Wendall attended Middlebury College in New England, a liberal arts college in rural Vermont. She then earned a Masters's Degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia.
Wendall wrote and illustrated her first book Confessions of Madness: My Journey with Mental Illness in 2019. Her personal experience with mental illness has made a tremendous impact on the overall education, outreach and advocacy efforts at NAMI Lowcountry. Wendall’s ability to understand and empathize with other adults who live with mental health illnesses is invaluable.
Wendall’s powerful gift of writing has also helped shape NAMI Lowcountry’s, marketing, public relations, community engagement initiatives and support groups. As a Connections Support Group Facilitator at NAMI Lowcountry, Wendall imparts a level of understanding when it comes to living with mental illness and the successful path to recovery. Her experiences have helped change and support the lives of countless NAMI Lowcountry members.
Wendall has lived in the Lowcountry for over 20 years. She enjoys writing, the arts and spending time with her dog.
I am involved with NAMI because my psychiatrist suggested I attend a meeting to help experience a normalizing effect that is so desperately desired by the mentally ill. I was skeptical, to say the least, but I forged ahead despite my anxiety and fear of everything unknown. NAMI became a refuge and a family. I am no longer alone; I have fellow souls to share both my sorrow and my triumphs without judgment or jealousy. NAMI is the real deal.