NAMI: Mental Health Month

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Appalachian South would like to thank the Fontana Regional Library, as together we spread awareness of Mental Illness during this month.

NAMI, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. We provide advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that people affected by mental illness can build better lives. One in four adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, experiences mental illness in a given year. One in 17, about 13.6 million, live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. And those numbers are just for adults. Approximately 20% of youth ages 13-18 experience mental illness. The facts go on and on. This is why it is important to talk about mental illness openly, so that those affected may get the treatment that they need. NAMI believes that anyone can get help.

Some of NAMI’s key principles of support are: 1. We will see the individual first, not the illness. 2. We aim for better coping skills. And 3. We will never give up hope. NAMI provides several different groups and events you may attend if you or someone you know has mental illness.

NAMI has two yearly events that take place, Peer-to-Peer and Family-to-family, as well as plenty of weekly or monthly groups. Nami Peer-to-Peer, offered yearly, is a free, 8-session program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey towards recovery. Taught by a trained group of people, the program includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises. This experience provides the opportunity for mutual support. This is a confidential space to learn from shared experiences. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope for all people living with mental illness.

NAMI Family-to-family, also offered yearly is a free 10-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidence-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of those closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

NAMI Autism Support Group, offered biweekly on Tuesday evenings, is for young adults living with Autism. Learn coping skills and find hope in shared experiences. Family members welcome. We play games! Call Tom at (828) 200-9154 for more info.

And finally, NAMI Connections Support Group is offered weekly on Thursday evenings for individuals living with mental illness.  On the Corner of Harrison Ave and Main St in Franklin NC. Family members also welcomed.You are not alone.

The Macon County Public Library and NAMI Appalachian South are presenting the movie “Please Stand By” for the May 2019 Mental Health Awareness Month. Join us, for a free showing of the movie on Thursday May 16th at 2PM and 6PM at the Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin NC, 28734.