NAMI- CHARLOTTE AND ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INCORPORATED
NAMI- CHARLOTTE AND ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY –Partnership
ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP
Starting in 2015, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) and NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, are working together to increase mental health awareness in the African-American community. AKA Chapters are working together with NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates to educate African Americans about mental health, treatment, and recovery. Together, we can help communities access much-needed treatment services and support.
AKA Chapters, NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and NAMI On Campus Clubs are encouraged to reach out to each other in order to implement the partnership at the local level. NAMI-Charlotte has developed partnerships with Rho Psi Omega and Alpha Lambda Omega Chapters. For the past two years, NAMI-Charlotte has provided support to local AKA Chapters Mental Health Impact Day for the past two years.
AKA IMPACT DAY
On Saturday, April 14, 2018, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Rho Psi Omega Chapter hosted a phenomenal, moving program which brought the presence of mental illness in the community to the forefront, informing attendees that mental illness is not a stigma nor does it identify a person. The face of mental health issues can be present in family, friends, associates, co-workers, etc. Rho Psi Omega Chapter partnered with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Tau Beta Chapter and NAMI-Charlotte for the event. Panelists discussed their personal struggles with mental health issues and the importance of seeking help.
Alpha Lambda Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated hosted the 2nd Annual Impact Day: Cycle For Mind, Body & Spirit at CYCLEBAR Midtown Charlotte. The purpose of this event was to promote the healthy connection between exercise and mental health. The Alpha Lambda Omega Chapter had fun cycling and provided NAMI-Charlotte with a generous $1,000.00 donation to support local minority programming initiatives and the Mental Health Awareness Walk on May 19, 2018.