Deniece Chi, Ending the Silence Program Coordinator Midlands East

October 20, 2020

Deniece Chi turned to NAMI-NYC Metro for help in January 2004, two weeks after her daughter Lucy was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A single immigrant mother at the time, Deniece decided to educate herself about her daughter’s conditions, particularly since she was finding that the existence of mental illness was often denied in her Caribbean culture. Inspired by what she had learned, she soon went back to school to obtain her associates degree in Early Childhood Education, while volunteering at NAMI. After demonstrating strong leadership skills and a passion for helping others, in 2009 Deniece became Basics teachers. Her commitment to the program led to her hire in January 2010 as NAMI-NYC Metro’s Family and Basics Coordinator and National Trainer.
Deniece served as the Program Director, at NAMI-NYC Metro for eight years where she oversees the Family Support Liaison Center, city wide contract (FSLC). She has taught over 1,000 classes and graduated over 8,500 parents and professionals. She also works closely with the Manhattan VA in training and supporting Families of children and adolescent whose parents have been deployed. Deniece has been instrumental in NAMI-NYC Metro’s use of NAMI Basics to train workers in the child welfare and foster care system. She is a parent advocate in the mental health systems.
She was given the very first BASICS LEADERSHIP AWARD in 2011. She is honored to assist family members find the support, respect and services that they deserve.
Deniece has now joined the NAMI SC Affiliate as the Program Coordinator for Ending the Silence in Sumter, Lee, Kershaw, and Clarendon County
Additionally, she is deeply grateful to NAMI, in particular to Teri Brister, for creating a program that meets the needs of families fighting for their loved ones’ recovery from mental illness.