Tuesday event explores mental health issues
Monday, October 7, 2019
National Mental Illness Awareness Week runs through Saturday and will be observed at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with a free mental health forum sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Pitt County at Alice Keene Park, 4561 County Home Road.
NAMI works to improve the quality of life of individuals affected by a mental illness. This is accomplished through educational programs, support groups for the individuals and their families and friends, and advocating for programs to better serve their needs. NAMI believes education is one of the most powerful ways to erase the stigma individuals with mental illnesses often experience through prejudice and discrimination.
This forum will show two documentaries: one about anxiety and one about depression. Professionals will then answer questions. Pitt County District Attorney Faris Dixon will provide an update on the Behavioral Health Treatment Court. There also will be information about our crisis intervention training for law enforcement officers. The 40-hour course certifies officers to help people in a mental health crisis and try to avoid incarceration.
The National Institute of Health estimates one in four families have a loved one challenged by a mental illness. These illnesses are brain disorders that cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. These disturbances make it difficult to cope with the demands of daily life.
NAMI includes parents, children, spouses, brothers, sisters and friends of people with serious brain disorders, many of whom are also members. We share each other’s pain and hope. We work together to build better lives and a better tomorrow for our loved ones and ourselves.
We hope that you are able to attend our mental health forum and gain a better understanding of these pervasive illnesses.
Matthews is a member of the NAMI-Pitt County board of directors.