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In The News: NAMI Charlotte

October 10, 2018
For the duration of Hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina, people experiencing stress, anxiety and other mental health issues had phones as their link to help.

By Rose Hoban

Hurricane Florence roared ashore in North Carolina downgraded to a Category 1 storm with sustained wind speeds of 90 miles per hour. But that “reduced” storm intensity was still mighty, and mighty frightening.

Sarah Bishop, a physician assistant at Carteret Health in Morehead City, stayed in the emergency department for the duration of the Read More

    The fog enveloped Carolina Panthers receiver Torrey Smith, thick and disorienting.

    It was late September 2012, and Smith’s younger brother, Tevin, had just been killed in a motorcycle accident. And the dark parts of Smith’s mind, created by a stressful, single-parent childhood during which he helped raise Tevin, were stirring.

    “I couldn’t sleep. Couldn’t eat. Was losing weight,” Smith said this week. “It probably was depression. … It might seem weird to say that, but when you think about what they say Read More

    Anthony Bourdain, celebrated TV chef and world traveler, took his life earlier this year, just weeks before his 62nd birthday. To some, Bourdain was the image of success and satisfaction. He visited exotic locations, enjoyed rare and delicious foods, kept celebrity friends and spoke his mind with a refreshing frankness. But underneath the surface, things were not as glamorous as they appeared.

    His death speaks volumes not only on the silent suffering those with suicidal ideation experience, but also on Read More

    In partnership with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans and other organizations, NAMI filed suit today to invalidate the federal short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plan rule issued last month by three federal agencies. The legal challenge seeks a temporary injunction against the recently issued STLD rule, which would expand the availability of plans that do not have to provide coverage for mental heatlh and substance use services or comply with mental health parity.

    These short-term, limited duration Read More

    August 24, 2018 | By Keiko Purnell

    My last depressive episode left me completely isolated. I didn’t respond to messages for months. Since I didn’t know how long I would be depressed, answering the question “how are you?” became emotionally draining. Actually, that one question was why I stopped talking to people entirely.

    “How are you?” is such a knee-jerk opening line to a conversation; most of us don’t even realize we’re saying it, or pay much attention to the typical response Read More

    By Jonathan Berg

    I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder when I was 14. It has taken me decades to come to grips with what that means, and to be in a place where I’m comfortable talking openly about it. Nowadays, I’m really open, because I work as a travel blogger, connecting with people and places for a living. I actually started my career at a nonprofit office job, thinking that was what I wanted. But the traditional professional life was something Read More

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