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NAMI Geauga is now offering virtual support groups. Our groups will still follow NAMI guidelines, policy, procedures, and protocol – but instead of meeting in person, we will meet online and by phone!  

Meeting virtually is new for NAMI Geauga, so please be patient as we all learn together.  We recommend that you log in or call 10-15 minutes beforehand in case you run into any difficulty.  If you have a smart phone or tablet, you can download a free app!


Rescheduled for Online!

Family-to-Family has been rescheduled as a virtual class beginning THIS coming Monday, March 30!  This course is designed for friends and family members of individuals living with a mental health condition, Family-to-Family will be meeting online Mondays 6pm to 8:30pm.  This is a free class but registration is required.  Call (440) 286-6264 or email  Links and other information will be communicated to those who are registered.  Click here for more information.

Tips for Making a Mental Health Contingency Plan:

  1. THERAPY SESSIONS: People in higher risk categories (such as older adults, people with serious medical conditions, etc.) might consider contacting their healthcare provider about the possibility of engaging in therapy via tele-therapy or online mental health services.
  2. PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS: Consider asking healthcare providers about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60 or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, consider refilling medications as soon as they are allowed.
  3. ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF: If healthcare providers decline to make accommodations, challenge the decisions at least three times. Decision-making on health plan adjustments may change if/as the public health situation worsens.
  4. CRISIS PLAN: Have the contact information for Mobile Crisis, NAMI Helpline, Warmline and Crisis Text line available.
  5. SELF-CARE: Provide self-care, especially if in the higher risk population as defined by the CDC. Pay attention to emerging symptoms. Reach out to family and friends.

Other Helpful Hints:

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters:
Links to Helpful Articles:

Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters:

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NAMI In The News

January 20, 2020

Text the keyword 4hope to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.

Any person may need help in coping with a stressful situation. Reach out by text to communicate with someone trained to listen and respond in a method that is private, secure and confidential.

The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices.

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    Register today for this groundbreaking, 8-hour training courses for adults; seats are limited!  For only $40, you will receive tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance abuse problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary. “It should be a common as CPR!”

    ADULT MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID-Monday, February 17, 2020

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    The need for mental health services is growing, with millions in the U.S. suffering from diverse mental health conditions and many of them unaware or ashamed of their conditions.

    People can find help through the National Alliance on Mental Health Geauga County, which has recently changed its location from South Street in Chardon to 8389 Mayfield Road in Chester Township.

    The more spacious location allows the NAMI team to carry on additional meetings and support or training groups, said Jenn Bartone, NAMI Read More

    2018 Stories of the Year: New Hampshire fights back against youth suicide

    Martha Dickey, Tina White and Tanya Decato don’t want anyone else to experience the loss and pain they did. That’s why their families have spent the last year fighting for suicide prevention programs to expand in the state through fundraising, blogging and public speaking.

    Their sons – Jason, Alec and Seth – were three of 38 young people to take their lives in the state in 2017, the highest year Read More

    NAMI executive director seeks to create change building relationships, supporting community

    Two months into her new job, Katie Jenkins believes that serving as executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness Lake County is the next step in creating change and eliminating stigma through education and advocacy for all of the county.

    “I am very lucky to have come into an agency that is highly respected and incredibly effective,” said Jenkins, who replaced Carole Jazbec.

    “So far it has been wonderful. The staff Read More

    Chicago police officer dies by suicide on NW Side

    CHICAGO (WLS) — A Chicago police officer took his own life Tuesday.

    The 36-year-old officer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side where he lived.

    He was identified by officials as Officer Dane Smith. His is the fifth suicide by a CPD officer in the last six months.

    Counselors have continued to visit officers in the 5th District after two officers were killed in the line Read More

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