NAMI Charleston Area Reads On Our Bookshelf This Month:

insane consequences by DJ Jaffe

This well-researched and highly critical examination of the state of our mental health system by the industry’s most relentless critic presents a new and controversial explanation as to why–in spite of spending $147 billion annually–140,000 seriously mentally ill are homeless, 390,000 are incarcerated, and even educated, tenacious, and caring people can’t get treatment for their mentally ill loved ones.

DJ Jaffe blames the mental health industry and the government for shunning the 10 million adults who are the most seriously mentally ill–mainly those who suffer from schizophrenia and severe bipolar disorder–and, instead, working to improve “mental wellness” in 43 million others, many of whom are barely symptomatic.

Insane Consequences proposes smart, compassionate, affordable, and sweeping reforms designed to send the most seriously ill to the head of the line for services rather than to jails, shelters, prisons, and morgues. This book is a must-read for anyone who works in the mental health industry or cares about the mentally ill, violence, homelessness, incarceration, or public policy. 

Free NAMI Family to Family Classes Online

If you haven’t taken the NAMI Family to Family class, now is your chance! NAMI Pee Dee and NAMI Lowcountry have online classes starting this month (September 19th and September 20th). Pre-registration is required to attend the class. See how to register below.

NAMI Family to Family program is a free 8-week educational class for adult family members, significant others, and friends of adults 22 and over living with mental health conditions.

It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there; the program includes presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises.

NAMI Lowcountry will have their class online on Saturdays starting September 19th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Register now by clicking this LINK

NAMI Pee Dee’s class will be online on Sundays beginning September 20th. Email Lou Hanna at or Carol Hill at to register for this class. 

Free Resilience Screening and Ending the Silence Webinars

NAMI SC is presenting several free ETS webinars and Resilience screenings in September and October for parents and caregivers of youth. They are also providing free ETS webinars for parents of college students and college students. 

Resilience is a new documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress.

You’ll learn how toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. 

NAMI’s Ending the Silence (ETS) is a 60- minute presentation that helps raise awareness around mental health conditions. The presentation includes:

  • Warning signs 
  • Facts and statistics of mental health conditions
  • Suicide awareness and prevention 
  • How to approach your student

To see the schedule and to register, please click HERE.

To schedule a presentation contact Paige Selking at

NAMIWalks Your Way Charleston 2020 Rally!

If you missed the live NAMIWalks Your Way Charleston Rally on August 29th, you can still catch it! The video can be found on our brand-new NAMI Charleston Area (SC) YouTube channel HERE or on our website. You can watch as Kelly Troyer, NAMIWalks Charleston Walk Manager, presents information on our 2nd annual NAMIWalks fundraiser. She explains what it means to have a virtual walk, where to go to create or join a walk team (HERE), how to promote on social media, and why we walk. Please visit and subscribe, because we will be adding more walk-related videos. Kelly’s video with Louie and Apollo asking if they were excited about the walk was so funny and cute. It may inspire you to create a video with your pet/s!

We enjoyed meeting new people and catching up with familiar ones. We gave out prizes to winners: Melanie and Shawn. We hope you had a fun time and that you enjoy the prizes. We talked about the importance of mental health awareness and reducing the stigma related to mental health. We also shared stories about positive experiences during this time of social distancing. Our guest speaker, Colleen Vaughn, talked about mental health and the importance of taking care of your own mental health during stressful times. Kelly shared a video from SC Representative James Clyburn and the previously mentioned video from Louie and Apollo. 

We are asking everyone to send us videos or pictures (with the Signs of Hope) to post on our social media leading up to the walk and on the day of the walk. If you have any questions, please email or call or text (843) 467-5224 .

NAMIWalks Your Way Charleston 2020

 Log on with us on October 10, 2020!

Here’s What to Do: 

Join us on Social Media and follow along on our live streams starting at 9 am. 

Participants are encouraged to make NAMIWalks your own by walking the 5K through your neighborhood, showing off the yoga skills you’ve been practicing, or whatever else makes you feel your best!

Be sure to share your activity on your favorite social media platform with the link to your walk fundraising page and include the hashtags #NotAlone and #MentalHealthForAll.

Together we can promote mental health awareness, strengthen our community, and let each other know that you are #NotAlone.

Start your team or join a team HERE.

Check out this short video to see what NAMIWalks is all about!

Questions or want to become a sponsor?
Contact Kelly Troyer, NAMI Walk Manager 
Phone: (843) 467-5224
Mail: NAMI Charleston Area (SC), P.O. Box 2251
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465