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2020 NAMI-NYS Education Conference-Building Momentum: Coming Together to Create Our Future

NAMI-NYS is thrilled to announce our 2020 Leaders of Mental Health Awareness honorees. All three of our honorees are the definition of resiliency, as all have overcome tragedy, hardship and a lifetime of mental health challenges. Each of them are also finding new and innovative ways to tell their stories and spread mental health awareness.

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Lily Cornell Silver is the host of the new IGTV series Mind Wide Open. Lily is the only daughter of music industry manager Susan Silver and the first-born daughter of the late Soundgarden / Audioslave singer, Chris Cornell. Like her dad, Lily has struggled with anxiety and depression throughout her life and launched the show as a tribute to him on what would have been his 56th birthday. The show features Lily discussing mental health issues with leading experts, her peers with lived experience and celebrities. The show is quickly garnering a lot of attention including in Rolling Stone magazine.

AJ Mendez is the New York Times Bestselling author of Crazy Is My Superpower, co-founder of Scrappy Heart Productions, mental health advocate and speaker, and former championship wrestler with the WWE. She is an ambassador to The Jed Foundation and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. AJ wast the recipient of NAMI’s 2018 Multicultural Outreach Award. She is a writer, making the Black List’s inaugural Latinx TV List in 2020. AJ’s work with NAMI includes her Discovering My Superpowervideo.

Metta World Peace is a former NBA all-star, 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, author of the book No Malice and subject of the Showtime acclaimed documentary Quiet Storm-The Ron Artest Story. Metta and his family have become vital members of the NAMI-NYS family and have been instrumental in a landmark initative of introducing NAMI Signature programs into the Queensbridge housing project. Metta was also recently a guest on an episode of NAMI-NYS Perspectives.

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