Community Inclusion


Studies have shown that many people living with mental illness need support to feel included in the community. Lack of inclusion contributes to feelings of isolation and hampers recovery. NAMI NC’s Community Inclusion program (CI) focuses on how individuals with mental illness can find natural supports and activities with others in their community.


What is it? (Click image above for short video overview) 
Community Inclusion Conversations is a monthly, virtual discussion about Community Inclusion (CI), a movement to ensure that individuals with serious mental illness have meaningful participation in all levels of society, and how to implement it throughout the different domains of life. Each month will have a different focus area of CI.

Dr. Mark Salzer, Principle Investigator and Director of Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, and Mikayla Cardona, Affiliate and Outreach Specialist of NAMI North Carolina, will lead participants through an informal conversation about ways and methods to enhance Community Inclusion efforts. We encourage you to share your ideas, thoughts, and experiences!

Who should attend?

You! Whether you are new to Community Inclusion or if you have been doing Community Inclusion for years- all are encouraged to join!

When is it?

November Conversation: Volunteering 11/19/2020 Watch the recording here!

December Conversation: Faith Community 12/15/2020  Watch the recording here!

Register for the January Conversation to be held on January 29, 2021 at 1pm

Events are free, but registration is required. 


NAMI NC is holding a free virtual training to teach YOU how to become a Community Inclusion Champion! You will learn what Community Inclusion is, how to start a Community Inclusion project in your area, and how to develop a grant application for funding CI in your local area!
NAMI NC Affiliates that send two of their members to the CI training will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to $4,000 to create a Community Inclusion project in their area!
To apply for the training, please fill out the Community Inclusion Program Leader Application and Agreement and send to and copy your NAMI Affiliate President on the email. You can also email Mikayla at for more information.


Thanks to the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion for their resources and support for this program!