NAMI Seattle is hosting a free, public event called Stigma Free Seattle to celebrate National Mental Health Awareness month this May!

Join us in community for a vibrant event featuring a variety of fun and uplifting experiences, including the work of talented local artists, presentations and mental health panels, community connections, and a local film screening. Through education, art, and inspiring stories, Stigma-free Seattle provides a place where it is ok to express oneself, connect with others, and talk about mental health. 

EVENT ACTIVITIES: Event schedule below. NAMI Seattle programming will include community arts, mental health panels, film screening, and more! Grooving for Good will lead an emotional intelligence talk and interactive live art session. Seattle Arts and Lectures’ youth poet laureate will do a reading. We will screen Bright Eyed Entertainment‘s documentary “The Voice Inside” a project to bring awareness about schizophrenia and featuring NAMI Seattle Board Member, Joey Wilson.

DATE: Saturday, May 20th, 2023

TIME: 11:00am – 4:00pm

This is a public, drop-in event.

WHERE: The Vera Project, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

Seattle Center Parking and Transportation Information. The venue is ADA accessible. For accessibility/accommodation requests or questions, please contact Katie Knoll: by Saturday, May 6.


Google map of The Vera Project location with enter and arrow indicating the entrance.
Google map of The Vera Project location with enter and arrow indicating the entrance.

This event is all-ages and FREE admission — bring your friends and family!

Registration is encouraged but not required.

11:30am-12:15pm Parents Mental Health Panel

Parents and mental health experts come together for a panel discussion to talk about supporting a child living with a mental illness. We’ll talk about accounts of lived experiences, dealing with internalized stigma, and strategies and advice for supporting a child and yourself.

Featuring Dr. Amy Mezulis, Co-Founder of Joon Care Teletherapy and parents from the NAMI Seattle community

Are you a parent that wants to share your story? Contact

12:25pm-1:10pm Youth Poetry Reading

Teens express themselves in their own voice! Youth poets explore the connection between art and mental health with performances of their original poetry.

Featuring a reading by Seattle Arts & Lectures Youth Poet Laureate, Sah Pham and more!

1:20pm-1:50pm Men's Mental Health Panel

Peers, experts, and community leaders come together to talk about men’s mental health, the effects of stigma and how to combat it, strategies for achieving their best mental health, and more.

2:05pm-3:05pm "The Voice Inside" Documentary Premiere

Take a look in the life of a person with schizophrenia. “The Voice Inside” follows the story of Joey Wilson, mental health advocate and NAMI Seattle board member. Watch as he shares his story and spreads awareness.

Directed by Felicia Thomas

Produced by Bright Eyed Entertainment

3:20pm-3:50pm Interactive Painting & Emotional Intelligence Talk

Grooving for Good is a newly formed nonprofit that focuses on amplifying empathy and emotional intelligence throughout Seattle’s creative communities. Grooving for Good’s co-founder Alex Wagner will be walking through the principle of RULER (Recognize Understand Label Express Regulate), along with an interactive segment led by Rolando Haynes de le Vega called “Guessing Grief Game” to help people approach internal challenges in a new, creative way.


Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation, Joon Care, Accenture,  Rogers Behavioral Health, Emerald City Athletics

To partner with us on this event please reach out to Jeremiah Bainbridge, Development Manager, at

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