Thursdays with NAMI

Every Thursday, from 7pm-8:30pm, NAMI NC’s Director of Programs, Peg Morrison will host a different video conferencing session covering topics of meditation, healthy coping skills, and other topics of interest to your mental health.

Sessions usually feature special guests speaking about that week’s topic.  You may even see NAMI NC’s mascot – Roxie, make an appearance!



8/6 – The Parent Perspective: Back to School in Uncertain Times

The start of school brings thoughts of new notebooks and reconnecting with friends. It can also mean increased anxiety, insomnia, and Individual Education Programs. Not to mention the impact of COVID-19. Join our Back-to-School discussion with parents whose kids have mental health challenges. NAMI Basics Teachers Lucy Cifre and Amy Robertson will share what they have learned from their own experiences and from other parents.

8/13 – Cherene Caraco: What Is a Recovery Movement, and Does NC Have One?

Cherene Caraco is founder and CEO of Promise Resource Network in Charlotte, the first organization in the state run by and for persons who live with mental health and/or substance use challenges. What trends are affecting PRN members’ self-determination, recovery, and support? We’ll discuss that question and the Recovery Movement in general.

8/20 – Recovery’s Best Friend: NAMI South Mountain’s Emotional Support Dog Team

Studies show that dogs reduce stress, anxiety and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise, and improve all-around health. Join us to learn how one NAMI affiliate found a way to pair rescue dogs and individuals living with mental illness.

8/27 – Larry Wanucha Speaks Candidly About Living with Schizophrenia

As a young man Larry Wanucha wandered the streets of New York City alone, thinking he might be Jesus Christ. Today the Ohio resident holds a master’s degree, owns a home, and works with others who struggle as he once did. He is also a talented painter of abstract art. Join us to learn more about his long and winding road to recovery.

9/3 – With Community Inclusion, Social Fabrics Embrace Folks with Mental Illness 

Research suggests that loneliness and isolation are as bad for one’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Community Inclusion focuses on how individuals with mental illness can find natural supports and things to do with others in their community, just like everyone else. Featuring thought leader Mark Salzer of Temple University’s College of Public Health, Mikayla Cardona of NAMI North Carolina, and Sabriya Dobbins of Project Passport.

Excerpts from the April 16th session can be viewed here
May 7th edition, Kody Kinsley – NC DHHS can be viewed here
May 14th edition, Family-to-Family leaders can be viewed here
May 21st edition, Virginia Rodillas Helpline manager can be viewed here
June 4th Injustice, Race, and Recovery can be viewed here
June 11th, Program Leaders, can be viewed here
June 18th, Gabe Howard, can be viewed here