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2109, 2021

Registration is Open!

NAMI NC Annual Conference to be held on October 9th! It’s so easy to feel stuck: stuck in our bad habits, stuck in our isolation, and stuck in our hopelessness. With the challenges of the past two years, this sense of despair can become more intense as we cycle through repetitive negative thoughts. In the face of this very real and very understandable challenge, how do we take care of our [...]

2109, 2021

Do You Know a Mental Health Hero? Lift Them Up!

Now is your chance to show your appreciation to that special person or organization that has made a difference in our mental health community. Every year NAMI North Carolina recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extra efforts. It could be in suicide prevention, reducing stigma, or other efforts in support of those affected by mental illness. We are looking for nominations now! There are many award categories--Check them out on [...]

2109, 2021

Voting Materials To Be Resent and Deadline Extended

It has come to our attention that a significant portion of the membership have not received a ballot for the NAMI NC Board of Directors election or the proposed bylaws revisions. Because we want to make sure every member has the opportunity to vote, the Board’s Executive Committee has decided to postpone the annual meeting previously scheduled to take place during lunch at the annual conference until Saturday, November 6. Otherwise, [...]

2109, 2021

She Grew Up In The Shadow of a Parent’s Schizophrenia; Her Pastor Supports All Impacted by Mental Illness

Thursdays with NAMI - 7 p.m. September 23, 2021 Christy Banks knows what it’s like to worry endlessly about a parent. During her childhood her father’s mental illness cast a long shadow over the family. As an adult she saw schizophrenia for what it was – a disease – and only wanted to keep him safe. At St. Mark AME Church in Rocky Mount, she found a big supporter in her [...]

2109, 2021

It’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month – Did you know…?

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in college students. More young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza and chronic lung disease combined. 90% of those who commit suicide had an underlying mental health condition. Common suicide warning signs: Talking about hopelessness, worthlessness, being a burden to others, feeling trapped or having no reason to live. Having no motivation or [...]

2109, 2021

NC Among States to Receive Grants for Mobile Crisis Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded $15 million in planning grants to 20 states to support expanding community-based mobile crisis intervention services for Medicaid beneficiaries. For full news release click here

2109, 2021

We Know Students Are Struggling With Their Mental Health. Here’s How You Can Help

According to the CDC, between March and May, 2020, hospitals across the country saw a 24% increase in mental health emergency visits by kids aged 5 to 11 years old, and a 31% increase for kids 12 to 17. Christian-Brathwaite and other mental health experts gave NPR some tips that parents, teachers and all adults can use to help kids cope better in these uncertain times. For full NPR news item [...]

2109, 2021

$3.8 Million Awarded to ECU Psychologists’ Mental Health Improvement Research

A nearly $3.8 million federal grant has been awarded to East Carolina University psychologists to help improve student mental health. The university says the long-term goal of the grant is to help prevent and address emotional and behavioral problems in elementary school children. For full news item click here

2109, 2021

VA Officials Pushing Veterans To Seek Help Amid Rising Concern For Mental Health Issues

Concerns are rising for veterans after American troops were recently pulled out of Afghanistan. Officials at the VA in Wilmington have seen an increase in veterans utilizing services there, but they’re expressing concerns for those who aren’t seeking treatment for mental health issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, or even suicidal thoughts. The average number of veteran suicides has decreased slightly in recent years, but after recent events in Afghanistan, [...]

2109, 2021

Upcoming Events and Classes

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 [...]

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