SCServes Lowcountry is South Carolina’s first coordinated network of public, private, and non-profit organizations working together to serve veterans and their families. NAMI Lowcountry is proud to be one of the over 50 providers.
SCServes offers transitioning service members, veterans and their families access to a class-leading continuum of providers that runs the gamut from superior legal, housing and emergency service providers to employment, recreation and fitness, financial capabilities and more – all designed to provide those who serve, have served, and their families, with the most comprehensive service delivery experience available anywhere in the nation.
Click here to go to the SCServes website for more information.
Outreach to Veterans and Military families—almost 30% of all returning service men/women are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or another mental illness. Because of stigma and lack of knowledge, only 50% of this group will seek treatment. Each month 950 veterans attempt suicide.
In 2011 NAMI Beaufort County initiated a focused effort to provide support groups and education classes targeted specifically to the more than 13,000 veterans and their families in Beaufort County, the home of USMC Parris Island, the Marine Corps Air Station and Beaufort Naval Hospital.
Check out www.mavsasc.org for the Military and Veterans Service Alliance of the Lowcountry. NAMI Beaufort County is a a charter member of this organization and Executive Director Sarah Eliasoph is Treasurer. This initiative is expanding in 2015 with a new program, NAMI Homefront.
NAMI Homefront is a free, on-line, six-session class for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. It focuses on the unique needs of military and Veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions. The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and understand having a loved one with a mental health condition.
If you are the family or friend of a Military Service Member or Veteran experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition (PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc.), NAMI Homefront offers vital information, support, communication skills and resources. The course is taught live by trained NAMI Homefront teachers. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. All participants are screened to ensure this class is appropriate for their needs. The class is free but you are asked to attend all six sessions.
To learn more and register, click (or copy and paste into your browser) the link: http://bit.ly/1mt0cGX