*The term dual diagnosed refers to someone suffering from a mood disorder (e.g., depression) and chemical dependency.
The NC APSE (Association for People Supporting Employment First) Fall Conference “Focusing on Success!” will be held on October 8-10, 2014 in Blowing Rock, NC.
There will also be an opportunity to take the Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) Exam! The CESP Exam will be offered on October 8 from 9am -12pm before the start of the Conference. Exam registration is posted on the NCAPSE Certification page and on the APSE Web site at www.apse.org
Conference Registration and information can be found here: http://www.ncapse.org/Fall-Conference.html
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Carolina, Inc., a nonprofit grassroots organization, seeks an experienced and committed leader. This Raleigh-based position includes promoting awareness and visibility of NAMI NC; advocating in the public arena and the legislature; creating strategies for development and fundraising; program development; office management and supervision; financial management; community and public relations/advocacy and working to strengthen our affiliates across the state.
NAMI members include families, consumers, and friends of people with mental illness. The primary functions are support, education, and advocacy.
The ideal candidate is skilled and experienced as an advocate and in nonprofit management. The candidate must be articulate, organized, analytical, able to write well, build a consensus, and be well grounded in mental health services and advocacy.
Education BA/BS; MA preferred; starting salary dependent on education and relevant experience. Includes health insurance and vacation/sick leave benefits
Click here for the job description
NAMI North Carolina’s Public Policy Specialist, Nicholle Karim, was one of the guest panelists on WRAL’s “On the Record” talk show about mental health issues brought to the surface following Robin Williams’ death. Nicholle was joined by Dr. Allen Mask, and Dr. Sarah Lisanby, chair of the department of psychiatry at Duke University.
Watch the show at http://www.wral.com/wral-tv/video/13900615/#RycRyX1UgyGVs44v.99
Consumers who are living well, in recovery, with a mental illness, and who have a personal experience in jail, ability to independently get to Raleigh meetings every other month for 2 hours, and an interest and passion for this subject can apply to serve on the State Prison Advisory Committee. Interested candidates should fill out the form here and return it to the NAMI NC office (instructions provided in form) by September 18.
Helpline Manger, Gloria Harrison was featured on a WRAL news segment about the help and support NAMI NC offers in the wake of Robin Williams’ death.
NAMI NC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Robin Williams by apparent suicide. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. In North Carolina, suicide is the 8th leading cause of death among adults ages 45-64. Thoughts and behaviors related to suicide is the most common psychiatric emergency.
NAMI NC is no stranger to understanding the challenges that people with mental illness and their families face. We are here to provide support and education to those in need. Our Helpline (800-451-9682) operates Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and our 34 Affiliates throughout the state provide education and support.
Events such as these can be traumatic or triggering to some. When our society focuses on the issue of suicide, it can often bring up painful memories for suicide loss survivors. It’s important to take care of ourselves and each other. Below please find a variety of resources if you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide.
- NAMI NC Helpline: 1-800-451-9682
- NAMI support groups in your local communities
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Treatment Advocacy Center: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
- Triangle Coalition for Suicide Prevention: 919-231-4525 or toll free 1-877-235-4525
- The Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth: 1-866-488-7386
- Local LME 24 hour hotlines – Click on your county to reveal the access number
- Text for Teens
- NAMI Homefront for veterans or contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
- Steps to take if there is a suicide threat from the Treatment Advocacy Center
- North Carolina Crisis Centers by County
- Suicide help from the Healthy Place
NAMI NC is a member of the Suicide Prevention Task Force that aims to provide solutions to suicide in North Carolina. We will continue to carry out our mission to promote recovery and optimize the quality of life for those affected by mental illness, by working on important issues like suicide prevention.
Message from Board President, Mike Mayer: After eight very successful years Deby Dihoff, our Executive Director, has decided to retire at the end of this year. She will be greatly missed. Under her leadership NAMI NC has continued to grow and flourish, building on its original mission to be the grassroots voice on mental illness in this state. We are stronger than ever in our impact on public policy, our advocacy for the best possible recovery-focused services and supports, and our belief that families are partners in recovery.
We are very fortunate that we have several months to complete our search for a new Executive Director and to assure a successful transition. I have asked Carol Matthieu, a long-term member of the Board of Directors and our current Board Secretary, to lead the search committee which is currently being formed and will include representatives from all of our constituencies. We will have more information about the application process in the very near future.
The organization is in excellent shape with strong staff, and while any leadership change presents a challenge, we have confidence in both the process and the outcome. Few nonprofits have weathered the recession in such excellent fiscal shape. Please direct your comments or questions to Carol Matthieu at email@example.com.
I have had a wonderful challenge in leading NAMI NC to a new level over the past eight years, so it is with very mixed feelings that I have made the tough decision to retire as the Executive Director of NAMI North Carolina on December 31, 2014.
I am proud to have played a role in the extraordinary growth of the organization. We’ve expanded outreach, membership, diversity, our visibility within the state, the effectiveness and number of affiliates, and the sheer number of programs which has more than doubled during my tenure. With the help of the amazing team of staff, volunteers, affiliates and board members, NAMI NC has grown and is now thriving, despite the recent recession. It is wonderful to be associated with an organization that works endlessly to achieve our mission, to promote recovery and to optimize the quality of life for those affected by mental illness.
I am grateful to so many members, volunteers, and colleagues who have helped make this organization the strong entity it is today. Thank you for all of your support. And thank you for the many relationships that have been formed in doing this work. I will miss working with all of you. I can’t wait to see what is next for NAMI NC!
NAMI North Carolina is very excited to release our first public service announcement! We created a 30-second television spot, with the help of FOX 50 and Fourth Rule Films, that aims to eliminate stigma by showing that mental illness is a medical condition like any other. The television spots will be airing in August and September in FOX 50 in the Triangle Area. We’ve also created companion radio and web ads. The radio spot will be airing on MIX 101.5 and the web ads will run in the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte areas.
Watch the ad here and let us know what you think!