Charleston Area (SC)

We provide support, education, and advocacy for people with mental health conditions and their families.


About us

Who We Are

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.


What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an alliance of more than 600 local Affiliates and 48 State Organizations who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

What We Do

We provide programs for individuals with a mental health condition and their family members, friends, and others who provide care and support for them. One out of every five families has a loved one who suffers from a major psychiatric illness (brain disorder) such as schizophrenia or bipolar illness (manic depression). Millions more suffer from depression, anxiety, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), and PSTD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). NAMI Charleston Area is an organization that values all members of the family affected by issues related to mental health.  Our presentations, support groups, and education classes are free.

Support GROUPS

Now Accepting Nominations

NAMI Charleston Area is now accepting nominations for our Board of Directors. Our board members champion the importance of exceptional board leadership and believe that each and every organization needs a strong and effective board to fully realize its potential for good. If you would like to nominate someone or nominate yourself, please click the link below to see the application and requirements. The election for new board members will be held at our annual Membership meeting in March 2021.

Come join us

With your membership, you will be a member of NAMI Charleston Area, NAMI South Carolina, and NAMI.


  • Membership with NAMI, NAMI SC, and NAMI Charleston Area
  • Our flagship magazine, The Advocate
  • Discounts at the NAMI Store and on registration at NAMI’s National Convention
  • Full access to features on the NAMI website
  • Ability to vote on issues impacting NAMI Charleston Area

Upcoming Activities

    • Online Support Groups

    • Events

    • Presentations

    • Community Activities


Check back often for new activities

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We are all in this together.

There's a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, but one thing remains clear: people need access to mental health care and support. NAMI Charleston Area is here to ensure that no one is alone on their mental health journey.