NAMI NC is proud to announce that Joanne P. McCallie, the renowned former head coach of the Duke University women’s basketball team, will be live on Thursdays with NAMI this week and serve as the Honorary Walk Chair for NAMIWalks Your Way NC, a virtual event designed to raise Mental Health awareness and resources.
McCallie, affectionately known as Coach P, recently publicly disclosed that she has been a “secret warrior” in a mental health battle of her own. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 30, she speaks from direct experience about the need for more education, personal stories, action, and an overall change to the narrative about behavioral health.
“Mental Health has always needed more resources and attention in our communities,” stated McCallie. After choosing not to continue coaching at Duke, I now have the time to take my experiences and dedicate energies towards ‘coaching at a wider level’ – including working on important mental health awareness efforts such as NAMIWalks. NAMI NC depends on NAMIWalks as a significant means to raise funds that support their free programs and advocacy efforts.”
Coach P continues, “I’m happy to help raise awareness around mental health and its impact on our families and neighbors throughout the state. This event is designed to be a fun way to raise awareness while participating in activities that are healthy for your body and mind. Raising funds is also a significant component. You might say it’s a “Fun-raiser” for much needed resources.”
Coach P will be live to talk about her experiences on Thursdays with NAMI, this Thursday, February 25th and also be featured at the NAMIWalks Launch event on March 5th.