NAMI Weekly News

Mark your calendars! This year’s NAMIWalks will be on May 18th, 2019, at Dorothea Dix park. We are so excited to see you there! If you have questions about walking, volunteering, or sponsoring, please email pmehta@naminc.org. To register your team, visit our page here.

NEW YORK TIMES PUTS PADS ON FRONT PAGE

Last week, the New York Times released a front-page article about Psychiatric Advanced Directives (PADs). This article interviews several psychiatric patients in Charlotte, and talks about how PADs have helped them and the challenges that they’ve had to overcome. We are so proud of our partners at the Crisis Navigation Project, and the NAMI affiliates in Mecklenburg, Durham, Wake and Cumberland counties for all their hard work in making this happen!

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS!

Faith Connections on Mental Illness is seeking nominations for the 2019 Barbara and Grove Elder Community Servant Award. If you know a local individual, team, or organization whose exemplary service has significantly advanced the ability of people affected by mental illness to lead fulfilling, productive lives, visit this website to nominate them!

News from around the Web

4,000 mental health workers protesting Kaiser Permanente

Yesterday, thousands of psychologists, therapists, social workers and psychiatric nurses will began a five-day strike against Kaiser Permanente at more than 100 facilities across California. The mental healthcare workers are demanding that Kaiser, one of the nation’s largest non-profit HMOs devote more resources to mental health services. They are demanding that Kaiser increase staffing to reduce the length of time patients must wait for an appointment, reduce the number of patients sent to non-Kaiser therapists, and increase the ratio of returning patients to intake patients. This article has more about the protests and Kaiser’s response.

Michael Bloomberg donates $50 Million To Address The Opioid Crisis

On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency. In response, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg wrote in an opinion piece for Bloomberg news, “the opioid epidemic is now a full-blown national crisis, yet the federal government continues to dawdle.” To take it a step further, Bloomberg announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies will invest $50 million to help up to 10 states over the next three years tackle the opioid crisis. To read more about how the opioid crisis is affecting life expectancy, and what is being done about it, read this article.

Should AI be able to predict Mental Health Issues?

Over the last few years, private companies and research studies have been investigating how to find trends in social media posts that might be able to identify people who are struggling and prevent harmful or suicidal behaviors. However, as development moves into creating interventions, questions are coming up about how much can be done without trained professional input, and what this means in terms of privacy. To read more about it, check out his article here.

Upcoming Events

Certified Peer Support Specialist Training

Attention Veterans: Are you interested in becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist? Are you a NAMI member? If you answered “yes” to these questions, view the N.C. Peer Support Specialist Program training schedule here. NAMI NC is offering a limited number of scholarships to help cover the costs associated with the trainings. Please contact Virginia Rodillas at vhrodillas@naminc.org to learn more.

NAMI Homefront Online Courses

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, starting Jan. 7 OR

Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST, starting Jan. 8

Registration for NAMI Homefront Online is now open. NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions.

To register, sign up here.

 

NEW YORK TIMES PUTS PADS ON FRONT PAGE

Last week, the New York Times released a front-page article about Psychiatric Advanced Directives (PADs). This article interviews several psychiatric patients in Charlotte, and talks about how PADs have helped them and the challenges that they’ve had to overcome. We are so proud of our partners at the Crisis Navigation Project, and the NAMI affiliates in Mecklenburg, Durham, Wake and Cumberland counties for all their hard work in making this happen!

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS!

Faith Connections on Mental Illness is seeking nominations for the 2019 Barbara and Grove Elder Community Servant Award. If you know a local individual, team, or organization whose exemplary service has significantly advanced the ability of people affected by mental illness to lead fulfilling, productive lives, visit this website to nominate them!

News from around the Web

4,000 mental health workers protesting Kaiser Permanente

Yesterday, thousands of psychologists, therapists, social workers and psychiatric nurses will began a five-day strike against Kaiser Permanente at more than 100 facilities across California. The mental healthcare workers are demanding that Kaiser, one of the nation’s largest non-profit HMOs devote more resources to mental health services. They are demanding that Kaiser increase staffing to reduce the length of time patients must wait for an appointment, reduce the number of patients sent to non-Kaiser therapists, and increase the ratio of returning patients to intake patients. This article has more about the protests and Kaiser’s response.

