NAMI Greater Cleveland


NAMIWalks 2019 – Saturday, September 14
Upper Edgewater Park

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.


                                

NAMI GC welcomes Amber Robinson, Helpline Coordinator – see below to learn all about Amber

*New Classes and Community Education Programs Scheduled – see below for all the details


NAMIWalks 2019 – Saturday, September 14 Upper Edgewater Park

Funds raised through NAMIWalks allow NAMIWalks Greater Cleveland to provide free resources such as education, support, and referrals to people affected by mental illness. These resources, along with medical protocols, allow both peers and their family members to channel their inner superpowers. With education, support, and information, they begin to understand diagnoses and treatments, learn new communication skills, identify community resources, and realize they are not alone. For many, this is the first step on their path to gain resilience, gather strength, and summon the courage to overcome what they once perceived as insurmountable obstacles. 

                                             Interested in walking?                                             

           Want to Donate ?      

    Interested in sponsoring?  Want to volunteer?  Need more information?
Contact Lisa at 216-875-0266 or ldellafiora@namicleveland.org |

National Sponsors

 

 

 

Media Sponsor

 

Silver Sponsors


 

 

 

 

Start/Finish Line Sponsors

 

 

Kick-Off Lunch Sponsor

 

 

Bronze Sponsors

 

 

Supporter Sponsors

 

 

Kilometer Sponsors

Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center
Rosie Palfy


Plummertime Good Vibes Cookout II

Sunday, September 15 ●  2 – 6 p.m.
Terrestrial Brewing Company – Side yard
7524 Father Frascati Dr ● Cle,, OH 44102

The event includes over 23 chefs from restaurants located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis and Los Angeles grilling their specialties for our guests.

Vegetarian options and non-alcoholic cocktails available. Dog Friendly ● DJ ● Photo Booth

For more information or to purchase tickets click here


NAMI GC Welcomes New Helpline Coordinator.

Allow us to introduce our new Helpline Coordinator, Amber Robinson.  Amber is responsible for information and referrals, along with other duties.  Amber replaces Kari Kepic, who transitioned to the position of Peer Support Specialist earlier this year.  Before coming to NAMI GC, Amber worked over three years as a Referral and Information Specialist with Frontline Service’s Mobile Crisis Team.  She has extensive experience addressing crisis situations, providing support, information and referral services to peers, families, friends, caregivers, mental health providers and the public.  In November of 2017, Amber was recognized by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for her dedication and willingness to assist those who called the hotline.

Amber received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University and is currently working on her master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology.  Amber is dedicated to fighting the stigma on mental health and passionate about being a voice for those impacted by mental illness.  

Amber may be reached at via our Helpline – 216.875.7776 – or arobinson@namicleveland.org.

Welcome Amber!


NAMI GC Job openings:


NAMI Greater Cleveland Free Education Programs
Free Classes for Family/Caregivers and Peers. For full class descriptions – click here 


Community Education Night – Monday, September 30th, 6:30 – 8 p.m. 

Understanding STABLE Accounts
ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County – 2012 W. 25th St.
6th floor, Cleveland
Nicholas Hancart from the State of Ohio Treasurers Office will explain what a STABLE Account is, what are the benefits, who is eligible and how to enroll.
STABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities the ability to save and invest without losing benefits such as Medicaid or SSI. Program is free, but registration is requested. For more information or to register, call 216-875-7776 or email Ellen Riehm –  eriehm@namicleveland.org. Refreshments will be served.
Free parking is available in the lot behind the building, off of W. 26th St.  Front door is locked at 5:00 p.m. Enter building through rear entrance, located off the parking lot on W.26th St..


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

  • Begins: Sept. 4 – Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m. Location:Lakewood 44107
  • Begins: Sept. 18 – Time: 6:30-9 p.m. Location: Beachwood 44122

The above program requires registration!! For more information, to register or request to be contacted when the next course becomes available, contact, NAMI Greater Cleveland at 216-875-7776, or email Kari Kepic at kkepic@namicleveland.org or Terri Miller at tmiller@namicleveland.org


PEER-TO-PEER CLASS For individuals living with mental illness.

  • Begins: October 2, 2019 Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Location: Cleveland 44120
  • Begins: October 4, 2019 Time: 1 – 3 p.m. Location: Cleveland 44103

The above program requires registration!! For more information, to register or request to be contacted when the next course becomes available, contact, NAMI Greater Cleveland at 216-875-7776, or email Kari Kepic at kkepic@namicleveland.org or Terri Miller at tmiller@namicleveland.org


MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID For anyone: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis/challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

  • One day class: Sept.13, 2019 Time: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Location:
    Parma 44129

The above program requires registration!! For more information, to register or request to be contacted when the next course becomes available, contact, NAMI Greater Cleveland at 216-875-7776, or email Kari Kepic at kkepic@namicleveland.org or Terri Miller at tmiller@namicleveland.org


BASICS For Parents and Caregivers of children 18 and younger.
To request to be contacted when the next course becomes available, contact NAMI Greater Cleveland at 216-875-7776, or email Kari Kepic at kkepic@namicleveland.org or Terri Miller at tmiller@namicleveland.org


UNDERSTANDING MENTAL ILLNESS For family/caregivers of someone with mental illness.
To request to be contacted when the next course becomes available, contact NAMI Greater Cleveland at 216-875-7776, or email Kari Kepic at kkepic@namicleveland.org or Terri Miller at tmiller@namicleveland.org


Additional Educational opportunities:

L.E.A.P. (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner) For Families/caregivers of persons with mental illness

Unawareness of illness is typically a symptom rather than a coping strategy. Dr. Amador advises to address mental health symptoms and other problem areas with a tool he calls L.E.A.P. His scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of this method. In this workshop you will learn more productive ways to communicate with your loved one. You can also learn more at: www.LEAPinstitute.org

  • Date: September 28, 2019 Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Location:
    Middleburg Hts. 44130
  • Date: November 2, 2019 Time: 9 a.m. -12 p.m.     Location:
    Middleburg Hts. 44130

To Register for this workshop, contact either Karen Jarr at 440-239-9423; kmjarr@gmail.com or Anne McCabe text/call at 216-526-5483; atmccabe1000@gmail.com


In The News: NAMI Greater Cleveland

August 15, 2019

June 21, 2019, 3:12 PM By Lisa Rapaport Reuters https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-children-chronic-illness/youth-with-chronic-physical-ailments-more-prone-to-mental-illness-idUSKCN1TM2M5

(Reuters Health) – Children and young adults with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, and ADHD may be more likely to develop mental illness than youth who don’t have physical health problems, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers followed more than 48,000 youth without any diagnosed mental health disorders for two years, starting when they were between 6 and 25 years old. Overall, 14.7% had a chronic physical health problem that either limited Read More

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