We educate, advocate, and support those with mental illness and their families.

Welcome to NAMI South Carolina

Welcome to NAMI SC, the state chapter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals who live with mental illnesses and for their families by promoting the availability of effective services and resources, through education, support and advocacy.

Mental illnesses are brain disorders. One in four people is affected by mental illness. Forty million Americans a year experience some type of mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety disorders. You are not alone!

NAMI’s educational programs, support groups, and resources are available to you at the national, state, and local levels. We invite you to navigate our website and see what services are most suitable for your needs.

Visit the Local Affiliates page to locate a NAMI affiliate in your area. We hope that you will join us in the fight to eliminate stigma and advocate for the best treatments for those with mental illness. With the right education, support, and treatments, recovery is possible.

Leadership

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Bill Lindsey

Executive Director
Bill Lindsey brings a passion for reforming mental health care in South Carolina. He has forged relationships with the media, the legislature, advocacy groups, state agencies, health organizations, and most importantly, the families, care givers [Read more]
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Corinne Matthews

Office Manager
Corinne started working at NAMI South Carolina in 2003. Her duties include a variety of things including all the bookkeeping for NAMI South Carolina. She prepares the material for all of the state trainings, each of the education courses and CIT courses throughout the state [Read more]
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Betsey O’Brien

Director of Education Programs
Betsey O’Brien has been employed by NAMI South Carolina since November 2004. One of Betsey’s primary responsibilities is the promotion of NAMI programs and support groups to the affiliates in South Carolina. [Read more]
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Michelle Ready

Assistant Director of Education Programs
Michelle graduated from the MUSC School of Nursing. In 2002 she joined NAMI when a family member was diagnosed with a mental illness and was inspired to become a volunteer with NAMI. She became a Family-to-Family teacher, state, and national trainer, [Read more]
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Fred Riddle

CIT Director
Fred Riddle is a retired law enforcement professional with more than 38 years of experience in the military, private and public sectors. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and is also a Vietnam War veteran in the U.S. army. [Read more]
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Donna Breimann

CIT State Coordinator
Donna is a graduate of Charleston Southern University with a degree in Nursing. She worked a total of 31 years for two inpatient psychiatric hospitals. Donna’s grandfather served 30 years with Greenville Police Department before retiring, [Read more]

Mental Health News

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