For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Lauren Simonds
Executive Director
Phone: 206-783-4288
Email address: lsimonds@namiwa.org

SEATTLE GREAT WHEEL GOING GREEN
FOR MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
[Seattle, WA] - NAMI Washington, the state office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, along with its 22 NAMI Affiliates across Washington, are offering a variety of special events and activities during May, Mental Health Month.
 
NAMI's theme for Mental Health Month is "Into Mental Health: Inspired, Informed, Involved." To that end NAMI Washington and its affiliates are offering programs and events to inspire, inform and create opportunities for involvement. Leading up to the premiere event, Mental Health Stories: The Brainpower Chronicles, NAMI Washington and the King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division have sponsored the Seattle Great Wheel's on May 15th, 16th, and 17th. Those days, the Wheel's 500,000 LED lights will dazzle the skyline of the Emerald City in green, to mark the community's commitment to advocating for the mental health of the state's citizens.
 
"Every American is affected by mental illness through their friends, family and community members," said Lauren Simonds, NAMI Washington's Executive Director. "Our goal is to inspire people to build better lives for the 60 million Americans living with a mental illness. Together, we aim to provide support, advocate for equal care, and fight stigma. Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation and blame that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to recovery."
 
The debut of Mental Health Stories: The Brainpower Chronicles, storytelling about living with and recovery from mental illness will entertain, fight stigma, and build community. This event is May 20th from 7:00-8:30PM at the Isaac Studio Theatre in Seattle. This event features local storyteller Bill Bernat, whose show, Becoming More Less Crazy, won Best of Fringe (Spirit of Fringe) in the 2017 Seattle Fringe Festival. He is joined by six people sharing their stories about the impact mental illness has had on their lives. Tickets are available at https://namiwastories.eventbrite.com.
 
A full list of Mental Health Month events being offered by NAMI Washington Affiliates can be found on the NAMI Washington website at www.namiwa.org.

About NAMI Washington
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington is part of NAMI, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI Washington provides educational resources and events, statewide outreach, public policy advocacy, and organizational support for state affiliates.

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