To honor and thank those who enable mental health in Block Island, the Ross Campbell Memorial Award has been established and will be presented annually during Mental Health Month. In 2018, the presentation of the award will take place during the NAMI BI Spring Conference, at 3.30pm in The Island Free Library, immediately before the Community Round Table event.
Ross Campbell (1962 – 2010) was a resident of Block Island enjoying all it had to offer — sailing, fishing, hiking and snorkeling, but mostly the camaraderie of friends and family. Following the sadness of his passing, the Mental Health Task Force, now NAMI Block Island, came into being, working to bring mental health services to the island, to provide support for families and friends of those who suffer and engaging with the community to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
The first Ross Campbell Memorial Award was presented to Steve Holloway during the 2017 Spring Conference, at 4pm on Saturday May 13, 2017, at the Island Free Library.