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NAMI Greater Cleveland

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.

NAMIWalks 2015 presented by The Cleveland Clinic was held Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Edgewater Park. Over 1,000 people joined us to walk and raise funds for NAMI Greater Cleveland as part of Cleveland’s largest mental health event.  Thank you to to our sponsors and everyone who participated. Your support helps NAMI Greater Cleveland to continue providing support groups, educational programs, advocacy and resources for individuals with mental illness and their family members, all offered at no cost.

Currently we have raised $120,268 but fundraising continues, so there is still time to reach out to your family members, friends,co-workers, asking them to make a donation to your Walk Team. 

 For more information contact Lisa Dellafiora at 216-875-0266 or

Click here  for a complete list of our 2015 NAMIWalks Sponsors

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week, NAMI GC is partnering with the Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival
to present Pack up Your Sorrows directed by Todd Kwait.  The film follows Boston-based singer/songwriter Meg Hutchinson as she begins a journey to live a healthy life despite Bipolar Disorder.  Meg’s story explores many different aspects of mood disorders: how families try to deal with the illness, the biology of brain diseases, and the effects of traditional and alternative therapies such as medication and meditation.
Saturday, October 10 · 3 p.m.
Chagrin Falls United Methodist Church
20 S. Franklin Street
Chagrin Falls, OH
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by going to

Mental Illness Awareness Week Events:

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by David S. Banas JD

ADAMHS Board – 6th Floor, Buckeye Room
2012 W. 25th St., #600, Cleveland, Oh 44113
Reservations requested. For more information
or to register call 216-875-0266 or email
Ellen Riehm at

A Magical Night with Matt Savage: Jazz Pianist and Composer
Friday, October 9 · 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
201401 Hilliard Blvd.
Rocky River, OH 44116

Matt Savage is a pianist, composer, arranger, performer and band leader who was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a high-functioning type of autism, at the age of three.  His parents immersed him in intensive intervention therapies for the next four years, which drastically reduced his sensitivity to sound, and introduced him to the world of music.
Suggested donation: $20
Order your tickets today, by going to

Movie and a Talk  – “Rocks n’ My Pocket”
Wed. October 21, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Jewish Family Service Association
The Drost Family Center
24075 Commerce Park Road
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
Post film discussion led by
Farrah Munir D.O.
Psychiatrist, University Hospitals Case Medical Center

For more information about the film click here
Reservations requested. To register or for
more information call 216-875-0266 or email
Ellen Riehm at

“Childhood Disruptive Behaviors”

Wednesday, November 4th from 7 to 8:30 pm
Norah McNamara M.D.
Psychiatrist, University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Co-sponsored by Connecting for Kids

RSVP to Connecting for Kids, or or
call: 440-250-5563 for additional information.
For all the info click here

East End Neighborhood House & NAMI GC Multicultural Outreach Program
Tuesday, October 14, 2015, 6 – 8 p.m.

My Children Are Getting on My Nerves series
With Natalie Whitlow, PhD

How to Parent a Child with Behavior Problems
East End Neighborhood House
2749 Woodhill, Cleveland, OH 44104
216-991-8585 ext. 3118, Vonna Bell, Parent Advocate
Sponsored by the Ginn Foundation

Upcoming 2015 Classes:


Viviendo Independiente de Depresión y Ansiedad
A confidential Spanish Speaking support group for Latina women.  
Fridays, October 2 – November 6, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Click here for more information

Family-to-Family For family/caregivers of someone with mental illness.
Next class: TBD
To add your name to our waiting list call the NAMI office 216-875-7776
or email Terri Miller at

HOMEFRONT – For family of veterans or active military
Next class starts:
October 7, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Click here for information and registration.

Basics –  For parents/caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.
Next class: TBD
To add your name to our waiting list call the NAMI office 216-875-7776
or email Terri Miller at

Peer-to-Peer – For individuals living with mental illness.
Next class: TBD
To add your name to our waiting list call the NAMI office 216-875-7776
or email Terri Miller at

In The News: NAMI Greater Cleveland

October 6, 2015

CLEVELAND, Ohio — More than nine months after a federal investigation found Cleveland police too often use cruel and unnecessary force against people suffering from mental illness, the city has inked a deal to improve the way officers respond to mental health crises. Mayor Frank Jackson announced Wednesday a memorandum of understanding with the Alcohol, Drug more »

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