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2022/2023 State Budget

2022/2023 State Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2021 Contact: Luke Russell, 614-224-2700 Luke@namiohio.org The National Alliance on Mental Illness for Ohio commends Governor DeWine’s 2022/2023 State Budget for the focus on those with serious behavioral health needs. The dollars...

NAMI Athens Recognizes Local Schools

NAMI Athens Recognizes Local Schools

Written by: Alan Johnson, NAMI Ohio It turned out 2020 was a banner year for Athens County schools.While the COVID-19 pandemic seriously affected all students and teachers, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Athens affiliate wanted to recognize the strength and...

We Won’t Let Suicide Win

We Won’t Let Suicide Win

Written by: Alan Johnson It was after 3 a.m. when Donna Heck got the call she had been dreading for years, but somehow expecting. Good news rarely comes in the middle of the night. “This is it,” she said solemnly to her husband, Jeff. Something bad had happened to...

Stepping Up Initiative

Stepping Up Initiative

Mental illness affects 30 percent of all inmates in Ohio jails, triggering a growing public health crisis and avalanche of unnecessary costs to taxpayers. Stepping Up, a state and national collaborative effort led here by former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn...

NAMI Ohio’s Social Justice Statement

NAMI Ohio’s Social Justice Statement

NAMI Ohio, “the state’s voice on mental illness” is governed by a 28-member board of directors. There are six members from four different regions of the state; three At-Large members and a Consumer Council representative. This is a very diverse group of members...

A New Number for Mental Health Emergencies

A New Number for Mental Health Emergencies

A new three-digit number - 988 – to call when people are experiencing mental health emergencies has been signed into law by President Trump. The 988 number IS NOT expected to be operational until July 2022. It will join 911, the well-known, nationally used number for...

CSU NAMI on Campus Virtual Walk Donation Match

NAMI Ohio will match any donation dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. Mental Health disparities disproportionately affect the African American community. With stigma and suicide rates on the rise, Central State University (CSU), a historically black college in southern...

Hope Haney Receives Eagle Award

Hope Haney Receives Eagle Award

As a child, Hope Haney loved watching The Lone Ranger show on television. Later, she became a fan of the Green Hornet and Batman. Haney eventually realized her TV heroes had one thing in common: they all fought for justice. Haney’s three-decades of being a champion...

COVID-19 & Managing Stress

COVID-19 & Managing Stress

Pandemics can be stressful The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public...

The Epidemic within the Pandemic

The Epidemic within the Pandemic

Co-Authored by Steve Martenet, President, Anthem BCBS in Ohio and Jack Sherman, President of NAMI Ohio As we’ve flattened the COVID-19 curve in Ohio, we’ve seen disturbing spikes in suicide, depression, substance use disorder, anxiety and other...

YouthMOVE Ohio Zoom Peer Groups

YouthMOVE Ohio Zoom Peer Groups

YouthMOVE Ohio will be hosting weekly Zoom Peer Groups every Sunday and Thursday evening through AugustMeeting Schedule:Sundays's at 7:30pm EST starting June 21st through August 30thJoin Sunday Zoom Meeting through Website or App:...

Weekly Parent Zoom Meetings

Weekly Parent Zoom Meetings

NAMI Ohio PAC will be hosting a weekly Parent Zoom meeting every Wednesday form 12:00 pm-12:45 pm. This will be an opportunity to hear the presenter, have a Q & A with the speaker(s), and connect with other parents.The link for the week's meeting will...

Thanking our Mental Health Heroes!

Thanking our Mental Health Heroes!

These days we hear a lot about the selflessness of nurses, doctors and health care aides on the front line of the COVID crisis.  They are, in a very clear and real sense, risking their own health to provide much needed care to those suffering with this...

Meet Our Newest NAMI Ohio Intern, Danielle!

Meet Our Newest NAMI Ohio Intern, Danielle!

Hello, my name is Danielle Smart, and I am very excited to be working with NAMI Ohio as an intern to complete my master’s of social work at The Ohio State University. I received my bachelor's of social work, with a minor in women’s, gender, and sexuality...

Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI Ohio joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for...