2016 Special Event for Everyone: Youth Voices
From last year's (2016) conference:
Come and meet a panel of youth, and hear their first-person stories and life experiences with mental health challenges. What do they need/want from adults? How can we help and better understand their perspective?
Join us the first night of the conference
Nov. 16th from 6-8 pm
Cost $20 - will include the panel discussion, pizza, soda/water.
Must register ahead of time on the conference website
Still Human was founded in 2014 by three seniors from Sun Prairie High School – Ryan Newquist, Connor Nikolay, and Ashley Unmacht (not pictured). They wanted to eliminate the stigma directed toward people with mental health challenges that they saw from both classmates and their community. They began speaking to schools and community groups throughout Wisconsin and Still Human was born. They want people who struggle with mental health challenges to know they are not alone and they want everyone to remember that we are all human beings and need to support each other. Even though someone may be different, they are Still Human.
Nicole Goska attends UW-Stevens Point, majoring in Social Work and Political Science. She was diagnosed with depression and anxiety four years ago, following the unexpected loss of a friend. This led to a lack of interest in her normal activities and a prolonged sadness. As a result, she was missing school and was afraid to leave her home. After making some progress she joined Peer Leaders, a high school program in which teens talk to other teens about suicide and depression. Nicole enjoys teaching others how to help their friends who are battling challenges in their lives. ”I want students to know that they are not alone and it is okay to talk about mental illness. Depression and anxiety are not set-backs, just different ways of thinking.”
Brittany Georgia is a senior at Ashwaubenon High School and was Miss Junior Teen Wisconsin in 2015. Four years ago, she was diagnosed with major depression. She has remained active in pageants at both the state and national level, and her pageant platform is teen depression. Additionally, Brittany shares her story of low self-esteem and depression as a spokesperson for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and via other speaking engagements. Brittany is passionate about getting the message out that depression can happen to anyone, and that there is help and hope.
Greg Marshall is ‘Chief Storyteller and Producer’ at CI Design, a brand story and experience company in Milwaukee. He assists businesses, non-profits, professional athletes, and other organizations in creating powerful stories and experiences that shape culture. His story includes working as a therapist for children who have autism and mental health challenges, starting a publishing company, being a full-time hip hop artist, and co-founding a music-mentorship non-profit organization called The Figureheads. Examples of Greg’s current work include itsAaron.com with Aaron Rodgers and David Gruber, Milwaukee Brewers TV commercials, and the Wisconsin Sports Awards.