Our next Educational Meeting will be:

Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00pm

at Shelby Baptist Medical Center.

In 1996, one woman struck out on a mission to design and build an organization that would, through the use of volunteer Animal-Assisted Therapy Teams, improve the health and well-being of people of all ages. Today, more than 150 professionally-trained volunteers carry out that mission.  Hand in Paw has been lauded as an exemplary organization in terms of financial transparency, accountability, stewardship, and perhaps most importantly, an unselfish service to the community.

Presented by:

Emily Cheatwood    Program Director

** Educational Meetings are for individuals 18 years or older

​​​When to call 911 for police/ambulance assistance and/or take person to the hospital:

-   If the person is in imminent danger of harming themselves or others.

-   If the person has already acted on suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts or command psychotic symptoms (the person has already done something to hurt themselves or someone else).

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255):

-If the person is in any type of crisis, including, but not limited to, suicidal thoughts.

-You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area.

Chilton-Shelby Mental Health Center 24 Hour Crisis Line at 205-663-1252:

-This will allow you/your loved one to speak to a therapist.

-If the person is experiencing:
       Suicidal or homicidal thoughts
       Psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, paranoia)

-You can also call the same number during work hours to learn about services.

Talk Line through Wings Across Alabama at 1-800-639-3000:

-Not a crisis line, just someone to talk things over with; a peer support specialist

-Monday through Friday from 12:00 Noon-12:00 Midnight

When to contact Shelby County Probate Court at 205-669-3710 in order to discuss a possible involuntary commitment:

-When any of the above are true,

-AND the person is currently in Shelby County (if not then call probate court in the county where the person is at the present time),

-AND the person is unwilling to seek any kind of mental health treatment (i.e. see a therapist, psychiatrist or go to the hospital).


Shining Star Affiliate Leader Award

-Laurie Griffen

Special Recognition Award

-Cody Sumners

for his work with Crisis Response Team Training

for Shelby County


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


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

National NAMI Website

NAMI Alabama

Our next Support Group will meet:

Tuesday, September 26th at 6:00pm

at Shelby Baptist Medical Center.

The Family Support Group is for Families of those dealing with Mental Illness.

The Connections Support Group is for those individuals living with a mental illness.

** Support Groups are for individuals 18 years or older

NAMI Shelby Mental Illness Education and Support Group in Shelby County Alabama


when you or your loved one is

experiencing a mental health crisis

We would like to Thank Everyone for Supporting NAMI Shelby at the NAMI Alabama Walks. CLICK HERE to watch a video of the walk.

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