May is Mental Health Awareness Month


Did you know that the month of May has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Month? Here at SFI, we work to educate and advocate for all people with disabilities, and that includes a wide range of so-called “invisible disabilities,” like mental illness. Our staff has many years of experience dealing with our own mental […]

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How We’re Moving Forward


Happy Friday! Today marks the end of our first week back in the office full-time. It’s been nice to reintroduce some normalcy to our days, even as we continue to maintain social distance with coworkers, disinfect regularly, and wash our hands more often. As our office is closed to the public and we have to […]

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Good News and Fun Activities


Have you seen John Krasinski’s project, Some Good News, on YouTube? It’s been one of the highlights of each week for us as the pandemic has gone on, and today’s post is inspired by Some Good News. We want to share some really cool things we’ve learned in the last couple of weeks. First, Nike […]

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Your Input is Needed


The North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council (NCSILC) is pleased to present the draft copy of the goals from the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) 2021-2023. The SPIL is a three-year plan that informs the goals, objectives and activities for how North Carolina will provide and improve independent living services for North Carolinians with […]

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Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19


Happy Tuesday! Today we have another great update from Tim Blake. The American Red Cross is offering a free online class called “Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19.” From the Red Cross: In order to help people build resilience and lend support to others during these difficult times, Training Services, along with […]

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Back in the Office and the Big Impact of a Small Hobby


  Happy Monday! We’re in our first full week of phase one here in North Carolina. Not much has changed, as we are technically still advised to stay home as much as possible, but one thing has changed here at Solutions for Independence: we’re all back in the office. If you didn’t know, we’ve been […]

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Managing Pandemic Anxiety


Happy Friday. Today in North Carolina, we are entering phase one of our state’s reopening plan at 5:00 PM. While there are many reasons to feel encouraged by this — and by the ways our state has avoided some of the catastrophic events taking place in cities like New York — there is still a […]

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Virtual Al-Anon and Alateen Meetings


Happy Thursday! We hope everyone is staying safe and well, especially as we experience a bit of unseasonably chilly weather. Last week, Tim Blake brought us some information about virtual addiction support services, and this week he’s sharing information on virtual support for anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. Addiction doesn’t just impact the addict; […]

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Cinco de Mayo Crafts


Happy Cinco de Mayo! In Mexico, May 5th commemorates the Battle of Puebla in which Mexicans regained their independence from the French Empire of Napoleon III. For most of us in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is a lot like St. Patrick’s Day, however, where the excuse to eat and drink delicious things and […]

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