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In The News: NAMI Orange County NC, Inc.

January 15, 2018


Over the last few weeks, an increasing number of people from all points on the political spectrum have started to discuss, most often in a disparaging way, President Trump’s mental health.  The press and the public alike have thrown around words like “unhinged,” “crazy,” and “unstable.”  Behind these provocative words lies the all too common assumption that a person who has a mental Read More

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    UPDATED DECEMBER 13, 2017 07:34 PM

    Richard Topping, the former CEO of Cardinal Innovations, once introduced himself to a colleague of mine as the Darth Vader of health care. Was anyone paying attention? Topping has been ousted as CEO of Cardinal – with a severance package of $1.7 million. We should be careful of what privatization can do with resources intended for the most vulnerable residents Read More

    For family members and close friends of persons living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or Borderline Personality Disorder

    This free series of 12 weekly classes is taught by trained NAMI members who have experienced having a loved one with mental illness. In a confidential setting, family members and friends of people with mental illness will learn about:

    How mental illness affects your loved one Eye-opening current brain research related to mental Read More

    DURHAM, N.C. — Two people working in Durham to build relationships and strengthen communities will receive this year’s Humanitarian Service Award from Duke Chapel.

    Donna Carrington advocates for people vulnerable to homelessness in her work as a housing stabilization specialist at the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF). As the executive director of DurhamCares Inc., Reynolds Chapman helps local churches connect with one another and their surrounding communities to identify a community’s assets Read More

    We are a research team at Duke University working to evaluate and test smartphone apps to improve health behaviors.

    The purpose of this study, the ‘Quit on the Go’ Trial, is to learn more about the usability and feasibility of smoking cessation apps for those who suffer with mental illness. We are looking for smokers who have been diagnosed with mental illness who want to change their smoking habits.

    If you choose to participate in the study, you will Read More

    Across our land we pray a prayer of hope and healing,

    Across our land today we become the architects

    for a path of kindness, understanding and strength

    We build within us a sacred house of invitation.


    Peace is flowing like a river

    while gentle strong hands hold the harsh waves at bay

    Gentle strong hands hold the whispers, the tears,

    the disappointments, the fears, and the tragedies

    Gentle strong hands hold the recovery, the smiles,

    the dance, the celebration, and the joy

    Gentle strong hands clasp other gentle

    strong hands and Read More

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