Stop DA STIGMA Fighters

Stop DA STIGMA Fighters present the 5th annual Red Party Fundraiser

August 29, 2015

Time: 6 PM- 11:00 PM

Henry Brighman Community Center

2463 Golden Camp Road

Come out and have a great time for a great cause, while bringing awareness and education while having a ball. Free food and drinks… Great Prizes and plenty of music, with some local Entertainment.

Cost: $20.00 in Advance $25.00 -At the door

Free food and drinks… Great  Prizes and plenty of music. There will be some local entertainment.

$20.00 In Advance– $25.00 At the door

DJ, Raffles, Door Prizes (Flat Screen TV), Free Food, Open Bar, Entertainment…

Part of the proceeds will go to the Fatty Marshall Foundation that gives to our children during Christmas who are living with HIV and AIDS.

Contact Information:  Wanda Collier: Ph: 706.421.4320 or Email:

Tamara Perry: 706.231.0786 Email: TPERRY36@YAHOO.COM


Please visit the facebook page on stopdastigma link listed below.


NAMI Augusta to sponsor “Women’s Empowerment Conference”

Who:  Women in the community who would like to learn coping skills, raising self-esteem, dressing for success and to hear others tells their story of transition from tragedy to triumphs.

When:  August 2015

Where:  Main Library located at 825 Telfair Street

Time:  10:00AM

Lunch to be served

Cost:  Free

Please feel free to contact Ann Lewis for more information at 706.691.1047 or

Bert Yancy funding at work

Bert Yancy,  a professional golf player who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during his senior year at West Point.  He spent nine months in an Army psychiatric hospital before being honorably discharged.  Yancy’s illness resurfaced and led to him being involved in a series of bizarre incidents, for which he was at various times arrested, incarcerated and institutionalized.  During the last five years of his life, he became an advocate for those living with mental illnesses.  He formed Bogeys, Birdies & Bert, a group “for the education and support of depressive illnesses”.  In honor of the the commitment Mr. Yancy showed during his lifetime, there is a local committee named “The Bery Yancy Committee.”  This committee sponsors an annual golf tournament to raise monies for Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance (DBSA) support group, Friendship Recovery Center and NAMI Augusta.  The monies granted to NAMI helps us to work on Educating, Supporting and Advocating for individuals and family members who live in the CSRA.  They also provide an educational grant.  This grant is provided to aid individuals in paying for educational fee’s.  This year, NAMI was able to use $200.00 to assist an individual to purchase books for classes at Augusta Tech.  We were also fortunate to provide the registration for five individuals to attend the Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) training  here in Augusta which is taught by the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN). Picture coming soon.

Follow-up of Mental Health Month

As previously stated, May is Mental Health Month, and the CSRA worked hard to provide Education and Resources to the community.  Friendship’s Recovery Center had a very successful Yard Sale.  They offered housewares, electronics, jewelry, clothing, plants, toys. great grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and chips.  Mental Health America MHA once again sponsored the Legislative Dinner at the Augusta Country Club. Congratulations to Mr. Ken Wilson who is the Director of Stepping Stones to Recovery.  He was chosen as the Advocate of the Year by our local MHA committee.   The committed had a consumer share his recovery story.  By sharing our stories, we help dispel the stigma associated with living with mental illness.  Serenity Behavioral Health Systems’   Pathways for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) sponsored a resource fair. This event was also a great success.  Several organizations came together as vendors to share resource information to individuals in the community.  Some of the vendors were: Veteran Services, Health Department offered free HIV Testing, A Brighter Heritage Inc, Walton Options, Community Action Works, Augusta’s Mini Theater, Easter Seals and a whole host of other vendors which can be seen on the NAMI in Action page. Last but not least,  Brian Anderson and the GRU psychiatric department sponsored the first quarterly meeting for Certified Peer Specialist (CPS’)  to come together to discuss how we as individuals living with mental illness work in the mental health arena also need to take care of ourselves and being able to ask for support when needed.