Find help and hope beginning March 8
Family-to-Family classes now taking registration

For many, NAMI's acclaimed and free Family-to-Family program for families, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness is a game changer. Designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA, the class helps participants better understand a loved one’s illness and become a more powerful advocate advocate for them.

For many, however, it's the coping skills learned from Family-to-Family that have made a profound and positive impact on their and their loved ones lives. Classes also offer the support of others who share a strong common bond.

Sponsored by the Western Carolina affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the class will be held in Asheville from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesdays from March 8 - May 24. Class size is limited and early pre-registration is required. To register, call 828-989-2365 or email or

Veterans Treatment Court is topic
of next education forum

The need for Veteran Treatment Courts in Buncombe County as well as giving individuals with mental health issues respect and a chance in our legal system will be topics at NAMI Western Carolina’s next free monthly education forum.

The session will be held Thursday, February 11, beginning at 6 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville.

Dr. Eric D. Howard, MSW, will discuss the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court, development and implementation of which he leads.

Howard has more than 12 years of experience in mental health and working with disenfranchised populations in the education and criminal justice settings. He has an Ed. D from East Tennessee State University, an MSW from University of South Carolina, a BSW from Mars Hill University, and an AS from Georgia Military College.