The newest member of the mental health care team for Laurens County will be the featured speaker at the next educational meeting of National Alliance on Mental Illness Laurens County, which serves Newberry and Laurens counties, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the Christian Life Center of Clinton’s First Presbyterian Church.
Bradyn Roddy has recently joined the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department in Laurens County. Much of his time there is spent in assisting people with mental illnesses and addictions. Roddy describes his goal in working with his clients as helping them “break through the barriers to work in order to gain competitive employment.”
Prior to coming to Laurens County Roddy worked for over four years with Piedmont Mental Health in Simpsonville as a counselor for the day treatment program, Sunshine House.
Roddy is a graduate of USC Upstate and holds an MA from Columbia International University. He and his wife, Leah, have two young children. He describes his hobbies as sports, movies, dj’ing, the outdoors “and helping others overcome the obstacles set before them in order to achieve their life goals.”
As usual, educational meetings of the local affiliate of the NAMI, are open to the public and free of charge.
Prior to the Roddy’s presentation the Family Support Group will meet. This support group is for family members and caregivers of persons who suffer with mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression and others. The support group is open to any who would like to attend.
It will meet at 6 p.m. also in the Christian Life Center at Clinton’s First Presbyterian Church.
To learn more about the support group or about NAMI, please call 864-993-9225.