This past Tuesday was the annual MHAI "Hoosier Idol" event that features legislators doing what they do best - not passing bills, but singing, playing the trumpet, dancing and even yodeling. This year's event was the most well attended and there were five acts - the Bill Friend Group, Melanie and The Wright to Work It group, Sen. Mark Messmer, Senators Pete Miller and Erin Houchin, and Ed Roberts. Our three celebrity judges - Angela Buchman, WTHR, Abdul-Hakm Shabazz, Indypolitics.prg. and Jim Shella, WISH-TV and WFYI - were tough but offered hilarious insights into each performance. The 2015 Hoosier Idol winners were Senators Pete Miller and Erin Houchin who sang and fantastic rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside". And Elvis himself opened the show!
It is fun with a reason. The money we raise at this event helps to fund the great work of all of our subsidiaries (which you can read about in the toolbar above). From improving the mental health of our youngest and most vulnerable to our coalition on aging, MHAI covers the life spectrum and offers services to meet the needs of all Hoosiers. Serious Mental Illness impacts more than 12,000 Hoosiers annually, many going undiagnosed and untreated. Thankfully we have help in this battle for mental wellness - resources like NAMI Indiana www.namiindiana.org, Key Consumer www.keyconsumer.org, the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction www.in.gov/fssa/dmha and others like Mental Health America chapters, provide much needed services to communities.
Sure, watching legislators and lobbyists sing and dance and step outside their statehouse personae is entertaining to say the least - and good fun - but it's all for a worthy cause...to promote mental health and wellness and reduce the stigma of mental illness. So to all of our performers, sponsors, and those who attended thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your willingness to share your talents helps us share our crucial services in the year to come.
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