Weekly Mission Spotlight: NAMI

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness each year. That means over 200,000 adults in Wake County have a need for the support, education, and advocacy that NAMI Wake County offers. NAMI Wake County is an affiliate of a network that includes NAMI North Carolina and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest grassroots organization focused on mental illness.

They provide free support groups, education classes, and advocacy opportunities throughout Wake County and have adjusted to virtual programming during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Join our virtual support groups, which meet weekly, find an education class to help you navigate your own or a loved one’s mental health condition, or explore www.nami-wake.org for a variety of local and national mental health services and resources. Updated resources can be found on the left hand sidebar. Just click on the “Resources for the Community” tab!

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on an often stigmatized topic. They use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention.

FPC supports NAMI by providing space for their offices, which are located on the 2nd floor of the Stock Building. First Presbyterian member, Amie Carmack, is a Board Member. Please visit www.nami-wake.org to learn more about how you can get involved.