Dual Recovery group begins
Renewal, a dual recovery support group sponsored by NAMI Western Carolina, has begun holding regular meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. Meetings will be held at NAMI Western Carolina offices, upper level of 356 Biltmore Ave., Asheville.
Meeting facilitators will include program director Dan Grunau and Kevin Mahoney, both certified peer support specialists and clinical psychologist Gus Diggs. Group discussions will explore the relationship between mental health issues, substance use and sustained recovery with topics that include self-care, coping skills, social skills, the role and use of medication, stress management, interpersonal relationships and more. For more information, check out the program flyer here.
NAMI-WC member pens article, book
Kitty Richards, a member of NAMI Western Carolina and an In Our Own Voice presenter, has written an article appearing in Western North Carolina Woman magazine for Mental Health Awareness Month. Kitty's article, Between a Rock and a Hard, Hard Place: (Mis)Understanding Mental Health, appears in the magazine's May issue. Kitty is also the author of a book on her own journey with bipolar disorder entitled Battles of a Bipolar Buddhist. More information and a review of that book can be found here.
for your group
NAMI Western Carolina's In Our Own Voice speakers will talk to your class, organization or faith community about important things you need to know about mental illness. They will talk to you about their recovery and the important components of recovery such as dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills, successes, hopes, and dreams. Contact: Paulette Heck; 828-581-0080, email@example.com.