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In The News: NAMI Charlotte

March 14, 2019

A bill to allow North Carolina officials to study whether and when to conduct mental health screenings on public school students is headed to the House floor after clearing a second committee Monday.

The House Rules and Operations committee recommended House Bill 75 following a similar approval by the House Health committee Feb. 26. It advanced to the House floor, where it is scheduled to be heard Wednesday.

The idea for the study comes from a House Select committee on Read More

    A report compiled by NC Child and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine highlights a troubling trend in youth suicide rates and a drop in vaccination rates.

    “The youth suicide rate has nearly doubled in the state since 2010. Actually, suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among youth ages 10-17,” explained Whitney Tucker, Research Director for NC Child.

    The findings are based in part on survey responses from teens.

    “About 16 percent of all of our high school students in the Read More

    NAMI is proud to share our new white paper: “Working Together to Advance Discovery and Reignite Hope: Advocacy, Academia, Industry and Government Push for New Mental Health Treatment Options.” This paper describes the important work NAMI and our partners have done to push forward in the difficult and complex field of brain science and developing treatment for mental illness.

    NAMI has advocated for better treatments, better legal protections and better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness for Read More

    Quality friendships have the potential to give us feelings of compassion, belonging and happiness. They can help improve our sense of self-worth and help us cope. When you have a mental illness, you may think that your friendships are bound to be more complicated. You may even deem healthy relationships impossible. But it’s very important to dispel the internalized stereotype that your relationships will suffer because of your mental illness.

    Friendships can flourish despite a diagnosis. There are many reasons why friendships fade, Read More

    By Laura Greenstein | Feb. 04, 2019

    Almost the entirety of my experience in seeking mental health care (apart from the actual therapy) has been online.

    I looked for a therapist using different “find a therapist” search engines, clicking filters that would account for my insurance and location. I’ve read blogs and personal accounts of others’ experiences with therapy to determine if I found the right therapist. I’ve sought validation and support from friends and family by posting about my anxiety Read More

    2/4/2019

    In a video to NAMI members, CEO Mary Giliberti discusses the many successes over the past year, including the increase in NAMI brand awareness, significant legislative accomplishments, calls for research and new support programs and services.

    Giliberti attributes the increase in brand awareness to the growing number of celebrity ambassadors who have supported the cause and shared their experiences as well as high-profile partnerships including companies like Kenneth Cole, Lord & Taylor, Boeing, Michelin, Showtime and IHeart Radio.

    Giliberti also outlines the Read More

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