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The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Cleveland is dedicated to empowering persons affected by mental illness and their family members
 by providing them with support, education, referral and advocacy.

NAMIWalks 2018 – Saturday, September 15
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A successor is being sought for the current Executive Director, Michael Baskin,
who is retiring after 14 years.
The Executive Board of NAMI GC is now accepting
resumes and cover letters from individuals interested in this role.
For the full job description, and guidance for submitting a
resume and cover letter, click here.


Friday, July 13, 2018, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CCC Community Room
2500 East 22nd Street – Cleveland, OH 44115

Free Parking

Walk with NAMI, build awareness and end stigma.  This kick-off lunch is free to anyone who wants to create a NAMIWalks fundraising team.  Attendees will learn about the event and the many opportunities to participate,
have fun and give back. 
For more information and to RSVP,
or call 216-875-7776.
Thank you


 NAMIWalks is turning Sweet 16.
Join the area’s largest mental health event:

 NAMIWalks 2018 – Saturday, September 15

Upper Edgewater Park – Cleveland, Ohio
When you walk with us, you join the movement to increase awareness of mental illness and raise funds for our mission to help your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, teammates right here
in Greater Cleveland.

  Premier Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors:

ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
Benesch Friedlander
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
Berea Window and Door
Karen & Ric Boggs
Buckeye Health
The Centers for Families and Children
Daugherty Construction
Highland Springs
David & Vivian Huffman
Kaufman Container

Magnolia Clubhouse
NEXIS Medical Offices
Old Stone Church

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
Southwest General Health Center
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and Optum Health

VNA of Ohio


Our Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony drew a great crowd.
They heartily acknowledged our eight honorees for their efforts on behalf of those affected by mental illness, and listened eagerly to psychiatrists from the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals dispense personal anecdotes and professional advice about the importance of moderation when accessing social media.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Peg’s Foundation, Highland Springs Hospital, Maria Miller, Molina Healthcare, and Southwest General Health Center.

Honorees recognized at our Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony include (l-r) Officer Sean Schuler; Officer Dymphna O’Neill; Bay Village High School representatives Kelley Knaack, Gabby Kariotakis, Dr. Leopoldo Pozuelo, Larry Heller, Life Exchange Center representatives Dr. Martha Potts and Ovetta Joi Dixon,  The Honorable Emanuella Groves, and Judith Banks.

View Awards Ceremony here


NAMI Greater Cleveland Free Education Programs

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

FAMILY-TO-FAMILY CLASS For family/caregivers of someone with mental illness.

Starts:August 22, Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9 pm
Lakewood Presbyterian Church
14502 Detroit Rd., Lakewood, OH 44107
Registration Required. To register contact Kari Kepic at 216-875-7776 or

BASICS For Parents and Caregivers of children 18 and younger.
Starts:July 9, Mondays, 6:30 – 9 pm
Calvary Lutheran Church
6906 W. Pleasant Valley Road, 
Parma 44129
Registration Required.To register contact Kari Kepic at 216-875-7776, or Terri Miller,

September 2018 – Details coming soon

UNDERSTANDING MENTAL ILLNESS For family/caregivers of someone with mental illness.
June 12, 26, and July 10, Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church and School
27993 Detroit Rd., Westlake, OH 44145
Registration Required.To register contact Kari Kepic at 216-875-7776 or

PEER-TO-PEER CLASS For individuals living with mental illness
July 11th – Sept. 5th, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Nexis Medical
Signature Square – 25201 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood, OH 44122
October – December, Fridays (Dates to Be Announced) , 1 to 3 pm
Veterans Administration PRRC
7000 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44106
 Registration Required. To register contact Kari Kepic at 216-875-7776 or


2018 NAMI National Convention, June 27 – 30
New Orleans, Louisiana


On Friday, May 11th, the Terminal Tower was lit green to honor
Mental Health Awareness month.

Thank you Lambda Phi Omega AKA Chapter for arranging this!


Lori Vick Talks about Suicide and the Adam-Amanda
Mental Health Rehabilitation Center

In The News: NAMI Greater Cleveland

June 1, 2018

May 17, 2018 | By Laura DeMarco

The 2016 documentary “Forced Perspective” was a bit of a coming out for lauded Cleveland artists Derek Hess.

It was the first time Hess publicly opened up about the two diseases that have affected him since his teens: alcoholism and bipolar disorder.

“It was cathartic,” he said at the time. “I think a number of years ago, I would have been really self-conscious about it. Now that I’m older, I really did not care. The alcoholism Read More

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