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Virtual Town Hall at NAMICon 2020

Watch celebrity ambassadors, youth, filmmakers, student reporters, and mental health leaders come together (virtually) at NAMICon 2020 to urge the country towards a more thoughtful conversation about mental health conditions, particularly for young people.

Well Beings Virtual Town Hall at NAMICon 2020

Watch celebrity ambassadors, youth, filmmakers, student reporters, and mental health leaders come together (virtually) at NAMICon 2020 to urge the country towards a more thoughtful conversation about mental health conditions, particularly for young people.

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About the Well Beings Virtual Town Hall

A celebrity roster of actors, athletes and musicians, along with leaders in mental health from across the country, joined WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public media station in the nation’s capital, today to launch WELL BEINGS, a major campaign from public media addressing the health needs of Americans.  The launch took place during the WELL BEINGS National Virtual Town Hall at NAMICon 2020, showcasing powerful stories, special performances, exclusive campaign content, and a panel discussion on youth mental health and society.

The campaign launch featured young people, experts, and notable personalities urging the country towards a more thoughtful conversation about mental health conditions, particularly for young people. WELL BEINGS unveiled the YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT, which features original broadcast and digital content, a national tour of impactful community events, social media campaigns, interactive storytelling on WellBeings.org, and information on mental health resources from project partners — all emphasizing the mental health needs, lived experiences and voices of youth.

The event, which was hosted in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) during NAMICon 2020, NAMI’s annual convention and one of the largest community gatherings of mental health advocates in the United States, included messages of support from Matthew McConaughey, Kid Cudi, Billy Porter, Jewel, Demi Moore, Alanis Morissette, Bill Pullman, Ariel Winter, LeVar Burton, and more, a slam poetry performance by Akeemjamal Rollins, and music from Dear Evan Hansen. NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. opened the event with remarks on the importance of focusing on youth mental health.

From all of us at WETA Well Beings (and NAMI), we thank you for joining us. If you were outside the USA and had any problems accessing this session, it is available above in closed caption in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese.

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About The Tour

The Well Beings Tour is making its way to cities across the country, hosted in partnership with local public media stations to present impactful experiences that connect audiences with mental health resources in the local community, strengthen community connections, and destigmatize mental health challenges. The Tour features moderated public discussions that share information and volunteer opportunities from local community and national organizations. The Tour is fostering new conversations about mental health through these local events — live or virtual, based on local public health conditions.

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