National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health.
Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
NAMI Johnston County, N.C.
In 2007, Marilyn Lundin was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. In April 27th. of that year, she was awarded the Robert E. Byron Public Service Fellowship by UNC. Marilyn took the fellowship grant money and established NAMI Johnston County on June 10, 2007.
With the help of David and Dorothy Smith of NAMI Durham, NAMI Johnston County held its first Family to Family Educational classes followed by the establishment of a Connection Support Group.
On June 10, 2017, the Peers, Family Members, Teachers, Mentors and friends of NAMI Johnston County celebrated the 10th. Anniversary of Marilyn's gift to the people of Johnston County...and we just keep growing!
Our Second Decade and Beyond
Besides celebrating NAMI Johnston County's 10th. Anniversary, the year 2007 also saw our affiliate begin the process of expanding it's mission of support, education and advocacy within Johnston County as well as to the people of Wayne and Lenoir Counties.
NAIM Johnston is currently working with Wayne UNC Health Care (Wayne Memorial Hospital) to provide both Peer and Family Support Programs.
Lenoir County has seen NAMI Johnston County participate in a number of health fairs and thanks to a fundraising gift from the Health Occupations Students of America in South Lenoir High School, NAMI Johnston will be planning its first Family to Family Educational classes in Lenoir County.
NAMI Johnston County also participates in Harnett County with the Crisis Intervention Training (C.I.T.) classes given monthly to law and correctional officers at Harnett Correctional that covers a five county area. NAMI Johnston County is now partnered with Alliance Healthcare for C.I.T. Training at J.C.C. in Smithfield.
AND WE STILL CONTINUE TO GROW.......
NAMI Johnston has now started a DAYTIME Connection meeting at Pathways to Life as well as a Connection meeting in Benson on Monday evenings and a Family Support Group at Pathways on Tuesday evenings.
Board of Directors
President: Richard A. Callahan
Vice President: Cynthia Lopian
Secretary: Carolyn Smith
Treasurer: Pearl Ingram
Founder: Marilyn Lundin
Director: Anthony Navarro
Director: Terri Sessoms
Director: Amanda Knott
Director: Dana Stanley
Director: Cynthia Kyle
Fund Raising: Barbara DiGirolamo
Johnston County Schools: Terri Sessoms
Membership: Faith Schramm
NAMIWalks: Barbara DiGirolamo
Peer Support Specialists: Albert Dixon
Social Media:Dana Stanley
NAMI-NC Board of Directors: Richard Callahan
Council of Affiliate Presidents: Richard Callahan
Peer Leadership Council:
Amanda Knotts, Albert Dixon, Marilyn Lundin