Resouce Guide

Check out this great resource guide put together by Parent to Parent in Boone, NC.  Parent to Parent FSN-HC provides free support, caring connections, information and hope to families who have a premature baby, a child with a disability, an emotional or behavioral challenge, a mental illness, a chronic health condition or to families who are grieving the death of a child.

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Events this Week at NAMI

Suicide Awareness Week

It’s Suicide Awareness Week at ASU and we want to let you know what’s going on with it!  A full schedule of events can be seen at the bottom of this email.  There are two things we’d like to point out to you.

Wednesday, April 22 at 6pm: The movie “To Write Love on Her Arms” will be screened with a panel discussion to follow at Belk Library in room 114 at ASU.  Our very own board member, Dr. Murray Hawkinson, will be on the panel.  Here’s information about the movement:

SATURDAY, April 25 at 9am: Out of the Darkness Campus Walk will be held on Sanford Mall, the field right in the middle of campus at ASU.  This is a time to bring awareness to suicide and suicide prevention.  Laura Anne Middlesteadt, board member, will be speaking.  NAMI will also have a table and there will be a chance to join NAMI High Country!



Appalachian Rollergirls Event to Benefit NAMI

Students: $8
Regular: $12 ($10 in advance)
Ages 10 and under: free

Proceeds go to NAMI High Country!


High County Hope – NAMI Walks 2015

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Join us for NAMI Walks. The walk takes place on the beautiful Dorothea Dix Hospital campus in Raleigh on Saturday May 2nd, 2015. The walk starts at 10 am, but arrive early at 9 am for registration. Don’t worry if you are not in great shape, because it is a nice easy leisurely walk. If you have never been to the campus, it is a treat. There are large shade trees, a nice flat walking surface, water stations along the way, and is also wheelchair accessible

So you ask why give up a Saturday to drive to Raleigh to participate in a walk? Every journey begins with that first step. Every year tens of thousands of concerned citizens in more than 84 communities across the nation will join NAMI and walk together to raise money and awareness about our country’s need for a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness. Your participation will help end the stigma of mental illness and bring awareness to recovery (  Every person has the right to achieve recovery. Help us help people in our community who do not have a voice.

To sign up go to this link, create a log in and you are all set. You will create your very own webpage for donations (Don’t worry it is a easy step by step process.)

From this page you can add pictures and videos, send out emails to friends and family asking for donations, they even have a sample email already to go. Directions are provided to make this process fast and easy. Everything is done online, except for the walk itself. They even take credit cards. You will not even have go back to your friends and coworkers to ask for the donations. It could not be simpler or pain free.

We have nice colorful t-shirts made up for all team members. You do not even have to buy a t-shirt.

So you say Raleigh is a long way and I don’t want to drive that far. You can car pool with a buddy and make it a day of fun and shopping (or maybe see a museum) Don’t let the distance deter you from joining us.

After the walk is over, there is still more fun to be had. NAMI NC hosts a t-shirt contest, dancing, booths, and face painting for the kids. Do you miss the friends you made at the conference? They will be at this event! It is a great networking opportunity to see what other NAMI groups are up to and to see our state NAMI in action.

Please join us for this fun filled Saturday, get some exercise for a good cause! Help us fight the stigma.

If you have any questions please contact me at and I can answer questions regarding the walk.

Thanks from your team captain,

Alison Loew

Flapjack Fundraiser

The Flapjack fundraiser that was held on November 15 went from 7 A.M. to 10 A.M. and all of the proceeds went to NAMI High Country. The Flapjack fundraiser was held at the local Applebee’s in Boone. Pancakes, coffee, sausage and other refreshments were provided at the fundraiser. There was also a fundraiser that was held during the breakfast as well. Some of the local organizations donated gift cards to the fundraiser such as Harris Teeter, Anna Banana’s, Stick Boy, Dominos and also the YMCA of Avery County. The funds will be going toward supporting some of the programs and funding NAMI’s main goal, which is to educate, advocate, outreach, provide resources, and support to our local community.

“I thought the food was great, the service was great and it was all going towards a great cause,” said Marty Brown and Lori Tyler who attended the breakfast. Brown and Tyler both have years of teaching experience and discussed their concern for mental illness awareness in the classroom and the community. “With school shootings on the rise and the rise on suicides, I feel like it is a serious issue not to lose sight of. We really need to bring attention to this as a community,” said Brown.

Our community has had a significant loss this past semester with the loss of three young students who were Appalachian State University students. We are in desperate need to draw attention to mental illness and provide as many resources as possible for those who are struggling. Changing the stigmas of mental illness will help change the way people talk and think about mental illness and also provide more resources to our local community. This is our goal. To get involved with our organization or see how you can help please visit