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, next discussion is January 29th at 1pm. Click here for more information. FREE Psychiatric Advance Directive (PADs) Trainings - Various dates. Click here for more information and to register. "How Yoga Helped Me Recover" - a personal presentation sponsored by NAMI South Mountains on January 21st at [...]
For 2021, NAMI is pleased to once again present our annual national convention virtually. As we work to finalize our event dates, we have opened Virtual NAMICon 2021 Call for Proposals for your submissions. This virtual platform is an opportunity to bring much needed mental health education, resources and support to a broader audience of individuals, families, allies and advocates, particularly after a year defined by isolation, uncertainty and adversity. Proposals [...]
Yesterday was a national holiday established as an official day for service and to honor Martin Luther King's life and his achievements. It is our hope that we can continue to reflect on his legacy for more than just one day to help us during this difficult period in our history. Doing so may help build a road to more peaceful times that will aid our personal and collective mental health. [...]
Studies have shown that meditation and yoga can help with mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. On January 21st, NAMI South Mountains is sponsoring a 6pm Zoom presentation on how yoga and meditation helped one of our NAMI NC members in recovery. Amritari Martinez will share her personal journey and also teach a chair yoga and guided meditation practice. Click here to register.
Almost 1.5 million North Carolinians are affected by mental health issues each year in our state. And with the stresses of the pandemic, experts are forecasting that number to increase substantially. NAMI wants to help prioritize mental health in our community all year long. A NAMI membership is a great way to become a part of community of people that will support your mental health and others every step of the [...]
Studies have shown that many people living with mental illness need support to feel included in the community. Lack of inclusion contributes to feelings of isolation and hampers recovery. Community Inclusion (CI) efforts can be very important to address this. As part of our series about CI, on January 29th, Dr. Mark Salzer, Principle Investigator and Director of Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, and Mikayla Cardona, [...]
Baby Devon was born 8 weeks prematurely to a mother who lived with mental illness and used substances. Carla was an upwardly mobile, successful black woman determined to be a mother, and she was thrilled when life brought a beautiful baby boy into her family. However, after six months, Devon was taken back by his birth mother to a world of abuse and poverty. Faced with the choice of letting go [...]
Dr. Thomas R. Insel, the former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy have announced that the leaders of the nation’s 14 leading advocacy groups and professional organizations began meeting early in 2020 in emergency session to generate proposals to address the new wave of need in the mental health field. Their combined expertise created a unified vision statement for transforming mental health [...]
Telehealth use was highest for mental-health services as pandemic social-distancing guidelines accelerated the use of remote health-care services last spring, a new analysis shows — suggesting that “prospects for an expanded role for telehealth may be better for behavioral health care.” Click here for full news article.
Nicole Phelps knows she’s “married to the most incredible human being,” Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, but their love story hasn’t been without hardships. In the wake of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death last January, Nicole automatically thought of her husband’s mental health, as Michael — who has long been candid about his depression struggles — was going through a difficult time. Click here for full news item.