NAMI-Greenville’s programs fall into two general categories: support or education. Each program is intended for a different population. All programs are led by individuals who have been trained by NAMI. They are not professionals, but are individuals who have dealt with mental illness either themselves or with loved ones.
NAMI Spartanburg is now offering a Caregiver’s Support Group each 2nd Thursday, at 7 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spartanburg. Connection Support Group will continue to meet each 3rd Tuesday at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Call NAMI Spartanburg at 864-578-0047 for information on these groups and other programs.
Education courses are listed on the front. They are offered from one to three times per year depending upon demand and teacher availability. Although the courses are free, pre-registration is required through NAMI-Greenville, (864) 331-3300.
Support groups are ongoing with no registration, and are free. These are referred to as peer support, and not psychotherapy. Meetings last either 1 or 1 ½ hours.
- Connection Support Group is for adults with a diagnosed mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective, schizophrenia, OCD, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, etc.
- Every Monday at 6:15 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2310 Augusta St., Greenville, SC 29605
- Open to veterans only: Every other Wednesday at 10:00am, Augusta Road – Ramsey Family Branch Library, 100 Lydia St., Greenville, SC 29605
- Caregivers for adults living with adults with mental illness.
- Every Monday at 6:15 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2310 Augusta St.,
Greenville, SC 29605.
The Ten Principles of Support
We acknowledge the fact that someone we love has a brain disorder.We acknowledge that his/her brain disorder has had an impact on all our relationships.
We accept that we have no control over others; we only have control over our own actions and thoughts.
We release our feelings of guilt.
We forgive ourselves for our own mistakes and others for wrongs we feel have been committed against us.
We choose to be happy and healthy and to return to a healthy focus on ourselves.
We keep expectations for ourselves and others at realistic levels.
We believe that we have inner strengths to sustain us through crisis.
We value this support group and commit ourselves to sustain it for our own benefit and the benefit of other families.
We acknowledge a higher power to whom we turn for nurture and strengthen.
Goals of Support
The goal of support group meetings is to help the caregiver have a safe place to share their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental atmosphere, to be embraced by others who are in similar circumstances, to gain encouragement and hope in managing their lives, and to grow in the knowledge that we can return to a happy and healthy life.
Important Phone Numbers
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)