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Betsey O’Brien, Hometown Hero

Betsey O’Brien is recognized as Hometown Hero by CN2

After last week’s announcement of Betsey O’Brien being awarded Citizen of the Year by The Lion’s Club in Tega Cay, Betsey O’Brien is once again being recognized for her outstanding commitment to mental health and wellness and was honored to be this month’s Home Town Hero.

Robert D. White, Executive Director, NAMI Piedmont Tri-County added that Betsey O’Brien is more than deserving of this award.

Betsey began her advocacy over 20 years ago after attending a Family to Family class where she and her husband learned valuable coping skills and resources around caring for a loved one with a mental illness.  Her advocacy eventually took her to NAMI South Carolina as the Director of Educations and Programs where she impacted change for the better across the state for 15 years. Betsey has unlimited passion and energy when advocating for mental health awareness and while working for NAMI South Carolina, she continued to volunteer and support local initiatives in Chester, Lancaster, and York County.

Her mission as Board President for NAMI Piedmont Tri-County began after her second retirement, this time as Executive Director of NAMI Piedmont Tri-County. Betsey is tireless in her determination to continue raising awareness and changing the landscape for those living with a mental illness, their family, friends, and loved ones until the stigma surrounding mental illness is no longer a barrier to treatment and recovery. Betsey truly has impacted so many lives in her uniquely positive and caring way, these awards are so very well deserved. Click the link below to listen to the newscast with Laurabree Monday CN2 News.

CN2 Announces Home Town Hero


Betsey O’Brien recognized for her outstanding commitment to mental health and wellness in Tega Cay, South Carolina. NAMI Piedmont Tri-County recognizes Betsey O’Brien as more than deserving of this award.

Betsey O’Brien said “I had a wonderful surprise last night in Tega Cay. I was named Citizen of the Year in Tega Cay for 2022 by The Lions Club! I was a humble nominee with five others and surprised but so honored with the award for my work AND NAMI PTC’s in mental health and mental wellness over the years! Thank you for giving me and NAMI PTC the opportunity to shine in the projects and initiatives you are involved in!”

Robert D White, MBA, NRP Executive Director NAMI Piedmont Tri-County, said, “Mental health has been recognized as a top concern in our community; post-pandemic we are hearing that 1 in 3 teens and adolescents are reporting a mental health concern. Betsey O’Brien’s commitment to NAMI Piedmont Tri-County has been integral to our community, offering support, educating, and advocating for mental health resources and awareness. We are grateful for her knowledge and dedication. Betsey’s commitment to mental health has been lifesaving for so many and we are proud to have her continue as our President, Board of Directors and of course, continuing to volunteer. Betsey O’Brien more than deserves this award and we appreciate the immense contribution to both our organization and community. A huge thank you to the Lions Club for recognizing Betsey’s dedication to mental health.”


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