It’s hard to believe that only six years ago the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws banning same sex marriage. What a milestone. But. Stigma is still a fact of life, and the FBI reports that hate crimes related to sexual and gender identity are on the rise. Meanwhile state governments are taking up anti-LGBTQ legislation at an alarming rate. How are things going in North Carolina? How much does [...]
Interested in making a difference? NAMI NC’s 2021 Advocacy Day is scheduled for June 11th. While advocacy is important throughout the year, this day is dedicated to energizing and mobilizing everyone in our state that wants to improve mental health care in North Carolina—so mark your calendars! Informative, educational, and motivational speakers for this event will include State Senators and mental health advocates. This year, Advocacy Day is a virtual event beginning at 1pm [...]
Stormy, the NHL Hurricanes’ mascot, is one of many that are cheering all of us on to achieve our Goals - and he's not just talking about the Canes quest for the Stanley Cup! His video can be seen here. #NAMIWalksNC is all about #MentalHealthforAll, insuring all know they are #NotAlone, and helping to pave a better path for mental health in North Carolina. We are getting closer towards achieving [...]
CURED! Documentary Screening: Virtual and in-person event at the newly renovated Dix Chapel Whether you choose to participate from the comfort of your home or come down to Dix Park in Raleigh, please join us for a screening of CURED! This film is a documentary of the pivotal, yet largely unknown campaign that led the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973. Here [...]
NAMI Wake County, NAMI NC, and the LGBT Center of Raleigh sponsor a, virtual support group designed specifically for LGBTQ young adults 18 and older with mental health conditions. The support group is free, confidential, and peer-led by trained people, also with mental health conditions. The group takes place virtually on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 6-7:30 pm. Click here for more information!
NIMH hosted a livestream event on Friday, May 21, 2021, covering an overview of the signs and symptoms, proper diagnosis, and treatments for BPD. They also discussed the latest research on BPD and some of the challenges that the coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak has presented for individuals living with BPD For link to a transcript and recording of this event , click here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges and exacerbated existing disparities in internet access. We need high-speed internet access to conduct school, work, and business, but the cost of broadband keeps many families across our state offline. In response, Congress passed a COVID-19 relief package in December 2020 that created a new FCC program to help low-income families access the internet – the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. Registration and info [...]
Black therapists say the spike in demand from Black clients for the last year has been difficult — and in some ways surprising and even hopeful. For full news item click here.
During a work session Thursday, Durham City Council members debated over resources for the Durham Police Department, and the creation of a new Community Safety Department, aimed at hiring mental health counselors to respond to certain calls instead of traditional law enforcement. For link to the film and full news item click here.
NAMI and its affiliates have adapted many NAMI programs to meet the needs of maintaining a social distance between participants during the pandemic. Highlights of our virtual and online programs are listed below. VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUP AND CLASS OPTIONS: Several NC affiliates are offering virtual support groups and classes. Please click here to access descriptions and a listing of available programs. COMMUNITY INCLUSION CONVERSATIONS, Click here for more information. FREE Psychiatric Advance [...]