We believe clients and their families will best be served if, as a community, we talk about and learn about mental illness.
Central to our goals around community education is the George C. Covington Library and Learning Fund established for HopeWay by George’s family and friends. The Covington Library and Learning Fund supports the holistic approach to health care for people who are in treatment and provides critical resources for HopeWay to fulfill its larger mission of community education. Every May, in honor of Mental Health Month, we will be hosting a Covington Educational event. Check back for more information.
In addition to our annual Covington event, we will be hosting a variety of workshops at HopeWay. Whether more intimate with clients and families, or with a broader educational purpose in mind for the community, our hope is to provide information and resources for those in need. See below for events open to the community.
HopeWay strives to be seen as an educational leader and advocate to our community to increase understanding, awareness and acceptance of the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
September 10, 2017 was World Suicide Prevention Day.
Have you, or someone you love, ever thought about suicide? Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. The theme of Suicide Prevention Day is, "Take a minute, change a life." We at HopeWay, believe this is an integral part of our mission and vision. Here are some resources you may find helpful:
- American Association of Suicidology
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- International Association for Suicide Prevention
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
What's in the news?
- "How to talk to kids about trauma and natural disasters"
- "Brown to launch mindfulness center to improve, disseminate evidence"
- "Survey finds young adults have highest prevalence of severe mental illness"
- "The unseen root of many disorders: childhood emotional neglect"
- "Sinead O'Connor 'very happy' to be receiving help for mental illness"
- "Suicides in Teen Girls Hit 40-Year High." For more information about suicide statistics, click HERE.
- "LeAnn Rimes opens up about how meditation changed her 'whole outlook on life'" For other 10% Happier podcasts with Dan Harris, click HERE.
Although we only treat adults at HopeWay, we believe in preventative care. With the school year starting, here are some articles/resources that might help inform parents:
- "How Smartphones are Making Kids Unhappy."
- "Student Guide to Surviving Stress and Anxiety in College & Beyond"
- "College Students"
- "Back to School Toolkit"
Are you interested in collaborating with HopeWay to provide an educational event about mental illness? Contact the Director of Research and Education.
What does mental health justice look like in Charlotte? How an we remove the stigma facing anyone with mental illness? A year after Keith Lamont Scott’s death and the subsequent community uprising, Charlotte still faces significant gaps in mental health treatment for those in poverty and living on the margins. This free forum challenges this stigma facing all mental health patients and tackles the mental health underpinnings and consequences associated with lack of opportunity, financial hardship, crime, and violence. Citizens living with mental illness, mental health professionals, and community leaders will speak and answer questions. Time: 5-7pm. A “resource fair” of nonprofit mental health providers will follow.
People in recovery from alcohol and other drug problems, their families, friends and allies will gather from across The Tarheel State on Saturday, October 7th, for the inaugural NC Recovery Fest. Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC) has organized The Capital Area Rally for Recovery for five years to celebrate National Recovery Month. The Rally raises the profile of recovery by demonstrating to our friends and neighbors, communities, policy makers and the media that we can and do recovery from alcohol and other drug problems and that when we get well, it benefits our families, communities and nation. Time: 10am to 2 pm.
29th Annual Thad & Alice Eure Walk for Hope. This charity event has helped raise millions of dollars towards better understanding - and, eventually, maybe even curing - illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, postpartum depression, schizophrenia, and anorexia. 100% of the money raised by participants directly funds local mental health research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry. Each year, thousands of participants come together at the Angus Barn in Raleigh to show solidarity for family friends, and community members living with a mental illness. Onsite registration: 8am. Walk begins: 10am.
Learn more about the MHA of Central Carolinas and our campaign, "Mental Health Matters: It's time to talk," as the MHA leads a dialogue to increase understanding and awareness about mental health. Join us for coffee and inspiration as an MHA Storyteller shares a story of hope and recovery. Space is limited, so register in advance. Time: 4-5pm.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the leader in the fight against suicide. They fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. The Out of Darkness Walks are held in hundreds of cities across the country. They give people the courage to open up about their own struggle or loss, and the platform to change our culture's approach to mental health. Charlotte Walk: Registration at 1pm, Program & Walk from 2-4pm.
The Novant Health Charlotte Marathon, previously Thunder Road Marathon, is an annual race that takes place in Charlotte, NC every November. The money raised helps support patient programming items and supplies for the Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital Child Life Program. The event features five different races: the marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K, and kid’s 1-mile run. The race finishes in the heart of Uptown Charlotte at Romare Bearden Park. With entertainment along the course, major headliners at the finish line festival, and five distance options, it’s a race for all runners!