Victor Armstrong, MSW (he/him)

Victor Armstrong serves as Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services, with responsibility and oversight of the public community-based mental health, intellectual and other developmental disabilities, substance use, and traumatic brain injury system in North Carolina.

Prior to accepting this role, Victor spent six years as Vice President of Behavioral Health with Atrium Health. Based in Charlotte, NC Victor had responsibility for operations of Atrium’s largest behavioral health hospital, Behavioral Health Charlotte. Victor has over 30 years of experience in human services, primarily dedicated to building and strengthening community resources to serve individuals living with mental illness. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Victor currently serves on the board of directors for American Association of Suicidology (AAS), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) of NC, and United Suicide Survivors International. He is also former board chair of NAMI NC, and member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Victor is a former member of the board of directors of National Council for Behavioral Health, i2i Center for Integrative Health, and RI International.

Victor’s awards and recognitions include Mental Health America’s 2021 H. Keith Brunnemer, Jr. Award for “Outstanding Mental Health Leadership”, 2019 Black Mental Health Symposium -Mental Health Advocate of the Year, 2019 Atrium Health Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award, 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from East Carolina University School of Social Work, Pride Magazine 2018 “Best of the Best”, and i2i Center for Integrative Health 2018 Innovation Award for “Whole Person Care”, 2012 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NC, Mental Health Professional of the Year.

Victor graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and received a Master of Social Work (MSW) from East Carolina University. He is the husband of Dr. Charletta Armstrong and the father of 3 sons, Carter, Alonzo, and Victor Jr.

2021 Presentation

Moving Forward Together: Connectivity is The Key

Lessons learned from the COVID-19: The role of clinicians, policy makers, providers, advocates, and lived mental  experience in moving us forward. Connection and intersectionality are the keys

Presentation Summary:

The coronavirus pandemic, in conjunction with the civil unrest experienced throughout 2020, left an indelible impression on our country. This has impacted our mental wellness, both collectively and individually. In this keynote, Victor Armstrong will discuss lessons learned over the past several months, including the role of clinicians, policy makers, providers, advocates, and those with lived behavioral health experience in moving us forward. Victor will discuss connection and intersectionality as the keys to our collective healing, mentally, physically, and emotionally. 

Presentation Objectives:

As a result of attending this presentation, attendees will: 

  • Better understand the impact of trauma on communities. 
  • Better understand the role of connectivity in healing from traumatic experiences. 
  • Learn about the opportunities and challenges in shaping a connected system of care. 
  • Learn about the role of policy and funding in the aftermath of COVID-19
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