I would like to talk to you about two mental health support groups: NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) and DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance). Both of these affiliates are located in Statesboro, Ga. There are other chapters located across America.
NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally III): For three decades, NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. NAMI has support and public education programs focused on educating America about mental illness. NAMI generally meets the second Monday of each month at the Presbyterian church in Statesboro, 1215 Fair Road. There are several benefits for joining NAMI: membership in the local affiliate, state, organization and NAMI national organizations; eligibility to vote in all NAMI elections; subscription to The Advocate, NAMI's quarterly magazine, as well as access to optional subscriptions to specialty newsletters and information at the national, state and local levels; member discounts on brochures, videos, promotional items and registration at NAMI's annual convention and many state and local conferences; access to members-only material. We at NAMI provide support to individuals who are in need of help.
DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance): DBSA is a peer-led support organization that is aimed at providing support for individuals with mental illness. I have been diagnosed with several mental illnesses. I am personally interested in talking with anyone who has a mental illness and who wishes to talk with someone who understands. So, I know what many of you are going through. I understand. I am also the president of the local DBSA. We meet twice per month (the second and fourth Tuesday) at a little church named Lower Mill Creek Baptist Church. (We do not preach to you. We are here to provide support for you). We are located at the intersection of Highway 80 and Lee Street at the blinking light.
We announce the meetings in the Community Calendar in the Statesboro Herald in order to provide support for anyone who has a mental illness.
I have had many calls in the past from people who were interested in DBSA but many of them have not attended the meetings. I know that sharing can be difficult and scary. I understand that taking that first step to come to a meeting can be difficult. Just know that we are all sharing mental illnesses. So, please, make that first step. Come to a meeting and see what we are all about. If you are not satisfied, you are not obligated to come back. There are no dues to pay. Just come to the meeting and share.
If you are willing to talk with me, please give me a call at (912) 690-0396.
Sean O'Sullivan, NAMI member and president of
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Statesboro, GA Chapter.