Give Voice Now

Miller Dwan Foundation
problem

Opening minds and saving children
The stigma surrounding mental health needed to be addressed and the last million dollars needed to be raised to build an exceptional facility for our region’s young people. The facility would create a national model for the effective care of children, teens, young adults and families struggling to cope with mental health and substance use problems. Because this project meant so much to us, we took it on pro bono.

problem

Opening minds and saving children
The stigma surrounding mental health needed to be addressed and the last million dollars needed to be raised to build an exceptional facility for our region’s young people. The facility would create a national model for the effective care of children, teens, young adults and families struggling to cope with mental health and substance use problems. Because this project meant so much to us, we took it on pro bono.

strategy/solution

Breaking the silence
We got to work naming the facility Amberwing after the amberwing dragonfly—a symbol of change, self-realization and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life. Then we rallied community partners to build a campaign around the fact that most children with mental health issues suffer in silence because of the stigma surrounding reaching out for help.

strategy/solution

Breaking the silence
We got to work naming the facility Amberwing after the amberwing dragonfly—a symbol of change, self-realization and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life. Then we rallied community partners to build a campaign around the fact that most children with mental health issues suffer in silence because of the stigma surrounding reaching out for help.

effectiveness

A place to heal
More than a million dollars was raised. Amberwing—Center for Youth & Family Well-Being was completed and now serves youth in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. The facility offers a safe haven that feels like home and a place where everyone can learn to think differently about mental wellness.

effectiveness

A place to heal
More than a million dollars was raised. Amberwing—Center for Youth & Family Well-Being was completed and now serves youth in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. The facility offers a safe haven that feels like home and a place where everyone can learn to think differently about mental wellness.

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