Valerie Lepoutre is the Young Adult Programs Coordinator at NAMI Connecticut. Valerie is a certified Recovery Support Specialist who brings her own personal lived experience to her work to inspire, advocate for, and educate others about mental health, addiction, and suicide awareness. In addition to managing all of the Young Adult programs at NAMI Connecticut, she also provides mentoring, support/coaching, and enhancement training for those working with the emerging adult population. She partners with many other young adult initiatives, higher education, foundations, and NAMI affiliates across the state. Her goal is to increase peer-support services for emerging adults and offer hope to those affected by mental illness, addiction, and suicide loss.