Women are invited to learn more about supporting their mental health through an inspiring evening of speakers and activities, including yoga, music therapy, mindfulness training, and more. Guest speakers include Carrie McEvoy Ripp, MSW, presenting "Your Mental Health Matters," and Bethany Debroux Adams, M.A., presenting "Taking the Long Way: One Woman's Journey Beyond Mental Illness to Health and Happiness." Register at Aurora.org/events (keyword: Reflections) or call 888-863-5502. Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the door.
- Teen Mental Health Break | Thursday, May 30, 4 - 5 p.m., West Allis Public Library, 7421 W. National Ave.
Teens in grades 6 - 12 will learn how mindfulness can decrease stress and improve their mental health. Make a bath bomb, color a mandala, or create a galaxy jar as you learn how to support your mental health.
For additional information about these events, please call the West Allis Public Library Reference Desk at 414-302-8500
About the Book
Published in 2006, It’s Kind of a Funny Story was given a starred review by the American Library Association and was recognized as one of its Best Books for Young Adults in 2007. The book is a coming-of-age novel written by American author Ned Vizzini. Told from the first-person perspective, the story follows teenage protagonist Craig Gilner as he seeks psychiatric help after a period of mental illness. Though the novel deals directly with issues like depression, suicide, and recovery, Vizzini uses humor to add levity to the story of his character’s struggles. The book is based loosely on the author’s experience in a psychiatric ward to treat his clinical depression as a young adult. Vizzini, who published several works with themes around mental health, committed suicide in 2013 at the age of 32.
Find limited free copies of It's Kind of a Funny Story at the West Allis Public Library or at Little Free Libraries throughout West Allis, courtesy of the Rotary Club of West Allis.
Stay educated, stay informed, and be an advocate. We hope you join us in observing National Mental Health Awareness Month and participate in our Community Read to help stop the stigma!
If you or a loved one are affected by mental health of substance abuse issues, dial 2-1-1 on your phone or visit www.westalliswi.gov/stopthestigma to connect with local resources.