- Until further notice, the Family Support Group is being cancelled. However, the Sharing and Caring support continues to meet. This meeting is an open group which means it is both open to consumers as well as family members. This group takes place the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Please feel free to call NAMI of Augusta for more information at 706.733.8838 or Ann Lewis at 706.691.1047.
On Friday, October 7th, 2014, NAMI Augusta participated in the Salvation Army’s Stand down for the homeless. This is an annual event that offers a variety of resources to individuals living in our community. NAMI was there to provide information on Mental Illness. We had a great time. NAMI was able to reach out to individuals and other community organizations to share who we are, and the services we offer.
On Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, Serenity Behavioral Health held a Health Fair that focused on HIV, Depression, and Mental Illness. Our volunteers were there to represent NAMI Augusta and to continue building community ties The event offered free HIV testing and counseling. Information on Depression and Mental Illness was also provided to individuals.
Participating in these events have allowed NAMI Augusta to reach out, Educate, Support and Advocate for those living with Mental Illness.
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 at 11:00 AM on 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
Written by Amanda Schick
“No matter what, there’s always a new day, a clean slate, an opportunity to begin again and vibrantly live out our “one wild and precious life.”” -Kelle Hampton
Thank the Lord for this. New mornings. New beginnings. Chances to start over again. How blessed we truly are. And He gives us the opportunity to live our lives to the fullest each day. I just finished re-reading a book called Bloom. It is by my favorite blog author, Kelle Hampton. Though her experience was different than mine (a child unexpectedly born with Down Syndrome), I find that a lot of her thoughts and words resonate with what I went through being hospitalized and diagnosed with a mental illness.
She speaks of letting your pain shape you and turn you into a more beautiful person. She says that we have one wild and precious life and that it is our responsibility to make the most of it. She has faced adversity and triumphed. I have faced adversity and triumphed. Although I do not want my illness to define me, I do want it to allow me to turn into a stronger person. It was not an ideal way to grow and change, but it caused me to do so. And even though the process was not enjoyable I wouldn’t trade what I have learned and I wouldn’t trade the person I have become through it.
Thanks, Kelle, for sharing your inspiring thoughts with the masses. I know there are others out there who also relate to her beautiful words.