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NAMI Greater Cleveland

is dedicated to empowering persons affected by mental illness and their family members
to achieve
 a better quality of life by providing them with
support, education, referral and advocacy.

NAMI Greater Cleveland NAMIWalks 2016

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Over 1,200 people flocked to Edgewater Park on the sunny summer morning of Saturday, August 27 for the 14th Annual NAMI Walk. Together, we walked a 5K along the park’s trail and celebrated mental illness treatment and recovery. Thank you to all of the sponsors, volunteers, teams and participants who made this our most successful NAMI Walk ever! 

We are getting close to reaching our goal of raising $132,000. If you would like to donate on behalf of a walker or check out our sponsors, go to  Online donations accepted through October 20.  All proceeds of the NAMI Walk benefit NAMI’s mission of recovery focused support, education and advocacy for individuals and families affected by mental illness

Click here to see all our 2016 Sponsors


Community Education Programs

The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County is sponsoring Acting Out! a Three-Day Arts Fest to benefit NAMI Greater Cleveland for Mental Health Awareness on October 19, 20, & 21, 2016.
The goal of Acting Out! is to break down stigma and create awareness of mental illness and addiction through a three-day series of public art events, including film, visual art, music, comedy and a panel discussion. 
  • Wednesday, October 19– COMEDY at Happy Dog West (5800 Detroit Road, Cleveland) at 8:00 p.m. A special show by local comics who have been diagnosed with mental health, dual diagnosis or addiction.
  • Thursday, October 20– TALK at Happy Dog West (5800 Detroit Road, Cleveland)  A panel of mental health and addiction professionals followed by FILM at Capitol Theater (1390 W. 65, Cleveland) at 8:30 p.m.  Special screening of the award winning documentary, Forced Perspective, an intimate character portrait of artist Derek Hess who is in recovery from alcohol addiction and bipolar disorder, followed by Q&A.
  • Friday, October 21 – MUSIC at Happy Dog West (5800 Detroit Road, Cleveland) at 9:00 p.m. Live music from popular local bands. Oct. 6th, 2016 article on Derek:
Famed Cleveland artist Derek Hess to present arts festival for mental health awareness

Sunday, November 6, 2016, 3 – 5 pm

Fall 2016 Arts For Us Concert And Reception – 50th Anniversary Celebration For Our Center For Music Therapy
Music School Settlement, Glick Recital Hall|
11125 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland 44106
Reservations 421-5806 ext. 104 or
Thank you to the Music Therapists from the Center who volunteer to facilitate our Garfield Heights “Creative Music” Support group.


Insights Into Advocacy 

This year, NAMI Ohio and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council are teaming up to mobilize individuals to advocate for public policies in the Ohio General Assembly that will enhance the lives of people impacted by mental illness and other disabilities.

You are invited to this free training! Participants will learn the tools and techniques that government relations professionals use while advocating for public policy change. This one-day training will change how you view the state budget, the legislative process, and the Ohio General Assembly. 

  • October 28th, 2016 at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, 15500 S. Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, OH 44110
  • October 31st, 2016 at the United Way of Greater Toledo, 424 Jackson St., Toledo, OH 43604
  • November 7th, 2016 at the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, 2400 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • November 18th, 2016 at Improving Enterprise in Columbus, 1 Easton Oval #175, Columbus, OH 43219

Each training will last from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will cover the following sessions; Public Policy Advocacy, Ohio’s State Budget, State Legislation 101 and Interactive Advocacy Exercise.

Click here to reserve a spot at one of these free regional trainings.


NAMI Greater Cleveland Free Education Programs

Free Classes for Family/Caregivers and Peers.
For full class descriptions – click here 

For family/caregivers of someone with mental illness.
Next class: TBD

For parents/caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses
Next class: TBD

For family/caregivers of someone with mental illness.
  • Begins: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 6:30 – 8 p.m.
    St. Paul’s Lutheran Church “The Meeting Place”
    1480 Cahoon Rd., Westlake 44145
Recovery program for persons with mental illness
  • Begins: Thursday, October 6, 2016 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    Calvary Lutheran Church
    6906 W. Pleasant Valley Rd. Parma, Ohio 44129
  • Begins: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 2 – 4 p.m.
    Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
    14040 Puritas Ave., Cleveland 44135

Registration is required for all of these classes. To register, contact Terri Miller at 216-875-7776 or
If you’d like to be contacted when future classes are scheduled call/email and provide your name, address, phone # and class you are interested in.


NAMI GC Book Club

This book club is for anyone with an interest in mental health / illness. We will be reading classic and popular books that have something to do with mental health/illness in some way. |
The storylines and characters may or may not be diagnosed as having a mental illness.

More information at NAMI GC Book Club at

Sunday, November 20, 2016 2:00 PM.
Book –  “Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping” by Judith Levine.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 2:00 PM
Sunday, January 15, 2017 2:00 PM
Sunday, February 19, 2017 2:00 PM

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In The News: NAMI Greater Cleveland

October 3, 2016

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), leveraged her experience as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and an active member of the House Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, this week and led a bipartisan coalition of 38 House Members to pressure for additional addiction treatment funds to be included in the short term budget deal being negotiated between the House and Senate to fund the government past the end of September.

Kaptur spearheaded the effort with her colleagues, Read More

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