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.

Our Mission

ABOUT NAMI-Charlotte

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An informed, involved family/significant other is the 
most critical form of support towards recovery




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  • Family–to–Family



    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:

    • Information on brain disorders including Schizophrenia and Depression; Bipolar, Schizoaffective, Borderline Personality, Anxiety, Panic, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders; Dual-Diagnosis.

    • Basics about the Brain

    • Problem Solving Skills


    • Medications


    • Understanding the subjective experience of mental illness


    • Communication techniques


    • Self-care


    • The Vision and Potential of Recovery


    • Advocacy (fighting stigma, how the change the system)


    Family–to–Family classes are offered in hundreds of communities across the country, in two Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

    Contact Information

    For additional information concerning the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program course scheduling and registration for the Charlotte–Mecklenburg area, contact:

    For dates and times call or email       704–333–8218


  • Peer-To-Peer Program

    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.



    Peer to Peer will begin on October 7th, 2013 at the following location:




    For dates and times call or email       704–333–8218





    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.

    For dates and times call or email       704–333–8218




    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.

    For dates and times call or email       704–333–8218


    LOCATION:  Behavioral Health Charlotte, Auditorium

    Carolinas HealthCare System, Behavioral Health
     501 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, NC



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Discover Our Resources

  • 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
     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


    General Services

    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
    24x7 Screening
    Phone: 704-336-6404

    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

              Huntersville: 704-801-4000

              Kannapolis: 800-939-5911

    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


    Charlotte–Mecklenburg Police

    Information 919–788–0801 City / County

    Emergency 911 (emergency only)

  • InnerVission Inc.

    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
       Phone: 704–377–5042
       Fax: 704–377–5043


St. John's Baptist Church

300 Hawthorne Lane

Charlotte, NC 28204





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