Nyamuon Nguany Machar

Nyamuon Nguany Machar is the Regional Coordinator for Youth Move Maine, a youth advocacy organization that helps at-risk youth find) their voices and advocate for themselves.

In this position Nyamuon also consults with the Maine Medical PIER program, a first episode psychosis recovery program geared toward supporting youth.

Nyamuon uses her personal experience with childhood trauma and the gaps she has seen in her community to inform her work and drive her passion for policy change. More recently Nyamuon has partnered with the State of Maine where she co-created and co-facilitates a cultural competency course offered to service providers and consumers, called "Why I can't trust you".

This series of workshops aims to explore how we can be more conscientious about how we provide mental health services to communities who aren't familiar with the concepts, language and supports for mental health systems in this country.

Nyamuon is also a board member of the behavioral health committee of Spring Harbor, an inpatient mental health facility working to provide the most beneficial support to those struggling with mental illness. Nyamuon also works weekly with youth in the facility and uses her own experience in Spring Harbor to encourage and motivate youth to become more than the stigmas placed on them because of mental illness.