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“Honestly, the best thing I could ever hear from someone is

‘I understand, I’ve Been There.’”

 

Mental Health Recovery Support Group

 

Open to anyone regardless of diagnosis:

 

 PTSD, Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, etc.

 

 

 

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups

Peer led for persons dealing with a mental illness.

 

         Mondays 12:00 - 1:00    (Women's Group)

o    DORN VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia

 

         Mondays at 6:00

o    St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 119 N Church Street, Lexington

 

         Tuesdays at 6:00 pm (except for the second Tuesday of each month)

o    Trenholm United Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Rd.  

 

         Wednesdays 3:00

o    DORN VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia

  

         Thursdays at 6:00 pm (except the 2nd Thursday of each month)

o    Redeemer Lutheran Church, 525 St. Andrew's Rd.

 

Family Support Groups

Peer led support group for families/friends of someone with a mental illness

 

              Mondays at 6:00 pm (except the 2nd Monday of each month)

         St Stephen's Lutheran Church, 119 N Church Street, Lexington

 

              Tuesdays at 6:00 pm

         Trenholm United Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Rd

 

                  Thursdays at 6:00 pm (except the 2nd Thursday of each month)

         Redeemer Lutheran Church, 525 St. Andrew's Rd.,

 

 

 

Education Meeting

open to everyone

 

              Second Tuesday of each month

o    Trenholm United Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Rd

 

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What to expect at a NAMI Connection group:
 
1.  Who leads the meetings? 

NAMI Connection meeting are led by trained facilitators who are peer/consumers living in recovery.

2. Who attends the meetings?

Anyone over the age of 18 who lives with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis.

3.  What are the goals of this type of meeting?

To provide a safe space for people to confront the challenges that are common to people living with mental illness. To share experiences as learning opportunities and to support each other on the path to recovery.

4. What is NAMI?

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

5.  Will the people in this meeting tell me how to take medication?

In this group, we do not tell anyone what to do. 

6.  Do providers know about this kind of meeting?

NAMI support groups are endorsed by many well respected physicians and healthcare organizations.  For more information, please visit our website at www.nami.org.

7.  Are non-consumers/peers allowed to go in?

The group structure is designed to provide the greatest possible feeling of safety for all participants.  For many that means that only people who have suffered psychiatric distress can possibly understand.  Most groups do not want others to attend.

8.  If not, are they hiding something?

Sometimes, yes.  People are entitled to confidentiality.  Their jobs, relationships or status in the community could be lost or seriously damaged if their illness is unwittingly revealed.  Other than that, we have nothing to hide.

9.  Do doctors take part in this?

They refer patients to us.  Other than that, no.

10. Is there any help for family members?

Definitely.  NAMI was founded by concerned family members and continues to offer family support groups, similar to this one, as well as a 12 week education course called Family-to-Family.  For information on these and more NAMI programs, check out the website at www.nami.org, call the HelpLine at 1-800-950-6264 or Veterans and family members may contact Candy True at ext. 4116 or Louise Will-Wallace at ext. 6395.

 

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