Institute of Psychiatry

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI logoOne 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 PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). The National Alliance on Mental Illness Charleston Area is an organization that values all members of the family affected by these disorders. We provide programs for both the family members and clients, all of those whom seek support, education, and advocacy. Our support groups are designed to deliver constructive and compassionate assistance to people in need.

NAMI Charleston Area offers monthly support groups for family members and friends of those who have a loved one who suffers from a mental illness and also for individuals recovering from a brain disorder/mental illness.

Family to Family

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Institute of Psychiatry are sponsoring a valuable educational series titled, "Family to Family" beginning Wednesday October 2nd. This is a free, 12-week program for family members and friends of individuals challenged by mental illness. The series is instructed by trained NAMI mentors who also have family member with a mental illness. Topics will include: understanding mental illness, diagnosis education, medications, communication skills, crisis management, coping skills, and relapse prevention.

The program begins Wednesday, October 2nd and will meet for 12 consecutive Wednesdays through December 18th from 6:00 - 8:30 pm in the 5 North #526 classroom. See attached flyers for more details or contact Mark Stimpson: Weekdays: 792-9320, Evenings & Weekends: 881-8332 or email

Download a MUSC Family to Family flier

Family Support Groups

Charleston, Downtown
67 President Street
Support:  4:00pm
Inpatient support group meets in Room 3N.  The Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) is on the corner of President and Doughty Streets in downtown Charleston.
First and Third Monday of the Month

Charleston, West Ashley
Charleston Mental Heath Clinic
2100 Charlie Hall Blvd. (north wing)
Support for those in recovery:  1:30pm - 3:00pm
Every Wednesday

Charleston, West Ashley
Elks Lodge
1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Client & Family Support:  6:00pm - 7:15pm
Use the main entrance.
Education:  7:30pm - 8:30pm
Education meetings for consumers and family members are held together.  The speakers discuss various issues related to mental health.
Second Monday of the Month

Bethany United Methodist Church
118 West Third South Street
Client & Family Support:  6:00pm - 7:30pm
Third Monday of the Month

Daniel Island
The Church of the Holy Cross
299 Seven Farms Drive
Client & Family Support:  6:00pm - 7:15pm
Consumer and family members support group meets together
Fourth Monday of the Month

Download a NAMI Support Group Flier

Link to NAMI Charleston


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