• All meetings are FREE and open to the public.
  • Meetings are normally held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Pinehurst Fire Department, Training Room, 405 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.
  • Nine meetings are held each year.  Meetings usually present speakers on various topics followed by a support meeting for those willing to attend. There are no monthly meetings in July, October (due to the annual Mental Illness Awareness Week event), or December.
  • Support Meetings: If you are a parent or caregiver of someone struggling with a brain disorder, please attend. We have a caring community where you can share your story, learn from others, and get the necessary resources to help you and your loved ones.

Monday, 07 August 2017 @ 7 pm
Monthly Meeting: “Techniques for Dealing with Difficult People”

Suzanne Maness is a Family Advocate who is contracted with National Alliance on Mental Illness of NC (NAMI-NC) in collaboration with Sandhills Center to provide support to families of children with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges and serves as their point-of-contact and resource.

Suzanne knows from working for many years in law enforcement, social work, and as a teacher that there is a great need for programs and services in our communities to help our families with youth who have mental health and/or behavioral challenges to succeed and become productive leaders in society.  As a Family Advocate, she coordinates, hosts, and presents workshops and family support groups monthly that help families and youth in Richmond and Anson Counties.

Suzanne founded a nonprofit for at-risk youth in June 2012 that helps juveniles involved in the criminal justice system become leaders in their communities.  She secured funding in the amount of $268,000 in local, state, and federal funding for youth in Hoke County from 2013-2015.

Suzanne holds certificates in safeTALK (suicide alertness for everyone/Tell Ask Listen Keep Safe), ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid.  She received an award for being nominated as one of the Wonderful Women of Hoke and a certificate of commendation from the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office.  She also serves on several boards in North and South Carolina.

Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNC-P).


Techniques for Dealing with Difficult People

Presentation will address:

Types of difficult people and behaviors

Our reactions to difficult people

Reframing difficult behavior(s)

Communication styles

Underlying mental health issues that may cause difficult behavior(s)