Dear Fellow NAMI Wilmington Members and interested friends, Our past and present Boards would like to thank everyone for their patience and hard work managing through the past year. We are grateful for our support group facilitators and participants for their patience and innovative spirit. Although Zoom meetings were not optimum, they were productive and provided continued guidance and support. We remain financially sound. Long-term supporters, creative cost savings and a successful 2020 Virtual Walk [...]
Interested in making a difference? NAMI NC’s 2021 Advocacy Day is scheduled for June 11th. NAMI NC will empower supporters to contact lawmakers to speak up about their own mental health journeys and why policy changes can make a difference. While advocacy is important throughout the year, this day is dedicated to energizing and mobilizing everyone in our state that wants to improve mental health care in North Carolina—so mark your calendars! Informative, educational, [...]
Children’s author and mental health advocate Jamie Edelbrock discusses Tangled Up, a new book for children that focuses on mental health. Having been a homeschool mom, preschool director, and family ministry director, Jamie knows the challenges of motherhood inside and out: “I will never forget the time I scheduled our first therapy appointment. My hands shook as feelings of doubt and mom guilt overwhelmed me. I thought that if we needed [...]
#NAMIWalksNC is all about #MentalHealthforAll, insuring all know they are #NotAlone, and helping to pave a better path for mental health in North Carolina. We are getting closer towards achieving our goal of raising $150,000 for our life-changing mental health programs. Thanks to so many of you, over $120,000 has already been raised—wow! Won't you help to push us over the top?! It's easy to donate, and for you registered participants [...]
CURED! Documentary Screening: Virtual and in-person event at the newly renovated Dix Chapel Whether you choose to participate from the comfort of your home or come down to Dix Park in Raleigh, please join us for a screening of CURED! Described as “fascinating” (Hollywood Reporter), “riveting” (The Queer Review) and “one of the best documentaries of this or any year” (British Film Institute)—CURED takes viewers inside the David-versus-Goliath battle that led [...]
Professional Tennis Star, Naomi Osaka Reveals Mental Health Struggles — And Other Athletes Rally Around Her
Many of the world's top athletes have rallied around tennis star Naomi Osaka and her decision to pull out of the French Open — decrying a culture that doesn't always give athletes the support they need in times of mental distress. Full news item can be found here.
"Affordable housing is a major driver of homelessness for many people and especially people with serious mental illness," said Amy Blank Wilson with UNC's School of Social Work. Thanks to her and the school's public-private partnership, there's a glimmer of hope in Chatham County between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro. It's called the Tiny Homes Village at the Farm at Penny Lane. For full news item click here.
Guest hosts for the revered Jeopardy game show select their charity of choice to receive a donation matching the cumulative winnings during a star's turn as guest host. Recently, Big Bang star, Mayim Bialik was asked why she chose NAMI. Bialik responded, "I've been involved with that charity as a client, as it were. They provide support not only to individuals living with mental illness, but to their families as well, [...]
NAMI and its affiliates have adapted many NAMI programs to meet the needs of maintaining a social distance between participants during the pandemic. Highlights of our virtual and online programs are listed below. VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUP AND CLASS OPTIONS: Several NC affiliates are offering virtual support groups and classes. Please click here to access descriptions and a listing of available programs. COMMUNITY INCLUSION CONVERSATIONS, Click here for more information. FREE Psychiatric Advance [...]
Pride Month is an entire month dedicated to the uplifting of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) voices, celebration of LGBTQ culture and the support of LGBTQ rights. LGBTQ people with mental health conditions may find themselves fighting a double stigma. Many will experience prejudice based on their sexual and/or gender identity as well as the stigma associated with mental illness. Confronting these challenges and mental health symptoms with an LGBTQ-inclusive [...]