created to reach new audiences and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
Javed Khan, chief executive of Barnardo's, warned that the government risks missing a "golden opportunity to radically transform a failing mental health system". Be a friend, be a support and let them know they are not alone.
It will be hosted by the Sendan Center which provides mental health services for young people, and funded in part by the Department of Health and Social Services.