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IN THE NEWS: NAMI North Carolina

September 20, 2016

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

    Hundreds are invited to discuss how to create a memorial on the site of the capitol’s now-shuttered psychiatric hospital.

    Raleigh, NC (N C HEALTH NEWS): The Raleigh property that once housed Dorothea Dix Hospital has had a storied history over the past century and a half: psychiatric hospital, retreat for the vulnerable, home to staff and their families, resting grounds for the unclaimed dead, training facility, center of health care innovation.

    But how will it be remembered? Read More

    All current members are encouraged to vote online for the NAMI NC By-laws. Online ballots must be received by Tuesday, September 20.

    View the bylaws as a PDF

    Vote Online

    You will need your unique NAMI ID number to vote. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact Lori Matteson at 919-788-0801 or lmatteson@naminc.org.

    Ballots must be received by Tuesday, September 20 or you may vote at the Annual Meeting being held at the NAMI NC Statewide Read More

    A recent survey reports that 47% of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27% college dropout rate in the U.S. overall.  Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70% more likely to drop out of college than students with no psychiatric diagnosis.

    My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his junior year of college. I was devastated by what I perceived to be the loss of hope for his future, but he was Read More

    North Carolinians from Buncombe County to Little Washington, with a stake in the consumer side of mental health care, had some sharp questions last week for the state Department of Health and Human Services about coverage provided by state- and Medicaid-funded managed care organizations provide.

    The occasion was the monthly meeting of the state Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (CFAC), an oversight body that has corresponding committees across the state.

    The committees provide mental health care consumers and their relatives Read More

    NAMI NC seeks to recognize the individuals, affiliates, volunteers, partners, legislators, and organizations who have worked tirelessly to support our mission of promoting recovery and optimizing the quality of life for North Carolinians with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy, and research. For individual awards, any member, non-member, or affiliate may nominate someone for an award.

    There are several award categories that are considered. Please review the eligible award categories listed here and complete the Read More

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