Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. In 2008, July was established as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to start changing this. This week we are spotlighting African American Mental Health as part of this initiative. As over [...]
NAMI Durham sponsors a Support Group specifically for African Americans every Thursday. The group is held virtually via ZOOM so you can participate from wherever you are. For more information about this support group click here.
Thursdays with NAMI - July 22, 2021-7 p.m. Hannah Carroll has lots of mental health credentials. She is a state trainer for the NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group program, a certified Peer Support Specialist, and a Mental Health First Aid instructor. Since joining NAMI Cumberland, Harnett, and Lee Counties in 1999 she has served as secretary, membership coordinator, and Affiliate Delegate to the National Convention… just to name a few. Today [...]
On Thursday, July 22th at noon, join in a discussion on Race & Mental Health in the Black Community with keynote speaker, Victor Armstrong, Director of the NC Division of Mental Health. In addition to Victor Armstrong, a distinguished panel representing the government, mental health and faith communities will be featured in this important event. The panel includes Sheriff Garry L. McFadden, Christine Zazzaro, Dr. Samantha Suffren, Pamela Price, and Ron [...]
Word continues to get out about NAMI NC's wonderful Helpline service! Last year NAMI NC received approximately 2,000 inquiries from individuals seeking help with all issues mental health-related. While this is not a professional counseling service, our Helpline is here to provide callers with various mental health information, the warm support they need, and/or to suggest partner agencies that may be able to provide more specialized assistance. Could you or someone [...]
People throughout North Carolina and throughout the country have benefited from telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect telehealth to remain essential for individuals who can’t make in-person visits for various reasons (ongoing health challenges, lack of transportation, work commitments, child care needs, etc.). With this in mind, NAMI NC urges Congress to support the following bipartisan legislation: 1. The Permanency for Audio-Only Telehealth Act (H.R. 3447), which would continue to [...]
Thanks to EVERYONE who has been participating in NAMIWalks, our biggest awareness and fundraising event of the year! Together we have raised over $130,000, about $20,000 short of our goal to fund our life-changing mental health programs. Won't you help to push us over the top?! It's easy to donate, and for you registered participants still working on your fundraising goals, remember the Walk deadline for donations to count towards the Walk [...]
Now she advocates for those with mental illness in the criminal justice system... When the hallucinations started, Olachi Tiffany Etoh says she could see stars raining into her hands. Then 24, college educated and working for a Fortune 500 company, she fled her office and began wandering streets on the city’s Northwest Side before winding up at O’Hare International Airport. Etoh had been battling mental health issues for years, somehow finding [...]
In 2014, psychologists at the University of Virginia conducted a simple experiment to showcase the power of the human mind. They placed subjects in a room by themselves with no distractions for roughly 10 minutes, letting them be alone with their thoughts. Given the infinite possibilities that our imaginations hold, it aimed to promote the sheer pleasures we can derive from just thinking. For full news item click here
The Demise of Cardinal Innovations: How a State-Mandated Mental Health Organization Failed in Slow Motion
Supporters still say that the managed care model can work for mental health, but Cardinal’s organizational culture had issues from the beginning. For full news item click here.