Duke University Medical Center is focused on leveraging the vast research resources at Duke University and facilitating collaborations that provide or enhance the infrastructure, education and resources needed to take promising ideas from concept, through development and testing, and into patient care. A part of the Duke University School of Medicine, the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) is the largest academic clinical research organization in the world. The DCRI has conducted studies at more than 37,000 sites in 65 countries, enrolled more than 1.2 million people into clinical trials and produced more than 10,000 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Below you will find several advocacy organizations in your area. Please feel free to reach out if you need support, education or want to get involved as an advocate for yourself and community. You will soon have the opportunity to participate in Project RockSTARR and have a donation made in your honor to one of organizations below. If you want to know more about Project RockSTARR, please go HERE.

Duke University Medical Center Local Advocacy Organizations:

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Your local NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders work in communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy, and support group programs.

The mission of NAMI Durham is to promote recovery and optimize the quality of life for those in Durham County affected by mental illness.

NAMI Orange County is the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a national nonprofit organization, and NAMI North Carolina. We share the same mission: support, education, and advocacy on behalf of individuals with severe mental illness and their families. Our membership consists primarily of family members of persons with mental illness plus those who support our mission. Anyone who supports our mission is welcome to join.

NAMI Durham
P.O. Box 967
Durham, NC 27702
Phone: (919) 231-5016
Email: contact@namidurhamnc.org

NAMI Orange County, NC
PO Box 4201
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4201
Phone: (919) 929-7822
Email: namioclistserv@gmail.com

MHA is a powerful voice for healthy communities throughout the nation and offers information, referrals, and resources for individuals living with any type of mental illness. One of MHA’s services includes online screening, which is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.

Mental Health America of the Triangle is a part of Stigma Free Carolina, a UNC community campaign, initially conceived by members of the Royster Society of Fellows, aimed at reducing stigma toward mental health concerns and treatment. By accurately defining mental health, educating the community, and dispelling negative or false beliefs about mental health and its treatment we can help everyone be their best selves and reach their full potential.

MHA of the Triangle
3729 Murphy School Rd, Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 942-8083

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) changes lives, saves lives and impacts lives, through education, peer support groups and advocacy for those diagnosed with a mental health illnesses and empowers their family and friends to embrace their independence, advocate for improved services, and to love them for who they are.

DBSA Triangle Comfort Zone II Support Group provides FREE and CONFIDENTIAL support groups for individuals living with, or family and friends affected by, depression and bipolar disorders. Support is essential to recovery. One of the most helpful things one person can say to (or hear from) another is “I’ve been there.” Depression and bipolar disorder can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA has many ways to help connect you with others who have been there as well.

DBSA Triangle Comfort Zone II Support Group
Chapel Hill – a support group of the DBSA Triangle Comfort Zone Chapter, NC
Tel: (919) 533-9510
Email: dbsachapelhill@gmail.com

This list only includes those advocacy organizations that The STARR Coalition is affiliated with.  If you know of other advocacy organizations that could be included in this list, please contact us at starrcert@thestarr.org.  Thank you!