Welcome to NAMI of Macon County, NC

Recovery Champion Award, 2015
Recovery Champion Award, 2015

NAMI AppSouth May 2017 NewsletterNAMI Appalachian South was awarded the “Outstanding Affiliate of the Year Award, 2014”
Thank you to everyone for your hard work!

Welcome to NAMI Appalachian South. We serve Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson Counties and surrounding communities Like Highlands, Franklin, and the cities in surrounding counties.

Movie Night:
“It’s Kind of a Funny Story”
This Friday, February 16
Angel Medical Center
3rd Floor Video Conference Room

NAMI  Appalachian South  Celebrates 10th Anniversary! Click on the link for more

Weekly Support Group:

Our combination support group meets weekly at 7p.m, at the First United Methodist Church Outreach Center at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main St., directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery. This group is for

Franklin Press article about NAMI

anyone suffering mental illness and family/ friends of a loved one challenged by mental illness. This includes Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Use Disorder, and others.


Here you will find others living with mental health challenges and that you are not alone, learn coping skills and find hope in shared experience, and how to live life with the expectation of a better future.  Information: Kay 706 970-9987/ Denise 828 347-5000.


NAMI Appalachian South

NAMI Appalachian South

NAMI NC Conference 2014
NAMI NC Conference 2014

is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. We recognize that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency and support are essential to

NAMI members attending the NAMI NC Conference 2014
NAMI members attending the NAMI NC Conference 2014

improving the wellness and quality of life of all persons affected by mental illness. Mental illnesses should not be an obstacle to a full, meaningful life. The purposes of the affiliate are to
(1) provide support to family members and peers,
(2) serve as a center for the collection and dissemination of NAMI Conferenceinformation about mental illness,
(3) foster public education,
(4) develop coping skills for families and peers,
(5) advocate and
(6) aid community support services.

Two educational programs, coming this winter: Peer-to-Peer and Family-to-Family.

  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a program for individuals living with mental illness who are interested in maintaining their wellness.  Participants learn about symptoms, treatment, and coping skills.  This program is offered in Franklin, in the evening, weekly.  Call (828) 526-9510 to get on the list.
  • NAMI Family-to-Family is a highly acclaimed program for individuals that have a family member
    NAMI display in the Cashiers NC Library.
    NAMI display in the Cashiers NC Library.

    dealing with mental illness. Get information about mental illness and treatment options, information on how to deal with a crisis situation, and learn strategies related to caregiving.  Please call (828) 526-9510 to get on the list.

NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer and Family-to-Family programs are taught by individuals with both training and lived experience.  By building strength and tolerance through understanding, shared experience and education, NAMI creates a comfortable, confidential learning atmosphere where participants have the opportunity for open discussion.

NAMI Picnic: Thanks for a great time everyone. To those who weren't there, we missed you!!!
NAMI Picnic: Thanks for a great time everyone. To those who weren’t there, we missed you!!!

Recognizing Substance Use Disorder Recognizing Substance Use Disorder as a treatable brain disorder and breaking the stigma through advocacy, education and treatment will be the subject of a presentation on Thursday, April 6 at 6p.m., Drake Education Center, 210 Phillips St., Franklin.

Donald McDonald, 1912241_764328830246651_939587955_nCertified Substance Abuse Counselor and a person in long-term recovery will share his personal and professional experience in addiction and recovery and outline how we can build a Recovery Community. Sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) More information: Perry 828 200-3000/ Kay 706 970-9987

NAMI Appalachian South

NAMI Appalachian South is a non-profit (501c-3) organization and is supported by gifts, memberships and grants from Macon County Community Funding Pool, the Evergreen Foundation, the N.C. Community Foundation and a gift from the Neidig Family Charitable Fund. Donations are Appreciated: P.O. BOX 464, Otto, NC 28763 Write to us/Visit us To Become a Member, or visit http://naminc.org/join/

NAMI NC Helpline: 1-800-451-9682

Tell Your Story

It’s important for people living with mental health conditions to know that they are not alone.

Sharing a story about your personal experiences with mental health challenges can help in your own recovery as well as provide encouragement and support to others with similar experiences.

Telling your story can take several forms:

Song Lyrics/Music
Inspirational quotes

NAMI offers two safe, moderated spaces for sharing stories and creative expression:

You Are Not Alone

OK 2 Talk


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