Haywood Community College recently welcomed a new club on campus, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is a group that advocates for access to services, treatment, support, and research. It is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community of hope for all of those in need.

According to the NAMI website, nearly 60 million Americans experience a mental health condition every year. Mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in ten children across the United States.

At HCC, these students have student led support groups that meet twice a month. NAMI is open to any student with a mental illness.

“We wanted students who have been diagnosed with a mental illness to have additional support and through NAMI this is possible,” explains Angie Uhl-Kalev, HCC Counselor and co-advisor for NAMI. “They talk about what they are dealing with. It’s an opportunity to talk to other people who have gone through similar things.”

Advisors for NAMI at HCC are Uhl-Kalev, Ryn Hayes, and Nonnie Wrenn. For more information about HCC’s NAMI club, please call 627-4504.