NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is a non-profit, grassroots, self-help support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic-depression), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder and anxiety disorders.
NAMI–Charlotte, an affiliate of both the North Carolina State and National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a non–profit 501(c)(3).
The mission of NAMI–Charlotte is to protect the dignity of, and improve the quality of life for individuals and their families living with the debilitating effects of severe and persistent mental illness through advocacy, education and support.
Our purposes in supporting this mission are:
To promote the quality of care, rights, and interests of mentally ill citizens, particularly of those who cannot speak for themselves, and to advocate such policies at the local, state and national levels to ensure accomplishment of these objectives.
The active promotion of a high quality no–eject continuum of care from state hospitals through various community facilities and support programs for persons who have prolonged mental illness.
The promotion of job training and low stress employment–voluntary or paid–to help the mentally disabled person become as self–sufficient as possible.
To support and advocate research into the causes, alleviation, and eradication of mental illness.
To develop an enlightened and more sympathetic public understanding of the problems of those afflicted with mental illness and increase awareness of the public responsibilities in dealing with these problems.
To improve communications and cooperation between mental health agencies and the families of mentally ill citizens.
To encourage and aid in the formation of support groups throughout the Charlotte area.
To solicit, receive, and contribute funds for the above-stated objectives.
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NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
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Mental illnesses are not character defects! Mental illnesses are health conditions affecting the brain that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior associated with distress and–or impaired functioning. These disorders can substantially diminish capacity for coping with the demands of ordinary life and can affect persons of any age in any family.
Millions of Americans, involving an estimated one in five families, are living with mental illness.
For example, of the approximately one million total hospital admissions in 1998, almost 262,000 (25.5%) were psychiatric admissions. Even more startling is the fact that the total cost of mental health services in the U.S. is now estimated to be over $200 billion a year. In Mecklenburg County alone, as many as 16,000 children, and 28,000 adults may be suffering from mental illness, affecting more than 100,000 family members and friends. When mental illnesses occur, the individual's family and friends are often overwhelmed with concern, confusion and fear. They question what to do, and where to go. NAMI–Charlotte offers information and support groups to help these families. NAMI–Charlotte is working for improved mental health services and a continuum of care for those with long–term mental illnesses.
The treatment success rate for the first episode of a "severe and persistent" mental illness is as follows:
Schizophrenia 60% Depression 65-70% Bipolar Disorder 80%
About 5.4% of adults have a serious mental illness that interferes with some area of social functioning. About half of this group are affected with a "severe and persistent" mental illness.
23% of adults (ages 18 and older) suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder, but only half report impairment of their daily functioning due to the mental disorder.
Now You See The Real Me!9–13% of children ages nine to 17 have a serious emotional disturbance with substantial functional impairment, and 5–9% have a serious emotional disturbance with extreme functional impairment due to a mental illness.
Approximately 1/3 of the estimated 600,000 homeless people in the U.S. have a severe menta illness. However, only about 5% of persons with a severe mental illness are homeless.
Only 5–7% of homeless persons with a mental illness need to be institutionalized; most can live in the community with appropriate, supportive housing.
Mental Illness Facts
The NAMI Family–to–Family Education Program is a free 12–week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses). The course is taught by trained family members. Class is in session for 2–2 1/2 hours, one evening a week (typically a Tuesday or Thursday, at the convenience of class attendees). All instruction and course materials are free for class participants.
The curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD). The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively:
Family–to–Family classes are offered in hundreds of communities across the country, in two Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
For additional information concerning the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program course scheduling and registration for the Charlotte–Mecklenburg area, contact:
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What is NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Program?
Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.
The course was written by Kathryn Cohan McNulty, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator.
What does the course include?
Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. Mentors are trained in an intensive three day training session and are supplied with teaching manuals. Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell- tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.
WHERE IS THE NEXT PEER TO PEER HELD?
Peer to Peer will begin on October 7th, 2013 at the following location:
415 EAST 4TH STREET, CHARLOTTE, NC 28204
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NAMI Basics is a signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral issues, undiagnosed emotional issues, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), or other diagnoses such as Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Childhood Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse Disorders. The NAMI Basics course is a FREE six session class that is taught by trained parents or other primary caregivers who have lived similar experiences with their own children who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.
