NAMI Casper hopes this year’s Olympics inspires the community

Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 4:50 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Simone Biles made headlines when she stepped back from the Olympics to prioritize her mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Casper hopes this act the Olympics encourages others.

“Her coming out like that being so open and honest and available is a big push for our mental health industry. The help is there. Other people, other women, especially girls can look up to her and say wow,” said Maureen Barnes, the secretary of NAMI Casper.

Many athletes talked about prioritizing their mental health at this year’s Olympics. Barnes hopes that the Casper community is inspired by Biles’ actions.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness supports the mental health community across the nation. The local chapter hopes that this year’s Olympics motivates community members to prioritize their mental health.

“The whole Olympics being centered on mental health would let people know that we don’t have to have the stigma anymore. Mental health is just as important as your physical and emotional health,” said Barnes.

For more information about NAMI and their services, click here.

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