In February of 2019, an assemblage of passionate young people, mental health specialists, and community leaders collaborated to create the mental health youth advocacy group, now known as "OPEN UP Mississippi." There, we developed our vision, mission statement, guiding principles, and logo. In the subsequent month, we identified the intended impact we needed to make in Mississippi, finalized our bylaws, devised our message, and developed our brand and internal communication strategy.
In April of 2019, we developed a one-year strategic plan, created our social media platforms and created Public Service Announcements to build awareness of our mission and vision.
Today, we work as a collection of youth and young adults to actualize Open Up Mississippi's founding principles. With the help of NAMI Mississippi's leaders, our passion for mental health advocacy, and our belief in one another, we hope to inspire all Mississippians to "open up" to a brighter future.
Ownership – We are guided by youth and young adults and are committed to letting their voice and choice drive the process towards mental wellness.
Safe Zone – We support a nonjudgmental platform and environment for youth and young adults as they use their backgrounds, experiences, choices and actions to expand the conversation and work around mental health.
Collaboratives – We will utilize our strengths as we collaborate with service providers to educate the community on mental wellness support services.
Outreach Communication – We will create awareness among all systems serving youth and young adults to ensure that they are engaging in strategies that promote positive mental wellness.
Community Oriented – We will address the unique needs of each community and value the diversity of those communities and its members.
Outcomes Driven – We strive to create positive outcomes for youth and young adults through effective identification of services and support.
Participation – We engage and participate in events and activities that promote mental wellness for youth and young adults.