**Course Elements Include: The trauma of mental illness for the child and family ~ The biology of mental illness: getting an accurate diagnosis ~ The latest research on medical aspects of the illness and advances in treatment ~ An overview of treatment options – treatment works ~ The impact of child’s mental illness on the rest of the family – caregivers and siblings ~ An overview of the symptoms involved in caring for children and teens and the importance of record keeping.
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LOCATION: Back Creek Church
1821 Back Creek Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28213
FACILITATORS: Tracy Radcliffe/Sharon Ingrams
DATE: Saturday's October 11th, 18th and 25th
LOCATION: Family First Community Center
3705 Latrobe Drive, Charlotte, NC 28211
FACILITATOR: Lisa Cook
L. E. A. P.
Does your relative or family member argue about taking his or her medication?
Does he or she believe they are not ill?
NAMI Charlotte will be presenting this 4 part seminar “Learning to Leap” featuring Dr. Amador, a clinical psychologist, author of best selling book I AM NOT SICK, I DON’T NEED HELP. Dr. Amador is a world renowned psychologist who has taught this communication technique all over the world! Dr. Amador’s brother suffered from schizophrenia, giving Dr. Amador first hand experience in dealing with a loved one who did not believe he was ill. His DVD’s consist of 7 communication tools for family members, professionals and caregivers. You will learn how to use the LEAP® method, which shows health care professionals, family members and others how to create better communication and stronger partnership with mentally ill relatives/clients using the LEAP communication technique. Each DVD is approximately one hour, leaving 30 minutes for discussion.
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LOCATION: Behavioral Health Charlotte, Auditorium
Carolinas HealthCare System, Behavioral Health
501 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, NC
CONTACT: REGISTRATION REQUIRED. TO REGISTER Email Michele Brown (email@example.com)
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North Carolina And National NAMI Resources
National Alliance on Mental Illness Department / Service Phone Notes Main Phone 703–524–7600 office Information & Service Center 800–950–6264 TDD 703–516–7227 Telecommunications for the Deaf
www.nami.org NAMI North Carolina,
309 W. Millbrook Road Ste. 121 / Raleigh, NC 27609-4394 Department / Service Phone Notes Main Phone 919–788–0801 office Helpline 800–451–9682 (NC only)
Children and Adolescents
The Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundationsm (CABF) is a parent–led, not–for–profit, Web–based membership organization of families raising children diagnosed with, or at risk for, early–onset bipolar disorder.
Teen Health Connection
CMC–NorthPark / 251 Eastway Drive / Charlotte, NC 28213
Providing affordable, accessible physical and mental health services to young men and women, ages 11–21.
BHC CMC–Randolph / 501 Billingsley Road / Charlotte, NC 28211
Department / Service Phone Notes
704–444–2400 24-hour clinical call center (serving all facilities)
800–418–2065 24-hour clinical call center (serving all facilities)
CriSys, LLC / 5820 E. WT Harris Blvd, Suite 211 / Charlotte, NC 28215
Triage and Referral Call Center
429 Billingsley Road / Charlotte, NC 28211–1098
Colonial Place Three / 2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300 / Arlington, VA 22201
Carolina Medical Center
CMC - Main (Charlotte) Location:
Mental Health Emergencies: 704-358-2800
Psychiatric Emergency Room
Presbyterian Hospital Behavior Health: 704-384-4255
Mobile Crisis Team
Provides residents of Mecklenburg County who are experiencing a mental health crisis assistance and access to supportive Community Resources. The team is dispatched to provide emergency psychiatric assessment, immediate intervention for family crises, interventions for parents and children and assistance to the hospital or other appropriate psychiatric care.
Mobile Crisis Team: 704–566–3410 FAX 704.537.1226
Information 919–788–0801 City / County
Emergency 911 (emergency only)
InnerVision Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) human service organization dedicated to serving the needs of mentally challenged adults, and operates as a psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) clubhouse. For more information, please contact InnerVision through the information given below.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31083Charlotte, NC 282311
Street Address: 415 E. 4th St. Charlotte, NC 282311
St. John's Baptist Church
300 Hawthorne Lane
Charlotte, NC 28204
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