3. News

NAMI  Appalachian South  Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The tenth anniversary of the founding of NAMI Appalachian South will be celebrated with a party honoring the founders on Friday, January 26th, 6:30 to 8:30p.m. in the third floor classroom at Angel Medical Center, Franklin. Friends of NAMI and members, old and new, are invited to attend for food and fellowship. Appalachian South is the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness. This is a grass roots, non-profit, peer organization with a commitment to better the lives of those affected by mental illness through peer support, education and advocacy. Over the past 10 years, Appalachian South has conducted several of the Family-to-Family series, a twelve week program for family members, the Peer-to-Peer 10 week class for individuals challenged by mental illness, and a number of “In Our Own Voice” presentations, a program designed for the public to increase understanding and decrease stigma, and have advocated for increased services in our area. A peer support group is help weekly at the First Methodist Outreach Center.
Information: Jennifer (828) 371-5996

2017 NAMI NC Statewide Conference

Update on Board Election


NAMI North Carolina has received feedback from our membership about the board election process. We have heard your concerns and have taken them seriously.

Dixie Branch has been appointed as the Board Nominations Committee Chair. She and her committee will re-start the Board of Directors election process for this year.

Board applications, which can be found here, will be accepted through Sunday, January 14th. If you have already submitted a complete application, your application will be considered by the committee. The Nominating Committee will present the board candidates for the slate at the January 27th board meeting.

This year, we will offer voting online and by mail. Voting will open March 1, 2018. More information about voting and candidates will be available after the January board meeting.

Expanded information about the NAMI North Carolina Board of Directors, including minutes and policies and procedures, can be found here.

Our strength is in our members and we are fortunate to have so many of you working for NAMI North Carolina’s success. If you have questions about the Board elections, please email boardrecruit@naminc.org


Family Memberships are no longer available. Individual memberships are $35.00 or Open Door $3.00. We have a donor who will cover a membership if you are a bit short of funds, just let Denise know.


Presenting In Our Own Voice to Macon Co 9th Graders 2016
Presenting In Our Own Voice to Macon Co 9th Graders 2016

 In Our Own Voice (IOOV)

is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery, accompanied by a nationally approved video.  IOOV is available to any

Presenting In Our Own Voice to Macon Co 9th Graders - 2015
Presenting In Our Own Voice to Macon Co 9th Graders – 2015

group wanting to know more about mental illness.  Nami Appalachian South has been granted the privilege to offer this to the 9th grade students in Macon County.


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 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.

Our NAMI Award from 2014
Our NAMI Award from 2014

All of NAMI’s educational 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.  Reserve your spot today.

Through NAMI membership, we find strength in numbers and a voice for mental illness.  Stand up and be counted.  Anonymous membership available.  Become a member online www.nami.org  or check with Mary Ann.  wloghouse@juno.com   We have applications at the meetings. Membership is $35 for individual or $3.00 /Costs can be waived if needed. 
You Are Not Alone!  It is Not Your Fault!  We will never give up hope.

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