June 2012 Newsletter

NAMI Four Seasons Education & General Meeting Saturday, June 16th at 10:15 a.m. at Pardee Educational Center in Blue Ridge Mall. Please join us for our General Meeting and Education Program. The education program begins at 11 a.m. Our featured speaker is, Andrea Morris, MSW, LCSW, MAC, speaking to us about the Mental Health First Aid program and Mental Health 101. Any person dealing with mental illness as an individual, with a family member or friend will find this helpful.The Education meetings are open to all. Call 1-888-955-6264 for more information. Read our July newsletter for dates for the Classes for the Mental Health First Aid course.


Mark your calendar.

Nami Four Seasons will be helping to plan and taking part in the Family Fun Day Holiday Fest scheduled for December 8th . This will be the 12th annual event and will be held at the WNC Ag Center The mission of the “Fun Day’ is to promote a greater sense of awareness and community significance of people with disabilities and to offer a venue for learning, inclusion and social connection.

Looking for volunteers who would like to help at our booth we have a wonderful ‘activity” scheduled and we will be the quiet corner.
Nami FS is also helping to organize the food and drink assistance with this would be greatly appreciated. Do you like to bake, do you know of someone that would donate food or give us a discount price? Call 888-955 6264


Raffle winners.

Saturday May 19th NAMI Four Seasons raffled off a $50.00 Gift Card fromThe Fresh Market and a Gift Basket from the Mast General Store. The drawing took place at the Mayors Advisory Committee Health fare for people with disabilities.

The Gift Card went to Mechelle Holt of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Gift Basket to Lynn Eisenbiel NAMI Four Seasons member.


NAMI FS has registered with GoodSearch.com to raise funds. 

GoodSearch donates money to our cause when you search the Internet or shop online. They donate a penny per search to NAMI FS and a % of every purchase and offer over 100,000 coupons. Go to www.goodsearch.com

Under “Who do you GoodSearch for?” type NAMI Four Seasons then click “verify” then search away!!




NAMI Four Seasons knows that effective support groups are a key facet of NAMI’s grassroots organization.

Family Support Groups

Henderson County
2nd Thursday of every month
5:00pm Pardee Education Center
Blue Ridge Mall
Contact Gail Hollingsworth

4th Saturday of every month.
10:00am Grace Lutheran Church
Corner of Sixth Avenue and Blythe
Contact Bob Anderson

Polk County
Steps to Hope, Columbus, NC
1st Monday of every month
10:00am Steps to Hope, Columbus, NC
Contact Annie Ewing

Support Groups for Adults Living With Mental Illness

Henderson County
2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month at 430pm
The Sixth Avenue West Clubhouse
Contact Gail

Bi-Polar Support Group (Run by Pardee)
Meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month 6:30pm-8:30pm
Pardee Education Center
Contact Lori Johnson

Polk County
Every Thursday evening at 7:00pm
Contact Annie
864-457-7278 or 828-223-1835


Offers support groups and phone support for family members of children and adolescents who have mental illness.

4th Wednesday of every month 8:30am
Contact Donna Reilly

Teen and Young Adult Meeting
2nd Saturday of every month 11:30am
Contact Donna Reilly

NAMI Four Seasons Informational Program

Held at Pardee Education Center Blue Ridge Mall

Open to all those who are living with a mental illness as well as their family members,partners and friends.Interesting and informative programs on varied topics of help and interest to both families and those living with mental illness with speakers and DVD presentations.

3rd Saturday of every month at 10.15am
Includes a short business meeting and social networking
Call 1-888-955-NAMI (6264)


The Family-to-Family Education Program is a Free 12 session course on mental illness that includes ways to understand the illness and how to help the person who has the illness. It also helps the family overcome the difficulties of living with severe mental illness.

This highly effective and widely praised education course developed by NAMI member Dr. Joyce Burland has been attended by more than 3200 family members across North Carolina. An important aspect of the course is that it is taught by specially trained family members who have “been there”.

Next Class: Begins September 10th , 2012. Registration is required. Please call 1-888-955-6264 for more information.

The class curriculum includes:

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services


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