Sister of The Soloist sets up Foundation for the Mentally Ill

Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, subject of the recent book and current movie The Soloist, suffered a mental breakdown while he was studying music at Juilliard. His sister Jennifer Ayers-Moore established a foundation to help him and others like him, the Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation.

naayersThe Nathanial Anthony Ayers Foundation

The following statement from their website relates the reason for the foundation and its laudable mission:

“The driving force behind the foundation is Jennifer Ayers-Moore’s desire to share her understanding of the plight of family members of normal individuals who sink into the darkness of mental illness.

Her first-hand experience growing up with her brother Nathaniel gives her an authoritative perspective on the challenges family members face, and the benefits they can gain from organizations willing to help them through these traumatic times.

The Foundation launched in 2008 after the publication of a book about Nathaniel, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music, by Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez. The book was followed by the film “The Soloist” starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. These two highly-visible projects helped elevate the nation’s conversation about mental illness, giving Jennifer the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to begin helping what could eventually be thousands, even millions, of families.

nathaniel-ayersJennifer and Nathaniel need your help to continue their fight to keep public awareness about mental health’s effects on society at the forefront of the nation’s consciousness.

We are completely committed to spreading the value that artistic expression makes in the advancement of wellness and treatment. Further, we will continue to strengthen our collaboration with mental health and arts organizations to identify and exhibit the work of the artistically gifted and provide grants to worthy nonprofit organizations that embody the foundation’s mission.”

Follow Ms. Ayers-Moore on Twitter: @StopStigma
Follow the Nathaniel Ayers Foundation on Twitter: @naayers

2 Responses to Sister of The Soloist sets up Foundation for the Mentally Ill

  1. Best wishes and I hope the best for you with this important work and the foundation you created – and Congratulations to Nathaniel for his historic visit to the White House and the opportunity to meet President Obama and perform there! Amazing. Wonderful. Sincerely, Pat

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