With the declaration of a state of emergency in North Carolina by Governor Cooper yesterday, we at NAMI North Carolina (NAMI NC) want to let you know that our office and Helpline will continue to be available to you during regular business hours as a mental health resource.
Two of our major events, NAMIWalks North Carolina and our recently announced Advocacy Day 2020, are still on schedule for May as planned. While we are looking at alternatives should this outbreak expand, we encourage you to register for our events and continue with your fundraising, advocacy, and awareness efforts. We will continue to assess the situation as the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and community at large are of the upmost importance to us.
Please note that due to the reliance on venue availability and volunteer consideration, some of our local affiliate meetings, groups, and/or events have been canceled, while others are going on as scheduled. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL AFFILIATE to check on whether the meeting or event will still be taking place.
NAMI NC would also like to share the following links to helpful articles concerning mental health and the Cornavirus:
Please note that you can also connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free crisis support via text 24 hours a day by texting NAMI to 741-741.)
Lastly, there have been reports of false information circulating on social media. It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Please refer to their websites for the latest on FAQ answers, testing updates, the NC COVID-19 call center number, and other information.
As always, we wish you good mental and physical health and hope you will be in touch with us about mental health questions or concerns you may have.
Garry J. Crites, Executive Director
NAMI North Carolina