Non-profit Spotlight: NAMI Lowcountry

NAMI Lowcountry offers programs that support individuals with mental illness.

Mission:

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Lowcountry is dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness and their families. It reaches out to our community; advocates for mental health; and provides education and support so that all those affected can build better lives.

History:

In 1988, a handful of Beaufort County families that were all trying to cope with the mental illness of a loved one met through their association with the Coastal Empire Community Mental Health Center in Beaufort. They formed the Beaufort Alliance for the Mentally Ill and continued to meet informally to support each other and find ways to educate the community about serious mental illness. In 1991 NAMI Beaufort County was officially recognized as a nonprofit organization. In 2015 the board of directors voted to change the affiliate name to NAMI Lowcountry to better reflect the expansion of its service area to include Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton and Allendale counties.

Who it Helps:

NAMI Lowcountry offers programs that support individuals with mental illness. NAMI Connection is a peer-led recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each other’s experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding. NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. NAMI Lowcountry also owns apartments that they rent at reduced cost to the mentally ill who are able to live independently.

How to Help:

Become a NAMI member at the national, state and local level. Also, 100 percent of donated money stays in the Lowcountry. You can also support NAMI Lowcountry events, such as the 2019 Mardi Gras Gala on Feb. 16 at Sonesta Resort.

For more information on NAMI Lowcountry, visit namilowcountry.org, email [email protected] or call 843-681-2200.

NAMI Lowcountry