November 3 2017 Updates

Dear NAMI Family,

Our next monthly educational meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church of Pendleton at 351 S. Broad St. in Pendleton.  Park behind the church and follow the signs to the meetings.

For our latest announcements, please go to the ‘NEWS’ tab section of our website,

PresentationSally Bassida-Lassiter and members of Gateway Clubhouse

Sally Bassida-Lassiter and members of Gateway Clubhouse in Greenville will be our guest speakers.  Learn more about the benefits of a clubhouse.

Gateway is the premier adult mental health resource for the Greenville community. Its proven and unique Clubhouse Model offers the greatest hope for long-term success, because it provides members with a sense of hope, confidence and belonging. The result is not only enriched lives of those living with severe mental illness, but numerous benefits for the family, friends and employers with whom they interact.

In addition, there will be an update on the future clubhouse coming to the Anderson-Oconee-Pickens area.

Anyone who is interested in learning more is invited to attend. A question and answer period will follow.

Family and Connection (Individual Living with Mental Illness) Support Groups– Must be 18 years of age to attend.

First Tuesday of the month– First Baptist Church, Pendleton

Connection Support Group– 6:15 pm

Family Support Group– 6:15 pm

Second Tuesday of the month- Grace Episcopal Church, Anderson

Family Support Group– 6:30 pm

Third Tuesday of the month– First Baptist Church, Pendleton  **This group will be temporarily unavailable until more facilitators are trained.**

Connection Support Group– 6:15 pm


NAMI Family-to-Family Course– Begins February 11, 2018

Our next NAMI Family-to-Family course will begin on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Clemson.  The course is taught each Sunday, except Easter Sunday, through May 5, 2018.  Topics include brain biology, the major mental illnesses, psychiatric drugs, communication skills, problem-solving skills, empathy, self-care recovery and advocacy.

For more information or to register contact Michelle Ready, 864-882-5131.


Parents and Teachers as Allies Presentation

Our Parents and Teachers as Allies team is available to present the 2 hour in-service to teachers, guidance counselors, career counselors, and other agencies who work with children and adolescents.  This presentation educates those in attendance about mental health conditions, including suicide prevention, in children and adolescents.  Let’s help our young people by educating those who work with them.

Comments about the presentation include, “This is the best in-service I’ve been to in 30 years!” and “I wish I’d known this information when I was a new teacher.”

To schedule a presentation, contact Michelle Ready, 864-882-5131 or

Join NAMI AOP!- Pay by cash, check, or online by credit card

As a member of NAMI you’ll receive NAMI National’s news magazine, The Advocate, in addition to state and local newsletters, and reduced costs to the national convention and the NAMI store.

You’ll belong to NAMI on the local, state, and national level.  Membership is $40 a year for an individual and $60 for a family membership.  If you have limited financial resources, you can join for $5 and receive all the same benefits.  Donations are always welcome.

Membership forms are available online at or at the monthly educational meeting and support groups.  To pay by credit card, go to

NAMI is a 501(c)3 organization so your dues and donations are tax deductible.  As always, thank you for your support!

For Further Information about NAMI AOP or for Resources-

Visit our website at or contact Michelle Ready at 864-882-5131.

Michelle Ready

NAMI AOP Resource Person