NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances. NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need. Free of cost to participants Designed for adult loved ones (18+) of [...]
We believe that mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round, but highlighting them during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice. Since 1990, when Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), advocates have worked together to conduct activities, large or small, to educate the public about mental [...]
The prayers and actions of both faith communities and secular organizations can support mental health in America. Through spiritual guidance, many individuals and communities find healing and recovery. Click here for more information and options. Also happening today is NAMI Cumberland, Harnett, Lee Counties' Mental Illness Awareness Week Celebration at 6pm. This event is a virtual panel discussion with Spoken Word Artists. Register here, or contact email@example.com or 910-223-5244.
Though it’s often under reported, major depression is a significant cause of disability in the United States. Intervention is important. Mental Health America (MHA) has an online screening tool here Per MHA, Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is [...]
Last, but certainly not least, this Saturday is World Mental Health Day! First off, NAMI North Carolina's annual conference taking place virtually from 9am to 4pm. Registration is still open, but there are limited spaces so sign up now to join in learning from our roster of dynamic speakers presenting on today’s issues affecting our community’s mental health. Additionally, we will announce our new board members, present our annual awards and, [...]
This Thursday we are doing just that on Thursdays with NAMI, NAMI NC's weekly interview video series. Experts say 9% of the U.S. population, or 28.8 million Americans, will have an eating disorder in their lifetime. Anorexia nervosa - characterized by an abnormally low body weight and other symptoms - has the highest mortality rate of ANY mental health condition. Yet so little is known about this area of mental health. [...]
Dr. Sarah Hollingsworth “Holly” Lisanby, MD, the Director of the Division of Translational Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will be featured on NAMI's Ask the Expert Webinar. It is being held on Thursday, October 8, 2020; 4:00 pm.-5:30 pm Click here for more information and to register.
In a recent cross-sectional observational study published in “The Lancet Public Health Journal”, data shows a lower prevalence of serious psychological distress, suicidal ideation and suicide planning among transgender people who have gender-affirming identity documents when compared to those with none. For full news items click here.
Over 2,700 participants were involved in the study as the researchers kept track of daily stressors. As SoulPulse collected data on daily spiritual experiences, the researchers analyzed its impact on factors such as depressive symptoms and flourishing or well-being indicators such as happiness, meaning, purpose, virtue, and close relationships. Click here for full news item.
Stephanie Parker has lived with a variety of eating disorders (EDs) most of her life. Leading into the pandemic, the 34-year old producer from New York City was in a fairly good place with her EDs, not requiring much outside support to stay on top of her health. When the pandemic hit, however, Parker spiraled. “I have anxiety and OCD, in addition to my eating disorders,” Parker explained. “When I had [...]
Having a mental illness is a challenge that countless people experience in their lifetimes. Some are lucky enough to find peace with their disorder, potentially including a medication regimen that works for them. Others never find solace, and many are unfortunately lost to suicide. But I feel there is always hope, especially when communities understand what the world is like when you have mental illness. Click here for full item.