JOLIET, Ill. — State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, sponsored Operation Snowball, in partnership with Heart Haven Outreach, NAMI Will-Grundy and Bolingbrook High School. Operation Snowball is an international youth program that educates students about mental health, leadership development and community advocacy.
“Operation Snowball originates from the idea that the kindness and understanding we show each other can create a snowball effect and spur even more positive impact,” Manley said. “I am grateful and very willing to be involved in programs like Operation Snowball that provide a safe space for students to learn about mental health, engage with their peers and learn how they can better their communities.”
In her presentation, Rep. Manley detailed the General Assembly’s budgetary and legislative achievements regarding mental health. This includes the $1.5 billion investment in mental health, substance use and suicide prevention services in the FY 23 budget. Manley also sponsored Senate Bill 3889 to better coordinate children’s mental health services and ensure resources are accessible to young people.
“Mental health challenges, especially among young people, are common, and no one is alone in their struggles,” said Manley. “Recognizing the importance and always fighting for our youth, I will continue to advocate for mental health funding and resources for young people across Illinois.”