'Respite through Writing' is a multi-perspective, community writing project about mental illness and recovery published online. Stories may be submitted anonymously in any form: poems, essays, flash fiction, short stories, journal pages, etc.
The Teen Support Group is for teens in high school who have a mental illness and are looking for a supportive environment where they will learn about symptoms, treatment, and resources, as well as spend time socializing with peers.
There has been much talk in recent weeks at the national and state levels about mental illness, a topic that is often misrepresented, misunderstood and generally not the focus of much media attention unless something tragic happens.
It’s the job of mental health advocates like Bonnie Loughran, executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness of Dane County, to push past these stereotypes and speak out on the importance of early diagnosis and sustained treatment so people can live healthy, fruitful lives, she says.