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November 15, 2020

Local high-school student Sara Orr wrote a play based on the novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, then gathered a group of friends to perform it as a fund-raiser for the local NAMI-AOP affiliate.  Steve Creager, the Board President for NAMI AOP, spoke with Sara recently and learned more about what she had done. Sara is passionate about Drama, and also about mental illness, noting that she wants to help erase the stigma that is so often associated with mental illness in our society.

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    To the NAMI AOP community; note the interview linked below by Paige Selking from NAMI-SC for BASC (which stands for Behavioral Alliance of South Carolina) about several NAMI programs including Ending the Silence. She discusses how ETS is operating now that schools are not meeting in person.  It runs 17 minutes; have a look!


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    NAMI AOP Support group and educational meetings, normally scheduled for the first Tuesday evening of each month, will be suspended until further notice due to social distancing recommendations associate with the COVID-19 Pandemic.  For more information about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on mental health, please see the NAMI national website at

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    A new support group meeting will start in September 2019 in Easley, in the NAMI AOP region. Family to Family support group meetings will be held the third Tuesday of each month, starting September 17, 2019, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, at The Salvation Army Pickens, 102 Stewart Dr., Easley.

    Family-to-Family is a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one whoh has experiences symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences.

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    Ending the Silence (ETS) is a relatively new (since 2016) program from NAMI that shares vital information including signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and suicide awareness and prevention, for middle and high school students, school staff and families of students of all ages. Since 2017 more than 30,000 people in South Carolina have heard the presentation (primarily students). We are excited that ETS is now in our Anderson / Oconee / Pickens NAMI Affiliate.

    In Pickens County,

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