Congressman Paul Tonko advanced his bipartisan Medicaid Reentry Act on Friday as part of the COVID-19 relief budget reconciliation bill. The bill allows states to restore Medicaid eligibility for incarcerated individuals up to 30 days before their release. This will ensure they will have access to services including mental health support, addiction treatment and COVID testing. For full news item click here.
When a world in pandemic shut down, the mental health professionals did not. They kept working, many more than ever, counseling patients on how to survive something they'd never seen before, something they feared themselves. They counseled while the virus ravaged their neighborhoods, with their children in the background, through months of racial unrest and a presidential election that was the most polarizing in many of our lifetimes. Full article can [...]
Many recording artists struggle to cope with the trappings of fame. In South Korea, as in many cultures, talking about mental health issues is seen as taboo, causing K-pop stars to grapple with depression and mental illness on their own. Click here for full news item.
Schizophrenia patients who contract COVID-19 have a significantly increased risk of dying compared with patients without psychiatric disorders, a new study suggests. For 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 [...]
While negative attitudes and beliefs towards people who live with mental health conditions are pervasive within the U.S., they can be particularly strong within the Black community. One study showed that 63% of Black people believe that a mental health condition is a sign of personal weakness. While there are other factors, overcoming or even reducing this stigma, is a big step towards improving the rate of treatment for those experiencing [...]
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from UNC Greensboro, Carlita Victoria moved to New York and got a job... As a performer, not a waitress. Before long she was working off Broadway and climbing toward her goals. But beneath the stage lights and glamour she noticed something missing: Her joy. Soon her mood slid from not happy to sad. Then suicidal. After getting help from mental health professionals and [...]
At the start of this new year, NAMI NC promoted resolving to take a Pledge to Prioritize Your Mental Health. As an element of this, we encouraged becoming a part of our community as a NAMI member. In January alone, we had 162 North Carolinians join or renew their membership—connecting them to a network that provides life-saving information, support, and education. One lucky person, “Mary,” also won a self care package worth [...]
Every year, NAMI NC hosts its biggest fundraiser and mental health awareness event - NAMIWalks. There are many ways you can make a difference via NAMIWalks: as a sponsor, sponsor recruiter, team captain, team member, individual walker, virtual walker, or walk day volunteer! Thinking about forming a team for the NAMI Walks Your Way? Besides making an impact on mental health your your community, there are other rewards. For one, all [...]
NAMI NC's Garry Crites contributes to this important article from The Charlotte Ledger on Teen Mental health during the pandemic For full news item click here.