It is with sadness that we announce the resignation of our Young Families Program Director, Jennifer Rothman. Jennifer has been with NAMI NC for 8 years and in her tenure has helped to build a foundation for our organization. From the work she has done raising awareness of the needs of children and families who are struggling with the lived experience of mental illness to her leadership in the State Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families.

Jennifer worked tirelessly to build relationships and to be a force for change in NC. We will miss Jen’s laughter and energy in the state office but know she is out there creating change and being the great advocate she is for all of our members. Thank you, deeply and profoundly, Jennifer for your commitment and years of service to NAMI NC. Best of luck to you and may the winds carry you far in your journey.

NAMI North Carolina is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering support, education, advocacy, and public awareness to those affected by mental illness and their families.  We are seeking a Program Coordinator to join our team.  We are a statewide organization with our office located in Raleigh.  We are seeking someone with at least a year of experience in program management and communication with participants.  NAMI NC has seven signature programs at this time and wants this to grow.  This position has contact with our national office and the 29 local affiliates.  It requires travel, at times, and overnight stays.  This position has elements of public speaking and presentations and the candidate should be comfortable in those roles.  This is a contract to permanent position with full benefits upon completion of contract period.

How to Apply:

Please submit resume, cover letter, a separate list of three professional references, and salary history to Jack Register, Executive Director, at jregister@naminc.org.  NAMI NC is an affirming organization and seeks candidates who represent the full and diverse communities we serve.  Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

NAMI North Carolina is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering support, education, advocacy and public awareness to those affected by mental illness and their families. We are seeking an experienced Event Specialist to join our team. We are a statewide organization with our office located in Raleigh. We are seeking someone with at least a year of experience to plan, execute and grow NAMI NC events. Your experience should be documented in a portfolio. This is a contract to permanent position with full benefits upon completion of contract period. During the interview process we will ask for a portfolio of previous events. NAMI NC is an affirming organization and seeks candidates who represent the full and diverse communities we serve. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

How to Apply:

Please submit resume, cover letter, a separate list of three professional references and salary history to Jack Register, Executive Director, at jregister@naminc.org.

NAMI North Carolina is incredibly honored to have been recognized by Representative George Holding of U.S. House of Representatives (13th District–Wake Forest, Nashville, Willow Spring) during his speech on the House floor. He talked about Mental Health Awareness Month and the importance of mental health care during his house speech. Thank you, Rep Holding!

NAMI NC executive director Jack Register was interviewed on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now program about the Mental Health Crisis in North Carolina. The three-part series examines some possible solutions to some of the common obstacles people with mental illnesses face on their road to recovery. View the segment here.

NAMI North Carolina was invited by the Department of Health and Human Services to participate in the ceremony of the initial signing over of the Dorthea Dix property to the City of Raleigh. Attendance included DHHS administration, Governor McCrory’s cabinet and the Governor, City of Raleigh staff and Mayor McFarlane, many other advocacy organizations, as well as other interested parties. This event was the second step in the process to officially deed the property over to the city. This event was one was a celebration and looking to the future as this property will serve as a destination park for the city. We, however, have and will continue to publically grieve this loss and we need the leaders of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Governor to know that this loss is one we do not take lightly.

To us, the land was a public commitment by both the state and federal government to ensure services for those living with mental illness were available. We are an organization of families, consumers, and advocates who struggle daily with the consequences of psychiatric disorders and diseases. We are the community who came to Dix in the past for care and to find hope. Many who are familiar with the work of NAMI NC know that the loss of the Dix property was quite devastating to our community.

Our ask is two-fold:

  1. First, we seek a public ceremony to honor the legacy of Dorthea Dix as well as the many lives that have been directly affected by mental illness in our state.
  2. Second, we seek assurance from both the state and the City of Raleigh that there will be protections for the cemetery as well a memorial erected on the property.

We acknowledge the guarantee made by the Governor and DHHS to honor the legacy of Dorothea Dix. NAMI NC’s commitment is to monitor and hold the Governor and DHHS to their publically stated commitment to ensure the proceeds will go to the Mental Health Trust Fund and that those funds will be used for mental health services.

