Hello, My name is Ann and I am currently President of NAMI Augusta, I know there has been much confusion about NAMI Augusta. So please allow me a moment to clear up the confusion. I first and foremost would like to apologize. I took this position over without being aware of all the job duties and responsibilities. Since then, I have been in education mode and I have learned a lot, so I ask that you all not give up on me, because I will definitely not give up on NAMI. I would first like to share my passion which is why I am fighting so hard to make this a successful organization. I am an individual who is living with mental illness and had it not been for the great assistance I received at Serenity Behavioral Health, I would not be in the position I currently find myself. I am so grateful to find people who had a great passion for helping others and giving their best to provide HOPE to individuals such as myself who had long ago lost hope. I can never pay them back so I will pay it forward. I also invite those of you who have a passion for helping others and working hard to make a difference, to please call the NAMI Augusta Office at 706.733.8838. We are looking for Volunteers, Board Members, Committee Members, and anyone else who is willing to carry the torch. My experience has shown me that by helping others, I am able to help myself. We can also be reached by email at NAMIAugusta@gmail.com or my personal email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t hesitate to contact us.
We are currently offering three support groups which are free and open to the public, support groups offer the opportunity to share with one another difficulties we face living with Mental Illness. It helps us to know “I am not alone!” The groups, dates, times and contact information will be listed below:
Family Support Group for adult relatives of people living with mental illness. This group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Advent Lutheran Church, 3232 Washington Road, Augusta GA. This group is open to family members only. Contact info: Pam Lien 706.664.9535 cell.
Thompson NAMI Connection Support Group (peer support for adults who are diagnosed with mental illness) This group meets every Monday form 10:00-11:30 AM at Springfield Baptist Church, 523 Martin Luther King St. Thompson GA Contact info: Mrs. Wiley 706.595.6552 or 706.361.7052
Caring and Sharing is an open support group. This group is for individuals who are living with mental illness, family members, and anyone who would just like to learn about mental illness. This group takes place the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at the Summerville Professional Building, Room 420. The location is 2258 Wrightsboro Rd. Augusta GA, next to Trinity Hospital. Contact info: Ann Lewis 706.691.1047