The NAMI North Carolina Annual Conference will go on…rain or shine. Hurricane Matthew’s forecasted track has shifted. Current news reports show the hurricane is expected to brush the North Carolina coast and could still bring damaging winds Saturday. NAMI NC is not responsible for problems beyond our control such as weather conditions, road conditions, parking, etc. Because NAMI NC makes financial obligations based on the number of registrations sold, we cannot refund registrations unless the event is canceled in which Read More
Kay Warren Opposed Halloween Haunted House ‘FearVR’ Closes Amid Complaints From Mental Health Advocates
A recently closed Halloween-themed attraction that was opposed by Kay Warren, wife of Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, and others for stigmatizing people who live with mental illness is garnering new support in the form of an online petition calling for its reopening.
Earlier this week, it was announced that FearVR was going to be closed by the Buena Park, California-based Knott’s Berry Farm in response to outcry over its portrayal of a character suffering from mental Read More
Buffy and Ernie Goodban watched helplessly for months as a mood disorder took control of their 14-year-old daughter Andrea.
In March, she flooded the family’s North Carolina home, causing more than $40,000 in damage. But more importantly, her mother said, “She was hurting her brothers; she was threatening to harm herself. One day, she ran for the scissors as she was saying she was going to cut her wrists.”
That’s when the Goodbans rushed Andrea to the nearest emergency room, and that’s Read More
Pictures. One of the key ways that we communicate with one another. They amaze. Shock. Share realities different from our own. Like the picture of the small child sitting alone in an ambulance after a bombing in Aleppo. I avoided seeing that picture for days because I did not want one more image of a child I could not help etched on my brain.
There is one picture, though, that you will not Read More
Imagine you were being sent away to a mental institution, something that happened frequently through the twentieth century to people with maladies ranging from depression to severe psychiatric illness.
What would you bring with you?
That’s a question answered by photographs of hundreds of patient suitcases, some stored more than eighty years at upstate New York’s Willard Psychiatric Center with their contents intact. These silent testimonials were forgotten until the hospital’s decommissioning, when the suitcases were discovered in the attic.
Since 2011, Jon Read More