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.


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

Committee Chairs

Alliance Care Review:Marilyn Lundin

NAMI FaithNet: Towanda Garner

Fund Raising: Barbara DiGirolamo

Johnston County Schools: Terri Sessoms

Membership: Cynthia Lopian and Marilyn Lundin

NAMIWalks: Barbara DiGirolamo

Peer Support Specialists: Albert Dixon

Social Media:Dana Stanley

Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.): Amanda Knotts

Johnston Collaborative for Families,Youth and Children: Terri Sessoms

Statewide Committees

NAMI-NC Board of Directors: Richard Callahan and Marilyn Lundin

Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (CFAC): Marilyn Lundin and Albert Dixon

Council of Affiliate Presidents: Richard Callahan, President

NAMI-NC Peer Leadership Council: Amanda Knotts, Albert Dixon, Marilyn Lundin