Michael Bloomberg donates $50 Million To Address The Opioid Crisis

On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency. In response, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg wrote in an opinion piece for Bloomberg news, “the opioid epidemic is now a full-blown national crisis, yet the federal government continues to dawdle.” To take it a step further, Bloomberg announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies will invest $50 million to help up to 10 states over the next three years tackle the opioid crisis. To read more about how the opioid crisis is affecting life expectancy, and what is being done about it, read this article.

Should AI be able to predict Mental Health Issues?

Over the last few years, private companies and research studies have been investigating how to find trends in social media posts that might be able to identify people who are struggling and prevent harmful or suicidal behaviors. However, as development moves into creating interventions, questions are coming up about how much can be done without trained professional input, and what this means in terms of privacy. To read more about it, check out his article here.

Upcoming Events

Certified Peer Support Specialist Training

Attention Veterans: Are you interested in becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist? Are you a NAMI member? If you answered “yes” to these questions, view the N.C. Peer Support Specialist Program training schedule here. NAMI NC is offering a limited number of scholarships to help cover the costs associated with the trainings. Please contact Virginia Rodillas at vhrodillas@naminc.org to learn more.

NAMI Homefront Online Courses

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, starting Jan. 7 OR

Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST, starting Jan. 8

Registration for NAMI Homefront Online is now open. NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions.

To register, sign up here.

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES PUTS PADS ON FRONT PAGE

Last week, the New York Times released a front-page article about Psychiatric Advanced Directives (PADs). This article interviews several psychiatric patients in Charlotte, and talks about how PADs have helped them and the challenges that they’ve had to overcome. We are so proud of our partners at the Crisis Navigation Project, and the NAMI affiliates in Mecklenburg, Durham, Wake and Cumberland counties for all their hard work in making this happen!

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS!

Faith Connections on Mental Illness is seeking nominations for the 2019 Barbara and Grove Elder Community Servant Award. If you know a local individual, team, or organization whose exemplary service has significantly advanced the ability of people affected by mental illness to lead fulfilling, productive lives, visit this website to nominate them!

News from around the Web

4,000 mental health workers protesting Kaiser Permanente

Yesterday, thousands of psychologists, therapists, social workers and psychiatric nurses will began a five-day strike against Kaiser Permanente at more than 100 facilities across California. The mental healthcare workers are demanding that Kaiser, one of the nation’s largest non-profit HMOs devote more resources to mental health services. They are demanding that Kaiser increase staffing to reduce the length of time patients must wait for an appointment, reduce the number of patients sent to non-Kaiser therapists, and increase the ratio of returning patients to intake patients. This article has more about the protests and Kaiser’s response.

Michael Bloomberg donates $50 Million To Address The Opioid Crisis

On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency. In response, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg wrote in an opinion piece for Bloomberg news, “the opioid epidemic is now a full-blown national crisis, yet the federal government continues to dawdle.” To take it a step further, Bloomberg announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies will invest $50 million to help up to 10 states over the next three years tackle the opioid crisis. To read more about how the opioid crisis is affecting life expectancy, and what is being done about it, read this article.

Should AI be able to predict Mental Health Issues?

Over the last few years, private companies and research studies have been investigating how to find trends in social media posts that might be able to identify people who are struggling and prevent harmful or suicidal behaviors. However, as development moves into creating interventions, questions are coming up about how much can be done without trained professional input, and what this means in terms of privacy. To read more about it, check out his article here.

Upcoming Events

Certified Peer Support Specialist Training

Attention Veterans: Are you interested in becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist? Are you a NAMI member? If you answered “yes” to these questions, view the N.C. Peer Support Specialist Program training schedule here. NAMI NC is offering a limited number of scholarships to help cover the costs associated with the trainings. Please contact Virginia Rodillas at vhrodillas@naminc.org to learn more.

NAMI Homefront Online Courses

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, starting Jan. 7 OR

Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST, starting Jan. 8

Registration for NAMI Homefront Online is now open. NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions.

To register, sign up here.