"I'm one of the class clowns here at NAMI," she laughingly said to me. "NAMI, mommy, I say, because come here and NAMI will take care of you."
This last Tuesday was my second time at NAMI and these words were spoken by one of the group leaders of the consumers support group and I can now say with certainty that I will be a regular member. At a NAMI meeting, there are support groups for consumers and for family members. We talk about coping skills and support, which I needed Tuesday, because I felt really down. I was allowed to talk about what I was going through and people shared their own coping skills with me and by the end of the hour, I felt much better. I had been listened to without judgement and my feelings had been validated, which is what I had needed all along. Afterwards, I felt more stable than I had all day and finally ready to interact with the people at home. I will always be eternally grateful for this.
I have a link to NAMI on this site-take a look! There is a NAMI group in just about every county in the USA-even in Baldwin county, the county of the dreaded Milledgeville! Tuesday at 7:30 pm at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church is when NAMI meets in Gwinnett County. I hope to see you there!