NAMI NC is asking all to take the StigmaFree Pledge

RALEIGH, NC (May 6, 2015) – May is Mental Health Awareness Month and is an opportunity to learn both about mental health as part of overall health and the need to be alert to symptoms of mental illness. Unfortunately, stigma, access to care and other issues can be barriers to treatment.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness North Carolina (NAMI NC) wants everyone to know that one in five adults experience mental health problems every year, which can contribute to the onset of serious medical conditions such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

“During Mental Health Awareness Month, everyone should take the time to learn symptoms of mental illness and make changes to eliminate stigma,” said Jack Register, MSW, Executive Director of NAMI NC “Early identification and treatment makes a big difference in successful management of the illness and a quicker recovery.”

Stigma remains a barrier to care and it can make one’s mental health condition worse in the long run. Stigma reduces mental health consumers’ access to resources and opportunities and leads to low self-esteem, isolation and hopelessness.

Research shows that by ignoring the symptoms of mental health conditions, we lose ten years in which we could intervene in order to change people’s lives for the better. During most of these years most people still have supports that allow them to succeed—home, family, friends, school and work. Intervening effectively during early stages of mental illness can save lives and change the trajectories of people living with mental illnesses.

Each illness has its own set of symptoms but some common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following:

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don’t exist in objective reality)
  • Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (“lack of insight” or anosognosia)
  • Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
  • Thinking about suicide
  • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
  • An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance (mostly in adolescents)

“NAMI hopes everyone will take steps to recognize the signs of mental illness and pledge to be stigma free” said Register. “It is a time to end the silence and stigma surrounding mental illness that too often discourages people from getting help when they need it.”

NAMI’s StigmaFree campaign urges individuals, companies, organizations and campuses to create an American culture in which the stigma that is often associated with mental health conditions is ended and replaced by hope and support for recovery. To take the NAMI StigmaFree pledge, visit nami.org/stigmafree.

For more than 30 years, NAMI North Carolina has provided free support groups, education programs, and advocacy efforts throughout North Carolina. NAMI NC is the state’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to promoting recovery and optimizing the quality of life for those living with mental illness. Founded in 1984, NAMI NC has become North Carolina’s voice on mental illness, serving 30 local affiliates across North Carolina, who join together to meet the NAMI mission. For more information on programs, our advocacy efforts and the 30 affiliate organizations in North Carolina, visit our website at naminc.org.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness North Carolina (NAMI NC) held its eleventh annual NAMIWalks on Saturday, May 2 at Dorothea Dix Campus in Raleigh. NAMIWalks is a 2.3 mile walk to raise awareness and support for North Carolinians living with mental illness. Proceeds from the walk will be used for critical mental health programs, education, support and advocacy.

This year’s NAMIWalks brought together over 1,400 mental health consumers, family members and friends, volunteers, mental health professionals, and private and corporate sponsors from across the state. The walk, which began at 10 a.m., included family fun, featuring bounce houses, prizes, corn hole, refreshments, music, and more.

“One in five Americans are affected by mental illness and one in 20 adults experience a serious mental illness in a given year. We know that mental illness can substantially interfere with or limit day-to-day life,” said Jack Register, MSW, Executive Director of NAMI NC.

“NAMIWalks brings the community together to raise awareness that recovery is possible and treatments work, and to raise support for vital services. It is time to focus on the need for an improved mental health system, which recognizes signs of mental illness and provides quick access to services.”

NAMIWalks fundraising efforts will continue until June 22—it’s not too late to raise money for this important cause. To donate, visit namiwalks.org/northcarolina. For more information visit namiwalks.org/northcarolina, or call 919-788-0801 or email Robin Kellogg at rkellogg@naminc.org.

Thank you to Governor Pat McCrory; the Mayor of Chapel Hill Mark Kleinschmidt; the Mayor of Charlotte, Daniel Clodfelter; the Mayor of Durham Bill Bell; the Mayor of Hillsborough, Tom Stevens; the Mayor of Raleigh, Nancy McFarlane; and the Mayor of Winston-Salem, Allen Joines, for issuing proclamations recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month!

You can read the North Carolina proclamation here.

You can read the Chapel Hill proclamation here.

You can read the Charlotte proclamation here.

You can read the Durham proclamation here.

You can read the Hillsborough proclamation here.

You can read the Raleigh proclamation here.

You can read the Winston-Salem proclamation here.

To find out more about activities going on this month, click here.

NAMI NC executive director, Jack Register, was invited to speak with Caroline Blair at TWC News 14 Carolina to talk about NAMIWalks and important issues facing our community.

Click here to view the video.

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