NAMI Mid-Carolina works to improve the treatment and quality of life for people who live with mental illnesses, their families, and the community through education, support and advocacy. As part of this mission, NAMI Mid-Carolina has several public outreach programs.
We have a monthly Education Meeting held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Trenholm Road United Methodist Church to learn more about mental illnesses and how you can help stop the stigma associated with these illnesses.
NAMI Mid-Carolina also offers Support Groups for both those with mental illness through the NAMI Connections program, as well as families of those with mental illness through the Family Support program.
There is also a monthly newsletter called The BrainStorm. You can view our current and past issues on our website.
We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made the 2011 NAMIWalks for the Mind of America such a success this year. More than 1,100 people turned out in April to raise awareness about mental illness in our community. Thank you for helping us with our mission!
The mission of NAMI Mid-Carolina is to improve the treatment and quality of life for people who live with mental illnesses, their families, and the community through education, support and advocacy.
What Does NAMI Mid-Carolina Do?
NAMI Mid-Carolina provides programs at no charge for people with mental illnesses and for the people who love them. Programs provided include:
Family-to-Family: a 12 week class for family members
Provider Education Program: a course for treatment professionals
In Our Own Voice: Speakers who have mental illnesses that have been trained to share their stories effectively
Breaking the Silence: a program for elementary, middle and high school students.
Weekly NAMI Connection Support Groups
Weekly Family Support Groups
Monthly Community Education presentations
Efforts to decrease the stigma of mental illness
Advocacy to create effective treatment alternatives
What are Mental Illnesses?
Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders than can severely disturb a person's ability to think, feel, and interact with others. The latest scientific research shows that mental illnesses are physical disorders of the brain. Many treatments, especially medications, are available to relieve the signs and symptoms of these illnesses.
- Schizophrenia is a thought disorder with symptoms such as hearing and seeing things that aren't really there. It affects about 1 in 100 people.
- Major Depression will strike about 8% of people in their lifetime. It may show up as extreme sadness and a loss of interest in usual activities.
- Bipolar disorder (also called manic-depressive disorder) affects 1 to 2% of people, often causing severe mood swings from depression to abnormally elevated mood.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder, an anxiety disorder, affects about 2.5% of people. People with OCD show symptoms such as disturbing repetitive thoughts or behaviors.
- Other anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. These illnesses involve feelings of extreme nervousness or embarrassment and sometimes, panic attacks.
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) occurs in 3 to 5% of school-age children and causes significant problems with functioning in school or at work.
All of these are considered to be serious mental illnesses. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have one of these illnesses, please see a physician for an evaluation as soon as possible.
2011 NAMI Mid-Carolina Annual Report (PDF File)
2009 NAMI Mid-Carolina Annual Report (PDF File)
2008 NAMI Mid-Carolina Annual Report (PDF File)
2012 Annual Report (PDF File)
NAMI Walk 2013 HD Video - YouTube