Psychiatric. Advance. Directive. (PAD) If you or the one you love, is affected by mental illness, addiction, or any other health condition where symptoms could result in hospitalization at a psychiatric facility, NAMI strongly recommends completing a PAD as a tool of self-advocacy and effective crisis planning.

A PAD is an advance directive that outlines someone’s preferences for a point when they can’t make mental health decisions or communicate their wishes themselves—a legal document that states YOUR wishes, for YOUR treatment.

Want to learn more about the value of a PAD and how you can put one in place for you? NAMI NC’s PADs Specialist (and Director of Public Policy), Ashish George, will be offering a 90 minute training session on March 8th. Join him to find out more about how to protect you or your loved ones. For more information and other training dates, click here.