We need your help!
NAMI Augusta recently started a GoFundMe account in an attempt to raise money for two goals.  Our affiliate would love to be able to offer a respite center here in Augusta.  A respite center is a a safe place to go that allows individuals the freedom of self care through peer support. Individuals will be allowed to stay free of charge for up to four nights. A place to keep them out the hospital. Respite centers are solely peer supported.  Our second goal is to build or purchase a building to offer daily peer support to individuals.  The need for peer support is great here in the CSRA.  The peer center will be a place to come and socialize with peers, learn coping skills, take trips and allow individuals to support each other in an environment that is safe and non judgmental. The center will focus on providing HOPE to individuals, build confidence and allow them to work toward having the life of their choosing. This building would also be used to provide more support groups and educational meeting for individuals, families and the general public.  If you are able to donate, please do so, if not, please forward the following link.
Thanking you all in advance,
Ann Lewis
NAMI Augusta President

How support groups help…



Jennifer Bozeman

My name is Jen and I am a member of NAMI Augusta/Thomson here in the CSRA.  For me, the support groups have helped me to work out some of my issues.  For instance, NAMI is a sounding board to help me with the challenges of day to day living.  During groups, I feel safe, sound and secure because I know what I say there is and has been kept confidential. As a person living with mental illness, (Schizophrenia affective disorder) along with some other diagnosis, my NAMI group really challenges me to be honest.  By sharing my story with others, I have learned I am not alone. I also learned that mental illness does not define me.  We define Mental Illness by recognizing our symptoms, asking for help when we need it, and taking care of ourselves.  Since becoming a member a member of the Caring and Sharing groups, my life has really changed.  I get out of the house everyday of the week by attending NAMI groups, Celebrating Recovery groups, line dancing at the YMCA and then being able to volunteer at a local food bank where I live.  NAMI works, “See I am living proof”!

May is Mental Health Month, here are some upcoming events:

  • May 2, 2015- Friendship Annual Yard and Plant sale. Event will be held at Friendship Recovery Center (FRC)  located at 1720 Central Avenue.  For further information on FCC please refer to the link located  under the Mental Health.
  • May 7, 2015- 14th Annual Legislative Dinner RSVP required.  The Augusta Coalition for Mental Health Advocacy proudly serves as the advocacy committee of Mental Health of America of Augusta. The coalition was founded to allow Mental Health Professionals and consumer groups to jointly advocate legislation supporting mental health services for Georgians.
  • May 19, 2015- Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homeless (PATH) is a federally funded program which helps individuals living with mental illness and are at risk of being homeless or homeless transition to housing.  To contact the PATH team, please feel free to call:  Karen Paschal @ 706.432.7941 office or 706.421.7110 cell.  Click the link for information on the upcoming Resource Fair.     PATH RESOURCE FAIR FLYER
  • May 29, 2015- Brian Anderson with Georgia Regents University’s Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior will be conducting the 1st Quarterly Peer Net of the CSRA.  Mr. Charles Willis from the GMHCN will be the guest speaker. This event will focus on the  benefit of having Peers in the workplace, the role of the Peer and how to enhance the overall goal of the supporting people living with mental illness to get well.


None traditional PTSD treatment

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be completely debilitating. There are several treatments including medication and psychotherapy, but there is also a burgeoning collection of activities that people are finding therapeutic in addressing their PTSD symptoms.


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Thank you Babs from AlbanyNAMI