Mental Health America of Central Carolinas (MHA) and NAMI NC are teaming up to bring North Carolinians concerned about the state of mental health in the state to Raleigh on May 8. The event is being called May Day! May Day!, as the urgency to improve mental health in North Carolina grows.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a Pre-Advocacy Training at the NC Archives/Cultural Resources Building Auditorium, 109 E. Jones Street in Raleigh. Confirmed Speakers for the 11 a.m. kick-off include Representative Verla Insko, District 56; Representative Greg Murphy, MD, District 9; Deputy Secretary Kody Kinsley, Division of Behavioral Health and IDD; and Secretary for Military and Veteran Affairs Larry Hall. Governor Roy Cooper has also been invited to speak but is not confirmed.
Deby Dihoff, Executive Director of NAMI NC, shared, “State funding for mental health services has been cut over and over again in the past decade. It is past time to adequately fund mental health services. By calling out ‘May Day! May Day!’ together with Mental Health America of Central Carolinas, the message that our system is in distress will be delivered, loudly and clearly.”
“We are excited to be partnering with NAMI NC in this advocacy day,” said MHA Executive Director Kathy Rogers. “The greater our numbers on May 1, the greater likelihood our voice will be heard as we advocate for increased funding and greater access to quality mental health care.”
Among the issues the group will be advocating for are: restoring funding to mitigate long-term cuts to mental health; providing funding to support mental health services in the criminal justice system; funding to support affordable and safe housing options for persons with mental illness; and funding to support youth mental health education and training.
NAMI NC and MHA also support the expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina in order to help our states most vulnerable populations, including persons living with persistent mental illness.
Advocates will visit their legislators from moon to approximately 2 p.m.