NAMI provides support groups

NAMI Northern Hills Facilitators Loran Harris, Timothy Flaskamp, and Jim Blackwell are pictured. Courtesy photo

SPEARFISH — With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Northern Hills would observe it by communicating support. There are support groups in Spearfish for folks with mental illness and their families that are open to the entire Northern Hills area. 

NAMI Northern Hills Connections Recovery Support Group has been in this area for almost eight years. This group is for folks who have a mental illness. The co-facilitators for this group are Timothy Flaskamp and Loran Harris, both men are from Belle Fourche. Certified and trained by NAMI, both men have been with this group since its conception. This group meets at Behavior Management Systems, 623 Dahl Rd. Spearfish, every Thursday at 7 p.m. This group maintains confidentiality, has no charge, and does not require membership, either. You can also maintain anonymity. 

NAMI Northern Hills Family Support also meets in Spearfish at Hudson Hall and offers support for family members of folks experiencing a mental illness. This groups meets at 7 p.m. every second Thursday of the month, at Hudson Hall, 222 Hudson St., Spearfish. Jim Blackwell, from Rapid City, facilitates this group. It is open to all folks from the Northern Hills area. There is no charge, and participants don’t have to be a NAMI member.

NAMI Northern Hills Family Support also offers a second group during the daytime at 11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Bella Pregnancy Center Building’s Family Conference Room, 119 East Grant St., Spearfish. The facilitator is Jon Pochop, and there are no fees and participants do not need to be NAMI members to attend. The  NAMI Northern Hills Affiliate is made up of these support group members and also anyone else who has an interested. This group meets in Belle Fourche and Spearfish. This is the behind-the-scenes group who handle business. There are NAMI Signature Programs available also at no charge. Speakers are available, trained by NAMI and Certified. For more information please contact Michelle Moore, Belle Fourche NAMI Northern Hills contact person, at (951) 201-4795 or NAMI South Dakota, (605) 271-1871,

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