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If someone you love has a mental health diagnosis, there is a new source of support for you in Springfield.  An affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is forming through the work of local families. Tony Cowan is spearheading the initiative for families which need help coping with mental illness in their lives. Almost everyone knows someone who is caring for a loved one with mental illness, or themselves living life’s experience with a mental health diagnosis. A group of families wanted to bring to the community services which are free of cost and help to make life better on a number of levels. NAMI is the proven organization to do that. No one should be doing this alone.

NAMI is the largest grassroots volunteer mental health organization in the United States, founded by families who know first-hand the challenges of caring for a loved one with a mental health diagnosis such as depression, bipolar, anxiety or schizophrenia. NAMI offers families guidance, support and information about treatment resources. NAMI also works to educate the community about mental illness, and to end the stigma that surrounds it. In the future we will offer classes for parents and other caregivers who will be assisted in dealing with day-to-day issues such as crisis management, medications and self-care.

A NAMI Combined Support Group began meeting in June, 2018 and is scheduled to meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield. NAMI Robertson is serving anyone in the area who may choose to come to the group meeting in Springfield.  NAMI’s support group is for family members and friends, as well as those who live life’s experience with mental illness.

The NAMI Robertson HelpLine was activated in 2018 and provides a resource for those needing information about NAMI education programs, support groups, advocacy issues or local resources availability. For more information about NAMI Robertson, call the HelpLine at 615 212-9308, or write to NAMI Robertson, P.O. Box 1306, Springfield, TN  37172. Check out www.nami.org and www.namitn,org for information on state and national initiatives and links to an extensive source of mental health related information.

Tony Cowan, chair

NAMI Robertson

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