Dear Members and Friends of NAMI North Carolina—
I am sitting in my office, trying to maintain a semblance of routine in a time within our society that is anything but routine. It is an anxious time, and those of us who deal with mental health issues or love those who do, may feel that anxiety acutely.
You are not alone. NAMI North Carolina is open, and we are committed to helping you thrive in this uncertain time.
Our Helpline is open each weekday from 8:30 to 5:00 to give warm support to people who need a listening ear and help finding mental health resources.
While many of our staff are working from home, we are still available to you via email, phone, and social media. Our concern for and our commitment to you all continue without abating!
We are exploring technological resources so that we in the state office and our wonderful affiliates can continue to offer services on virtual platforms even if we can’t meet face to face. Last weekend we had a very successful training event using Zoom, which showed us the possibilities are endless!
Because the needs are greater than ever right now, we are continuing to raise funds so that those dealing with mental health issues receive the support they deserve. Soon you will be hearing of an exciting alternative to our annual NAMIWalks—the virtual NAMIWalks! We are also grateful for those of you who can continue giving on a regular basis so that we can keep our doors open and our services strong.
A few weeks ago at an out-of-state conference, I spoke to a person who was originally from the Triangle, and whose parents are still here. I told her about NAMI and the services we offer to those dealing with mental health issues. She broke into tears and said, “I think God wanted me here today.” She told me how concerned she was for a family member who was suffering from severe depression, and she was at a loss to learn what help was available. Now she knew where she could turn to get some answers. We talked for a long while, and as she walked away with hope in her eyes, I thought, “THAT is why we exist. To give hope.”
And so, dear friend, while we are all anxious, there is still hope. And we at NAMI North Carolina will be here for you each step along the way.
Garry J. Crites, Executive Director
NAMI North Carolina