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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.

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Inaugural Conference &
Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

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was held Friday, May 20, 2016

Thank you to all of our speakers and workshop presenters and
congratulations to all of the 2015 award winners

Keynote speaker:
Jackie Lowe Stevenson, MSSA, LISW

founder of the Spirit of Leadership in Novelty,Ohio.

Annual Meeting Speaker
Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Retired
Ohio Supreme Court

Click here for Conference Handouts

 Recognized for their outstanding achievement in promoting and providing mental health services in 2015.  They are:

The Scott Adamson Memorial Peer AwardJaime Lynn Smith

 Mental Health Family/Caregiver AwardTherese Norris

Mental Health Provider Award: Denise Ayers, LSW
Compeer Program Coordinator, Far West Center

 Eugene Brudno Memorial AwardDonald Sykes, LISW-S
Managing Director, PsychBC

Cultural Competence in Mental Health Award: Debra Brown, BSW
 Manager of Supportive Parenting, Beech Brook 

Mental Health Teen AwardLife Act 

Mental Health Innovator AwardEwald Horwath MD
  Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, 

Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth Program 
Associate Clinical Directorof the Family Care Service Line at MetroHealth

Local Community Leader of YearJudge Ed Wade
Cleveland Municipal Court

Thank you to our generous sponsors:


Far West Center
Molina Healthcare
United Healthcare Community Plan & Optum Health
Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging
Southwest General Hospital


2016 NAMIWalks – Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Edgewater Park!
 Kick-off Luncheon – Friday, June 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Slovenian National Home, 6409 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 
For more information contact Lisa Dellafiora at

Community Programs

Chicken Car

Sunday, May 22nd, 1:00 PM Westlake Library
 Westlake Porter Public Library, NAMI Greater Cleveland and the Far West Center are partnering to host the MIA (Mental Illness Awareness) Tour 2016 and “Chicken Car” at Porter Library on Sunday, May 22 at 1 p.m. Come see the Chicken Car!


The four wheels would be the Chicken Car.  The three guys;
Nate Perez, Patrick Taylor and Alex Vassiliadis, all students at the University of Illinois on a trip that will last two months.
One purpose: to end the stigma associated with Mental Illness. 

Our goals:
 Raise $15,000 to help diminish the stigma surrounding mental illness
 Road trip through all 48 continental United States
 Host events in various cities to share our personal stories of the effects of mental illness
 Drive the famous Chicken Car and use it as a beacon to bring attention to the cause

For more information visit:

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The City Club invites you to a discussion with Pete Earley, mental health advocate and best-selling author of CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, on the intersection between our justice and mental health systems.
Tickets: $20 members/$35 nonmembers.
To register or for more information Click here

Education Programs

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

NAMI Writer’s Class – Begins May 9th
7 monthly sessions beginning May 9th, 2016.
Euclid – 2nd Monday evening of the month
This is a program is for persons who are coping with mental illness and
their family members who wish to write their story
Class size is limited to 12 people. For more information Click here..
Please contact Ms. Knight at 216-385-4218 to register

Family-To-Family Program
For family/caregivers of someone with mental illness.
Next class: TBD
If you would like us to contact you when future classes are scheduled, call the NAMI office at 216-875-7776 or email Terri Miller at

For parents/caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses
Next class: TBD
If you would like us to contact you when future classes are scheduled, call the NAMI office at 216-875-7776 or email Terri Miller at

UNDERSTANDING MENTAL ILLNESS – For family/caregivers of someone with mental illness.
Next class: TBD
If you would like us to contact you when future classes are scheduled, call the NAMI office at 216-875-7776
or email Terri Miller at

PEER-to-PEER For individuals living with mental illness.
  • Begins: Monday, June 6, 3 – 5 p.m.
    ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
    2012 W. 25th St., 6th Floor, Cleveland 44113            

Registration is required for all of these classes. For information or to register call 216-875-7776 or email Terri Miller at tmiller@namicleveland.orgIf 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.

Connect for MH

NAMI Greater Cleveland was one of four U.S.- based community programs selected to receive $10,000
and access to a one-on-one 
Mentorship Program as a recipient of a

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Camren, 9, a youth who is getting treatment at Beech Brook in Pepper Pike, shows tools to Cleveland Botanical Garden V.P. of Education Renata Brown at the opening of the 'Hope Grows Here' garden at Beech Brook. The organization said Monday it is closing several facilities and laying off 40 percent of its staff. (Jeff Piorkowski) May 4, 2016

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Beech Brook, a mental health and wellness organization that treats children across Northeast Ohio, will close several facilities and lay off 40 percent of its staff during the next few months, the organization said Monday.

The budget cuts will result in 179 layoffs and have a significant impact on Beech Brook’s efforts to help 20,000 children and their families. The organization said it will close its on-campus day and residential programs for children, including its group home Read More

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