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The Daunting Mental Health Impact of COVID

The Daunting Mental Health Impact of COVID


Written by Alan Johnson, NAMI Ohio

Kristan Runyan expected the break from in-person teaching due to the COVID19 pandemic would be short-lived when she gathered up her supplies and left Tecumseh Middle School in Clark County in March 2020.

She had no idea she wouldn’t be returning to her classroom for four months and that “normal” wouldn’t be back nearly two years later.
When teaching shifted to the virtual classroom, not all of Kristan’s seventh-grade social studies students had video cameras or turned them on.

“Some of them were just a little icon on the screen,” she said with sadness in her voice.



A Great Loss

A Great Loss

Yesterday, the NAMI family lost a real champion. Lisa Marie Griffin has been a special advocate for NAMI Ohio, NAMI Greater Cleveland, NAMI Summit County, and other NAMI Ohio affiliates for the past 20 years. Terry Russell, Executive Director of NAMI Ohio, befriended Lisa Marie when she was recovering from not only her mental illness but also the lifelong trauma she had endured.

In our last NAMI Ohio NewsBrief we featured Lisa Marie for her tenacity and her voice that has saved so many Ohio citizens (article linked below)

In our conference room is an award she received last year. Lisa Marie was named the Ohio CIT Person with Lived Experience of the Year, a well-deserved honor for her work Crisis Intervention Team Training.

Lisa Marie will always be remembered for her commitment and passion for those we serve. Today, Heaven received a new Angel. She will be sorely missed.

God bless Lisa Marie Griffin