NAMI North Carolina statement on Michael Kerr settlement

The family of Michael Anthony Kerr may have won a settlement to the tune of 2.5 million dollars from the Department of Public Safety (DPS), but they lost far more than they gained. NAMI NC remains outraged by the death and treatment of Mr. Kerr, who remained in segregation for more than a month prior to his death. It is not effective to use solitary confinement with people experiencing mental illness. Suicides occur more often, symptoms become more pronounced, and decompensation requiring crisis care to hospitalization. Plus, there are numerous reports that prison personnel believed Mr. Kerr was malingering his symptoms. Imagine being told you were faking your medical condition. What a truly devastating approach for Mr. Kerr and his family.

We are pleased with the dedication from the Department of Public Safety to make mental health care a priority. From Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for prison personnel to participation in the VERA grant program to find alternatives to solitary confinement, we remain hopeful that another situation like Mr. Kerr’s can be prevented. DPS has committed to expanding mental health treatment in the prison system. However, the Department of Public Safety needs the support of our lawmakers to fund these initiatives.

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NAMI North Carolina statement on Michael Kerr settlement
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NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

Transparency:
THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site. I am sharing from public domain content. As a member as my local National Alliance on Mental Illness right now I am using RSS number national NAMI feed info. Including adding my own content.

Announcing NAMI NC Advocacy Collaborative for affiliates.

NAMI NC is excited to announce an advocacy training collaborative program for affiliates. This program is designed for those affiliates who are looking to take their advocacy skills and initiatives to the next level. This training will not only provide valuable skills to help be a better advocate for mental health issues, but it will also help with growing and sustaining a strong advocacy network within local affiliates and the community. Each affiliate will identify a team of 3 people to participate in the collaborative. The team will be responsible for advocacy efforts in their affiliate along with serving as the primary points of contact with the state office and their affiliate membership. Team members will have the opportunity to participate in special events hosted by NAMI NC, including the opportunity to be trained as a NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Instructor and exclusive advocacy day at the General Assembly.

Affiliates who would like to apply will fill out an application. Applications will be accepted until August 28, 2015. Click here to learn more about the Collaborative and how your affiliate can apply. Please contact Nicholle Karim at nkarim@naminc.org for inquiries or to request an application.

Announcing NAMI NC Advocacy Collaborative for affiliates. NAMI North Carolina
Thank you! Announcing NAMI NC Advocacy Collaborative for affiliates.
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NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

Transparency:
THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site. I am sharing from public domain content. As a member as my local National Alliance on Mental Illness right now I am using RSS number national NAMI feed info. Including adding my own content.

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

All communities face unique challenges or barriers in addressing mental health issues. Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness affects all of us. In many communities, however, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care.

In May of 2008, the US House of Representatives announce July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Albert Wynn [D-MD] and cosponsored by a large bipartisan group to achieve two goals:

  • Improve access to mental health treatment and services and promote public awareness of mental illness.
  • Name a month as the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.

About Bebe Moore Campbell

Bebe Moore Campbell was an author, advocate, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and national spokesperson, who passed away in November 2006.

She received NAMI’s 2003 Outstanding Media Award for Literature. Campbell advocated for mental health education and support among individuals of diverse communities.

In 2005, inspired by Campbell’s charge to end stigma and provide mental health information, longtime friend Linda Wharton-Boyd suggested dedicating a month to the effort.

The duo got to work, outlining the concept of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and what it would entail. With the support of the D.C. Department of Mental Health and then-mayor Anthony Williams, they held a news conference in Southeast D.C., where they encouraged residents to get mental health checkups.

Support continued to build as Campbell and Wharton-Boyd held book signings, spoke in churches and created a National Minority Mental Health Taskforce of friends and allies. However, the effort came to a halt when Campbell became too ill to continue.

When Campbell lost her battle to cancer, Wharton-Boyd, friends, family and allied advocates reignited their cause, inspired by the passion of the life of an extraordinary woman.

The group researched and obtained the support of Representatives Albert Wynn [D-MD] and Diane Watson [D-CA], who co-signed legislation to create an official minority mental health awareness month.

Take the StigmaFree Pledge

Help NAMI replace stigma with hope. Learn more about how you can help by taking the pledge to bring understanding and education to others. Pledge to be Stigma Free here.

For more information about Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and how you can get involved, visit nami.org/nmmham.

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Thank you! July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

Transparency:
THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site. I am sharing from public domain content. As a member as my local National Alliance on Mental Illness right now I am using RSS number national NAMI feed info. Including adding my own content.

The Journal – July/August 2015

July- August 2015 Journal


The Journal – July/August 2015 NAMI – San Gabriel Valley
Thank you! The Journal – July/August 2015
NAMI News and Update: NAMI – San Gabriel Valley

NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

Transparency:
THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site. I am sharing from public domain content. As a member as my local National Alliance on Mental Illness right now I am using RSS number national NAMI feed info. Including adding my own content.

The Journal – June 2015

June 2015 Journal


The Journal – June 2015 NAMI – San Gabriel Valley
Thank you! The Journal – June 2015
NAMI News and Update: NAMI – San Gabriel Valley

NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

Transparency:
THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site. I am sharing from public domain content. As a member as my local National Alliance on Mental Illness right now I am using RSS number national NAMI feed info. Including adding my own content.