To help with what Mike Tanner calls “a gap” between the presence of mental health issues and the awareness of them by the faith community, National Alliance on Mental Illness’s High Country affiliate is hoping to get church members talking about mental illness.

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Pictured above are two of NAMI High Country’s dedicated volunteers in action–Mike Tanner, president of the affiliate and his wife Cozette who is also a support group facilitator and Family-to-Family class teacher. The affiliate is offering its first free FaithNet “Bridges of Hope” presentation at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 at the Watauga Public Library. A light meal will be served, so attendees are asked to RSVP to