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To improve the quality of life and ensure dignity and respect for persons with serious mental illness, and offer support to their families and loved ones.
NAMI Ohio (National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio) was created in 1982 by a small, dedicated group of family members to provide mutual support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families affected by serious brain disorders. Over the years, our membership has expanded to include family members, mental health consumers and providers, community mental health boards, mental health organizations and other supporters.
As a grassroots organization advocating for mental health issues, NAMI Ohio has an outstanding history of affecting public policy and legislation regarding care and resources for persons with serious mental illness. NAMI Ohio members testify before the General Assembly, educate business and education leaders, and sit on state planning and advisory committees, Community Mental Health Boards, and various task forces. NAMI Ohio’s network of 39 local affiliates, serving most of Ohio’s counties, plays an active role providing support, education, and advocacy on a local level.
NAMI Ohio Board of Directors Officers
Secretary (Bowling Green)
1st Vice President (Euclid)
Treasurer (Grove City)
2nd Vice President (Mansfield)
Judge Joyce Campbell
Immediate Past President (Fairfield)
NAMI Ohio Board of Directors
Doug Smith, M.D.
Mackenzie Varkula, MD
Peer Council Representative
NAMI Ohio Staff
Director of Children's Division
Family Peer Support Training Coordinator