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May 2024 Mental Health Challenge

In 2024, the commitment to mental health remains a priority for the Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund. Recognizing the continuous challenges faced by individuals, particularly our youth, we are inspired by Governor Tony Evers’ declaration of the previous year as “the year of mental health” in Wisconsin.

Alarming mental health statistics persist, indicating the urgent need for investment and support.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction reveals significant mental health needs among students statewide, emphasizing the ongoing challenges that demand our attention. 

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year 
  • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year 
  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24 
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-14
    Stats source: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

It’s a no-brainer with Mental Health Awareness Month in May!

The Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund proudly presents the Community Mental Health Challenge in May—a free, family-friendly event.

Rooted in our Health and Well-being pillar, this challenge invites everyone to dedicate 20 minutes a day to mental health. Research has shown that this small but impactful commitment can significantly reduce negative symptoms, improve overall well-being, and contribute to a healthier mental state. Join us in embracing the power of 20 minutes—a simple yet potent strategy to enhance mental wellness.

Together, let’s make mental health a priority, one doable increment at a time. Dedicate 20 minutes per day to be mentally healthy!

New to the challenge this year is a customized tracker and journal to keep individuals motivated and on track! Stay tuned for more sneak peeks and announcements. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Ready to join the mental health movement and support well-being in the greater Fond du Lac community?

Register to kickoff the challenge with us here.

Posted on March 26, 2024

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