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Empowering Minds: Alycia’s Experience at the 2024 NAMI Youth Symposium

Published: Saturday March 23, 2024
image of alycia from behind the gathering at the twenty twenty four nami youth symposium in chico california

Stepping into the 2024 Youth Symposium hosted by NAMI California in Butte County was not just an opportunity for Alycia Anderson—it was a chance to be part of a movement dedicated to transforming lives. As she took the stage, Alycia felt the weight of responsibility and the privilege of addressing a gathering focused on mental health advocacy.

alycia sitting in her wheelchair below a large screen projecting the nami california logo

NAMI California stands as a beacon of hope for individuals and families impacted by mental illness. Their grassroots efforts and unwavering commitment to eradicating stigma and discrimination in mental health care underscored the significance of the event. Alycia recognized the vital role organizations like NAMI play in ensuring access to necessary mental health services for all Californians.

Collaborating with the dedicated individuals at NAMI was both an honor and a humbling experience for Alycia. Their leadership in advocacy, legislation, policy development, education, and support serves as a guiding light for communities across the state. Together, they are shaping a future where mental health is prioritized, understood, and destigmatized.

The symposium provided a platform for meaningful dialogue and action-oriented discussions. Participants were given a chance to explore strategies for promoting mental wellness, combating stigma, and fostering inclusive communities. Alycia was inspired by the passion and dedication of attendees, each committed to making a difference in the lives of those affected by mental illness.

alycia sitting in her wheelchair next to a mirror that has positive slogans written on it to inspire the attendees of the nami youth symposium

As she reflected on her experience at the symposium, Alycia emphasized the importance of collective action in effecting change. She encouraged others to learn more about NAMI’s mission and to join the movement to end the stigma surrounding mental health. By raising awareness, advocating for policy reform, and offering support, everyone has the power to make a positive impact.

In closing, Alycia expressed gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the 2024 NAMI Youth Symposium. It was a reminder of the resilience, strength, and hope that define the mental health advocacy movement. Together with NAMI and countless others, she remains committed to empowering minds and building a more compassionate and inclusive society.

To learn more about NAMI’s mission and how you can help end the stigma around mental health, visit their website at