NAMI SC, whose office is located in Columbia, SC, was founded in 1986. There are 18 affiliates around the state including our newest affiliate on the Clemson University campus for college students. Our staff includes an Executive Director, a Director of Education and Family Organization, a Director of Crisis Intervention Training, and an Office Manager. The NAMI SC Board of Directors has nineteen members from affiliates around the state as well as community leaders interested in mental illness issues.
Our Help Line offers information to those who want to learn more about the various mental illnesses, NAMI SC’s educational programs, support groups, and treatment facilities in the state. The Help Line is open Monday- Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. After hours, please leave a message, and we’ll return your call.
NAMI SC offers numerous educational programs for our members as well as the community at large. Family-to-Family is a course for family members of adult individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness. NAMI Basics is for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents experiencing symptoms of mental illness. The Peer-to-Peer course is an experiential learning program for people experiencing symptoms of mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. The Breaking the Silence program teaches school children about mental illness. Parents and Teachers as Allies helps families and school professionals identify the key warning signs of early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents in our schools. In Our Own Voice, IOOV, is a public education program presented by two trained consumer speakers experiencing symptoms of mental illness and achieving recovery. Provider Education is for line staff at public agencies who work directly with people who experience symptoms of severe and persistent mental illness. Crisis Intervention Training, CIT, educates police officers about mental illness and how to apply their training in the field. A more in depth explanation of these programs is available on our Programs page.
Our NAMI SC State Conference is held annually in various cities around the state. Attendees receive information about new developments regarding mental illness. Guest speakers may include experts in various medical fields, elected officials interested in mental health issues, as well as NAMI members who are in leadership roles.
We invite you to join NAMI. You will become a member at the national, state, and local level. NAMI National issues a quarterly magazine called, The Advocate, which includes the latest research on mental illness, upcoming events and issues, personal stories, etc.. Benefits of membership include state and local newsletters, updates on meetings and legislative hearings, as well as discounts to attend the national and state conventions. Your membership will allow us to continue to fight stigma, provide educational programs, advocate for those with mental illness, and fund research which will ultimately lead to a cure for mental illness.