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September 1, 2020

10-10-20
Inspiration. Education. Acknowledgement. NAMI North Carolina’s 18th Annual Conference promises to be all this and more. Inspired by Maya Angelou’s motivational work, “And Still I Rise” is this year’s hopeful theme that will encapsulate challenges associated with mental illness, and the determination to not give up, and finding a way to thrive – regardless of society’s stigmas and current shortcomings
This virtual conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2020 and will be offered at no charge to participants.

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    Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” was an inspiration to us in establishing our Conference theme this challenging year. While written about the eternal fight of women and slavery, it really reads as a signature piece to encourage all who may struggle with obstacles and are determined not to give up. “You may write me down in history/ With your bitter, twisted lies/ You may tread me in the very direct/ But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”
    And Still I Rise is a hopeful theme that will encapsulate all who may face injustice.

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    10-10-20. Have you marked your calendar?
    The challenges that 2020 has our world facing are immense. However, in this time of strife and feelings of defeat, we can rise. NAMI North Carolina Annual Conference presenters and other content will speak to those who may be affected by challenges associated with mental illness, and the determination to not give up, and finding a way to thrive – regardless of society’s stigmas and current shortcomings.
    So mark your calendars!

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    NAMI NC is excited to announce its first-ever completely virtual Annual Conference. Our 18th Annual Conference will be taking place on October 10th, which also coincides with World Mental Health Day!
    Like conferences in years past, dynamic speakers will be presenting on today’s issues affecting our community’s mental health. We will present our annual awards and, among other items, there will opportunities to network with like-minded individuals too. All of this from the comfort of your home or office!

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    NAMI ACR will offer a free Family-to-Family Educational Program starting in February.

    Family to Family is a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family volunteers who know what it is like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders. There is no cost to participate in the Family to Family Education Program.

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