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Multicultural Outreach


NAMI Greater Cleveland Multicultural Outreach program provides culturally appropriate outreach and support programs to empower individuals and their families affected by mental illness.

NAMI’s Multicultural Outreach Program targets the mental health needs of the
African American and Hispanic/Latino communities. Many individuals may suffer needlessly
from mental disorders such as clinical depression, schizophrenia, panic/anxiety,
obsessive compulsive disorder(OCD) and bipolar disorder.

Mental illness is not uncommon and is as diverse as the people who have it.
The percentage of African Americans receiving needed care is only half that of whites
and only 24% of Hispanics/Latinos with depression and anxiety receive appropriate care
compared with 34% of whites with the same diagnosis.

NAMI can Help. We provide culturally specific programs and services directed and sensitized
to the needs and concerns of African American and Hispanic/Latino Communites.

Easy Access to Services
Our services are located within the community. Many are within walking

distance and on bus routes.

Support
Support groups that help families deal with mental illness challenges. (See Support Groups)

Education
Free education programs to educate and empower individuals with mental illness and their families members.

  • Family-to-Family
    Family members teach a free 12-week course emphasizing the knowledge and skills needed to help cope with mental illness.
  • Peer-to-Peer
    A 9-week experiential education course for any person with serious mental illness who is interested in establishing and maintaining wellness.
  • Basics
    A six week course for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.
  • Understanding Mental Illness
    A 5 week Support/Educational course for families/friends of individual(s) coping with mental illness, including information for families of veterans.

For more information about our Multicultural programs, contact Marsha Blanks at mblanks@namicleveland.org or 216-875-7776.

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