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NAMI Northside's Monthly Newsletter
Dear Friends,

It is a privilege to serve as President of NAMI Northside. There is value in serving out of the adversity of life's experiences. It is often the unexpected and unwelcome challenges that shape us the most. These experiences can strengthen us and in turn, equip us to help others who find themselves in similar situations. Whether a family member or one with a mental health condition, confronting mental illness can be an isolating and lonely road. When my husband and I first found NAMI, we were depleted and desperate for support and education. NAMI was the safe place we needed to begin to understand what we were confronting, learn how better to help our loved one and to reframe our "new normal" in a healthier way. We are thankful for the dedicated volunteers and leaders who greeted us and helped us along the way and now value the opportunity to give back. 

I encourage you to explore our support groups, education classes, monthly education night, our upcoming mental health fair, our annual NAMIWalk and the other events we offer throughout the year. These groups, classes, and events are for you! Information on all of these offerings can be found on our website.

There is strength in sharing in the journey, hope to be celebrated in recovery and work to do in creating awareness and reducing stigma. Wherever you find yourself on your journey, we want you to know that there is a place for you at NAMI Northside! If you would like to become more involved through serving opportunities, please contact us at
Beth Sanders
President, NAMI Northside Atlanta



Register for our 5th Annual Mental Health Fair!
Saturday, April 29th
Come meet our most popular exhibitors from past years and the many new exhibitors who will join us this year!

Join us for this once-a-year informative event on April 29th, for a free opportunity to learn what services are available in the Atlanta area for individuals confronted with mental health conditions. Organizations and professionals who serve Atlanta's mental health community will be on exhibit to answer questions, share resources and present their services between 10 AM and NOON.  Lunch will be provided for those who register on our website, followed by an informative panel presentation from 1 PM and 2 PM.  

This year NAMI Northside has been challenged with a $10,000 match.  If you would like to make a donation in appreciation of, in honor of, or in memory of a loved one, please click here.  Your funds will be used to help us continue our work in providing support, education, and resources that offer help and hope in recovery.


We appreciate our current 2017 Sponsors!  Please click on their links below to learn what they can do for you!

NAMI Connections Support Group

We're happy to introduce Susan Ryerson, NAMI Northside's newest Connection Support Group Facilitator. Susan has done presentations for NAMI Northside over the years from the perspective of one who lives with a mental health diagnosis. Susan is approachable and authentic. A great fit for this role, we are thrilled to have her serve our membership in this way!

Thank you, Susan!

She will be facilitating groups at both Peachtree Presbyterian in Buckhead and Dunwoody United Methodist Church in Dunwoody.  Please feel free to contact her directly if you would like to learn more:

Meeting times are as follows:
The fourth Sunday of the month at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, room 4305
from 4:00 PM-5:30 PM  
3434 Roswell Rd NW. 30305

The third Tuesday of the month at DUMC, room 255
from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM  
1548 Mt. Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA, 30338
February was a busy month at NAMI Northside!

Bill McClung had the opportunity to present at the North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative on the need for a Clubhouse in the North Fulton area.

Alyssa Lenox and Beth Sanders were among others from surrounding Georgia affiliates who trained to become Ending the Silence presenters this month.

NAMI Northside is working in conjunction with NAMI GA on a new initiative that benefits the children and youth of our communities.  We are privileged to be one to the four affiliates in GA piloting this initiative.
Crisis Intervention Team - Youth (CIT-Y), is designed to provide a continuum of support and care for children and youth in our communities.  The goal is to educate our community on behavioral health issues that are relevant to children and youth while building pillars of awareness for caregivers and those who have a direct influence on our youth.  This initiative features four programs (CIT-Y, NAMI Basics, Ending the Silence and Parents and Teachers as Allies).  The program objectives are to provide resources and support to our children that lead to early intervention and to prevent some of the chronic deep end conditions that are often associated with adults with mental illness and other brain disorders.  It is our belief that this comprehensive programming will enable our children to plan and achieve goals that lead to full lives and meaningful futures.  
Bill McClung sharing his passion about what Clubhouses have to offer those who confront mental illness.
Newly trained Ending the Silence presenters from NAMI Northside, Alyssa Lenox and Beth Sanders.  Also pictured is Faye Taylor, President of NAMI Georgia, and friends from surrounding NAMI Georgia Affiliates. 

You Can Make A Difference!

  • Sign up for NAMI’s advocacy alerts. NAMI will email you when key votes are coming up and ask you to call or email your members of Congress.
  • Contact Congress and tell them you support mental health coverage.
  • Share your story about how mental health coverage has helped you get better, get back to work, get back to school or meet your goals. NAMI will share these stories with members of Congress, governors, media and others who can help us in this fight. We won’t share your name unless you give us permission.
  • Learn about the NAMI Public Policy Platform
Upcoming Events at NAMI Northside

Education Night March 27th:  "CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER"

This month we look forward to guest speakers Tori Tatum and Bea Presley from The Summit Counseling Center. They will give an overview of Summit Counseling and their newest location at Dunwoody United Methodist Church and then speak to us on the topic of "Caring for the Caregiver".
Refreshments will be served beginning at 7:00 PM with our speakers beginning at 7:30 PM.  Please join us at DUMC, 1548 Mt. Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338  Rm. #258

Affiliate Leadership Conference Calls:  1st Saturday each month @ 9:00 AM

Kim Jones, NAMI GA Executive Director hosts this call to inform all NAMI members on relevant matters happening in NAMI GA.  Every NAMI Northside member is welcome to join these informative calls.  Please dial in no later than 8:55 and mute your phone to eliminate background noise.  
Please call: 1-712-432-1549  Use access code #5465.

Opportunity to take our NAMI Basics Class!

Pamela Piper and Julianne Heighten will be offering NAMI Basics as soon as registration is full!  Please contact Pamela for details at​

NAMI Basics is a six-course class for parents and caregivers who have children that started to show signs of mental illness before the age of 13. Course participants learn crisis management skills, understand how to advocate, find resources and coping strategies.

Why Become a Member of NAMI Northside?

NAMI is a nonprofit organization that relies on gifts and contributions to offer free programming. The only fees associated with the many benefits of membership are the annual dues.  

If you have not yet joined NAMI Northside, or if you've received a notice that your membership has lapsed, won't you consider joining our efforts as we work to provide help, hope, and support to those confronted with mental illness? Please click here to join.

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