The NAMI NC office is closed today, February 26, due to to inclement weather. Many of the staff members will be working from home. Please email us if you need anything. You can find our contact information here. Please check back tomorrow for our office status.


The 2015 NAMIWalks Team Captain Kickoff Luncheon will be held March 5, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Brier Creek Country Club (9400 Club Hill Drive, Raleigh, NC).

​Who should attend:

  • First time Team Captains
  • Repeat Team Captains
  • Anyone interested in becoming a Team Captain
    • Looking for a way to re-engage, or increase your involvement?  Join us!
  • Past, current and potential NAMIWalks Sponsors

Join us as we celebrate our seasoned Team Captains and welcome new Team Captains to one of the nation’s largest community events raising awareness of and funds for mental illness. 2015 is off to a great start and we’re looking forward to making this the BEST year yet!!!  Won’t you join us for our Back to the Future themed event?? RSVP to rkellogg@naminc.org.

NAMIWalks is the largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in America! Through NAMIWalks’ public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, we are changing how Americans view persons with a mental illness. This is leading to ensuring that help and hope are available for those in need. Please join us as we improve lives and our communities one step at a time.

The 2015 CIT Conference was featured on WRAL news. Four hundred and fifty attendees from throughout the state attended the conference. The theme of the event, “Our Time is Now: Building the Bridge Together,” highlighted the importance of bridging the space between law enforcement and mental health to more effectively serve those experiencing a crisis.

Click here to watch the segment.

Time Warner Cable News anchor Caroline Blair discusses children and mental health with Jennifer Rothman, Young Families Program Director for their Fit Kids February segment. Watch the clip here.

RALEIGH, NC (February 5, 2015) – The National Alliance on Mental Illness North Carolina (NAMI NC) will be holding the 2015 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Conference on February 10, 2015. The conference will take place at the Jane S. McKimmon Center in Raleigh from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. NC Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry and NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos will be in attendance.

Over 500 attendees, including law enforcement professionals, will be attending from throughout the state. The theme of the event, “Our Time is Now: Building the Bridge Together,” highlights the importance of bridging the space between law enforcement and mental health to more effectively serve those experiencing a crisis.

The Statewide CIT Conference is part of the national CIT jail diversion program aimed at teaching law enforcement to identify–and effectively and compassionately respond to–police situations involving people in a mental health crisis. The conference will provide opportunities for collaborations that move us toward common goals of safety, understanding and services to those with mental illness in crisis.

“Police are often the first-line responders when someone experiences a psychiatric crisis and displays symptoms of their illness,” said Jack Register, MSW, Executive Director of NAMI NC. “That’s why it’s important for law enforcement to recognize the signs of mental illness in order to avoid unnecessary arrests or costly emergency services.

“Once incarcerated, people with mental illnesses often do not receive the treatments and services they need, are vulnerable to abuse, and have difficulty reconnecting with services on release. For many, the result is years of cycling through the criminal justice system–which is costly for communities, a burden on police and corrections officers, and tragic for people with mental illnesses and their families.”

Sheriff Sam Page, a leader in CIT growth in North Carolina, will be providing the Keynote address. In 1998 he was elected Sheriff of Rockingham County, and has 30 plus years of experience in law enforcement. Sheriff Page is responsible for the rewrite of the Basic Law Enforcement Training Curriculum in 2012 that emphasizes de-escalation and positive strategies.

The conference is made possible through funding from the Governor’s Crime Commission. Planning was done in coordination with the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.

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 34 local affiliates across North Carolina, who join together to meet the NAMI mission. For more information on programs, our advocacy efforts and the 34 affiliate organizations in North Carolina, visit our website at www.naminc.org.

EducationNC is a new nonpartisan news source inviting you to participate in a bipartisan conversation about public schools. EdNC.org is an online platform, providing data, research, news, information, and analysis about the major trends, issues, and challenges facing our schools statewide. They will surface ideas, success stories, and statistics that will inspire us all to reconsider our assumptions about education. We hope to become your source of trusted information about education.

You may remember Mebane Rash for her research on mental health reform in North Carolina at the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.  She is the CEO of EdNC, and EdNC will be exploring the role of public schools in making sure our children have access to the mental health services they need to have access to a high-quality education.

EdNC has invited NAMI NC to contribute a monthly column.  The first one, which will run on Wednesday, February 4, is written by former executive director, Deby Dihoff, and it argues for the need for case management services. Click here to read the article.

You can also join the conversation by liking EdNC on Facebook and following EdNC on Twitter.

Please watch this video below to find out more about Education NC:

The 2015 N.C. Suicide Prevention Plan (PDF, 4.1 MB) is the result of a collaborative 16-month process among staff members within the Division of Public Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Behavior, and the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. NAMI North Carolina has endorsed this plan along with 45 other organizations.

Utilizing the input of approximately 180 diverse suicide prevention stakeholders, the plan’s primary purpose is to empower all North Carolinians with knowledge and to highlight examples of the actions they can take to reduce suicide. An Executive Summary (PDF, 845 KB) of the plan and a presentation of data (PDF, 672 KB) included in the plan are also available.

RALEIGH, NC (January 23, 2015) - The NAMI community in NC has great concern over the plan to sell the Dix property.  The history of the Dix property is significant not only to North Carolinians, but to the nation as well.  This property demonstrates the long history of public commitment to the care of those living with and in recovery from mental illness.  As a collective community, we would like to express our strong views on this topic.

We believe that a portion of the property should be set aside to honor the history of Dorothea Dix and her commitment to supporting those with mental illness.  She created a place that was a center for excellence in her time.  It should continue as a monument to that important national history, as well as a center for excellence for today that is dedicated to research and training.

We also understand the intent of the legislature to use the money from the sale for mental health services.  We agree with this sentiment, and request that strong controls be placed on the use of the money.  It should not supplant existing expenditures, and the Governor must ensure accountability for every penny to be used for new functions related to mental health.  In the past, promises have been made that have not been kept.  We ask that this legislature go down in history as the legislature who recognized this historic property and ensured that this time, money will be used for mental health needs.  To ensure that the public has input into where these public funds go, we request that a panel of consumers and family members be allowed to review and recommend possible avenues for expenditures from the sale of this property.

For 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 34 local affiliates across North Carolina, who join together to meet the NAMI mission. For more information on programs, our advocacy efforts and the 34 affiliate organizations in North Carolina, visit our website at www.naminc.org

Embracing Troubled Minds: The Role of Faith Communities
Sponsored By Faith Connections on Mental Illness
St. Thomas More
Chapel Hill, NC
Friday, April 10, 2015
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • State behaviors that evidence stigmas and fears toward those with mental illness.
  • Apply 10 Steps for starting a Mental Health Ministry.
  • Implement a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaging (WISE) Covenant for Mental Health in their congregations.
  • Explain the step-by-step process for starting a spiritual support group.
  • Identify local resources for enhancing mental health ministry and care.

For more information, contact:

919.942.6227; faithconnectmi@aol.com

www.faithconnectionsonmentalillness.org

Click here to download a registration brochure.

Join us for a FREE community event featuring a full concert, networking, and recognizing stand-out 2014 NAMIWalks participants. Learn how you can become a part of the 2015 NAMIWalks movement!

Friday, January 30, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Networking: 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres | Meet and greet with Brandon McSwain and the band | Photobooth
North Carolina Prince Hall Grand Lodge Building
101 East Main Street, Durham NC
(Parking available at the Church Street Parking Garage)

RSVP to Robin Kellogg at rkellogg@naminc.org or 919-788-0801.

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