NAMI WALKS ALABAMA Join us  for September 26th in Montgomery at Wynton Blount Cultural Park

Shelby NAMI will be walking to raise money for both our affiliate and Alabama 50/50.

 You can form a team and raise money for NAMI Shelby attending the walk is not required.

If you do not want to form a team then please donate through clicking BUTTON BELOW 

Those who plan to attend please email or call so we can have a T-shirt to wear supporting NAMI Shelby to the walk.

For more information please call Laurie Griffen 205-381-7296/Sherryl Treslar 205-305-0782

NAMI Shelby County 

mission is to provide support, educate, and advocacy for persons with mental illnesses, their families, and others whose lives are affected by brain disorders.

Shelby County Reporter

View Educational Meeting Page for Guest Speakers and calendar of events

NAMI Shelby County Mental Illness Education And Support Group


Congratulations to OUR Shelby Affiliate members!!! 

Sherryl Treslar for Shining Star Affiliate Leader of the Year, Daphne Kendrick for Mental Professional of the Year and

Scott Elder Consumer of the Year 

FAMILY 2 FAMILY Classes starting September 14th Please  You must call to sign up.

​What is NAMI

Organization awarded for helping those with mental illnessPublished 11:26am Wednesday, August 26, 2015

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – Five years ago, Scott Elder could not imagine doing what he does now.

Having been diagnosed with a mental illness shortly after beginning college classes, Elder reached out to a newly formed resource in Shelby County. Five years later, it has changed his life.

“Heck no, this is not the life I had planned for myself,” Elder said during an Aug. 25 meeting of the Shelby County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “But it’s definitely a good life to have.”

When he began attending NAMI support meetings in 2010, Elder’s symptoms began to improve rapidly, and he eventually became a model for the positive impact the organization can have in the lives of locals who are struggling with mental illness.

As Elder improved, he turned his attention to helping others, and today is one of the Shelby County chapter’s strongest certified peer specialists. Elder regularly leads mental illness recovery groups at Bryce Hospital, works for the Jefferson-Blount-St. Clair County Mental Health Authority and works with probate judges in an effort to help those who are facing the challenges he has overcome.

“The other jobs I had before this were basically flipping pizza,” Elder said. “Now, I get to help people when they are struggling the most. That is so rewarding to me.”

Elder’s efforts to help an often-overlooked segment of the population recently helped earn him and his colleagues some praise from the state NAMI organization.

During the NAMI state conference in Montgomery from Aug. 20-22, Elder earned the Consumer of the Year award, NAMI Shelby County Director Sherryl Treslar earned the Shining Star Affiliate Leader award and Chilton-Shelby Mental Health Coordinator Daphne Kendrick won the Mental Health Provider of the Year award.

“To have three people win awards, that’s awesome,” Treslar said during a celebration of the chapter following the peer support group meetings on Aug. 25.

The Shelby County chapter, through its Family-to-Family courses, also reaches out to support families and loved ones of those facing mental illness.

“We teach about mental illness, what to do with loved ones who are facing mental illnesses, how to cope and more,” said Family-to-Family program organizer Laura Helenius.

Those interested in taking part in the Family-to-Family program should contact Helenius at or call her at 267-2986. To learn more about NAMI Shelby County, visit See more at: your paragraph here.

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Our Mission for Shelby

Please Join us for our support group Meetings

Next support group meet will be September 28th at 6 pm

We have both a support group for Friends and Families of those dealing with Mental Illness and

We have a support group for those with mental illness.

THANKS SHELBY REPORTER for the wonderful article