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Helena student recognized at State Capitol for mental health and children's hospitals advocacy

Posted at 7:19 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 22:14:04-04

HELENA — Helena student Bella Nyman was recognized at the Montana State Capitol Tuesday for her advocacy on mental health issues and children’s hospitals.

Nyman has been selected to serve as a 2020 National Champion for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

By age seven, doctors had diagnosed her with bipolar disorder, separation anxiety, clinical anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Nyman received treatment at Shodair Children’s Hospital, which she says gave her the tools to live a happy and healthy life.

Governor Steve Bullock praised Nyman for her bravery.

“Bella has shown incredible bravery and perseverance to move forward and reach her full potential, and she will make Montana proud,” Governor Bullock said. “I’m confident Bella’s story and role as an ambassador will make a real difference for the kids who rely on children’s hospitals and make it possible for many children to have success stories of their own.”

As a National Champion for Children's Miracle Network, Nyman will share her experience with mental health issues and receiving treatment in order to raise awareness about children’s hospitals across North America.

"Bella represents an entire population of young people living with mental health issues today and we are proud to stand by her side as she receives this well-deserved honor,” Shodair CEO Craig Aasved said. "She will no doubt be an awesome advocate in Montana and throughout the nation in the effort to eliminate the stigma around mental illness."

Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena has provided care to Montana families since 1896. The hospital treated 1,800 patients last year.