Peer support group focuses on mental health

FORT BENNING, Ga., (June 12, 2013) -- The National Alliance of Mental Illness of Columbus is bringing free peer support groups to Fort Benning for Soldiers, veterans and their spouses. The support group is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday in Classroom E101, McGinnis-Wickam Hall.

The support group is for Soldiers who want to find others facing similar issues, said Phillip Corbett, director for NAMI at Fort Benning.

Corbett, a disabled veteran, came to NAMI after his own experiences to seek help with professional doctors, he said.

"While doing that I felt like I was the only one in the world with these issues," he said.

He sought advice from a psychologist who recommended him to NAMI of Columbus, Corbett said. And after that, a light clicked on for him.

Now, he and others want to lend their expertise to help others. The peer group covers a variety of topics and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder.

"We're very excited about this," he said. "This is an avenue that greatly expands the NAMI cause. We believe Soldiers are very important. (It's) another outlet for Soldiers to interact with other people who are going through the same things that they are going through."

He said they are currently working on creating a support group that focuses on Families.

NAMI is a nationwide nonprofit organization began in 1979 and focuses on mental health education and reform, according to its website.

For more information or questions, contact Corbett at 706-593-9633. For more information about NAMI, visit www.nami.org.

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