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Youth Advisory Council


Mission Statement:

As the Youth Advisory Council, our mission is to encourage, educate and immerse ourselves within our local community, while also striving to put an end to the stigma of mental illness. We focus on reaching and involving youth and young adults throughout the journey to end stigma and advocate for those living with mental illness.


Contact for Central Mississippi:

Jamie Kurlej

(302) 690-5002


Contact for Hattiesburg:

Lauren Parker

(601) 594-3137


What Is Stigma?

February 6, 2018 1:14 pm : Youth Advisory Council
What Is Stigma? According to Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D., stigma is a “perceived negative attribute that causes someone to devalue or think less of the whole person.” Acts of stigma can be both intentional and unintentional, but either way, stigma can truly cause harm to those living with mental illness. How Does Stigma Affect Persons With ... read more»

Summer 2017 Update

January 19, 2018 2:16 pm : Youth Advisory Council
In May of 2016, NAMI Mississippi’s Executive Director, Tameka Tobias-Smith, decided that it was time to expand in a way that would reach youth and young adults, and as a result, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) was established. YAC volunteers recognize the value of being present within the community. From Say It Out Loud “road ... read more»

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