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 featured on the next Thursdays with NAMI*, to be held at 7pm via video conference on Thursday, April 23rd. Register here.

Additionally, Ashish, and NAMI South Mountains President Diane Krisanda, will host a PADs virtual workshop session on April 30th. Register here.

For much more information on PADs please visit NAMI NC’s website under Support.

*Thursdays with NAMI is a live video conference session which is held on Thursday nights – see article below