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If you like to sit, and chat, and smile, and let people know how wonderful NAMI is, then we have the PERFECT volunteer job for you!

Cardinal Family Fest will be held on Thursday, February 20, 4pm to 8pm at Cardinal Middle School in Middlefield, Ohio. This exciting community outreach event is part of a local and countywide effort to build positive assets in our youth and build their capacity to resist unhealthy behaviors and poor decisions in the future.

If you can volunteer to be at the NAMI Geauga table for this event, please call (440) 286-6264 or email

Also taking place this Thursday…

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Please join us to hear Chris Vavro speak about trauma and the effect it has on the people involved.  Chris is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) with Masters degrees in both Cognitive Psychology and Social Work.  Chris has worked in residential and outpatient settings with dually-diagnosed adults; and she specializes in PTSD/cPTSD. She currently works at a community mental health agency as well as developing her private practice.  This event is free and open to the public.

REMINDER:  When you call 911 to request help for someone going through a mental health crisis, explain that you need a C.I.T. officer.  A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a police mental health collaborative program.  And C.I.T. officers have received specialized training in mental health and substance abuse issues.

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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