NAMI WC is currently seeking experienced professionals to speak at monthly chapter meetings. This opportunity allows professionals to get their name out into the community. Please see below for more information.
NAMI meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month from 6-7pm at the Central United Methodist Church in downtown Asheville (27 Church Street). Though speaker positions are filling up quickly, there are still slots available for the following dates in 2015: August 12, October 14, November 11, and December 9.
Speakers have the freedom to choose their own topic, as long as it falls under the umbrella of “living with mental illness”. Usually speakers discuss something to do with their specialty/interest area, as long as the topic is not too clinically focused. Topics must be approved by the NAMI board of directors in advance.
NAMI Western Carolina Mission
NAMI Western Carolina is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI recognizes that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency and support are essential to improving the wellness and quality of life of all persons affected by mental illness. Mental illnesses should not be an obstacle to a full, meaningful life. The purposes of the affiliate are to (1) provide support to family members and peers, (2) serve as a center for the collection and dissemination of information about mental illness, (3) foster public education, (4) develop coping skills for families and peers, (5) advocate and (6) aid community support services.
Support, Education and Advocacy
From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness, establishing a role as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment, and unceasing belief in NAMI’s mission by grassroots advocates have produced profound changes. NAMI’s greatest strength is the dedication of its leaders and members – the families, friends and individuals that serve to strengthen communities across the country.
Due in large part to generous individual, corporate, and foundation donations, NAMI is able to build on its success and continue to focus on three cornerstones of activity that offer hope, reform, and health to our American community: Awareness, Education, and Advocacy. Financial contributions allow NAMI to offer an array of programs, initiatives, and activities in support of the NAMI mission.
If you would like more information about how you can get involved, please visit www.namiwnc.org.
The NAMI Western Carolina office is located at 356 Biltmore Avenue, Ste. 207, Asheville, NC 28801. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.