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Across the country, thousands of trained NAMI volunteers bring peer-led programs to a wide variety of community settings, from churches to schools to NAMI Affiliates. With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these programs and support groups provide outstanding free education, skills training, and support.

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  We all experience emotional ups and downs from time to time caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions and become something longer lasting. They are medical conditions that cause changes in how we think and feel and in our mood.

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  Our Crisis Guide Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency provides important, potentially life-saving information for people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones. This guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, strategies to help de-escalate a crisis, available resources and so much more.


NAMI Ohio improves the quality of life and ensures dignity and respect for persons with serious mental illness, and offers support to their families and close friends.

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Provide Feedback to the Ohio Dept. of Medicaid

Dear Friends of NAMI Ohio, NAMI Ohio has been very involved with what has been called the “redesign of the mental health and addiction system" under managed care in Ohio. Recently, the Ohio Department of Medicaid developed a process to submit public input on the...

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July is Minority Mental Health Month

WELCOME TO THE START OF MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH MONTH! One in 5—60 million Americans—are affected by mental health conditions each year. Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of...

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Suicide Prevention in the Farming Community

Written by: Alan Johnson Many people think farming is a stress-free occupation – working outdoors, with fresh air and sunshine – but that’s often not the case. In fact, Ohioans working in agriculture are more prone to mental health issues and have higher suicide rates...

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NAMI Wood County – Volunteer Program

When NAMI Wood County officials needed some help with their many activities, they asked local folks to chip in. And that’s just what they do once a month on Chip-In Day Jessica Schmitt, executive director of Wood County NAMI, said there are many students from Bowling...

Suicide Rates Among Ohio’s Youth and Elderly Jumped Over Last Decade, Report Shows

  Suicide Rates Among Ohio’s Youth and Elderly Jumped Over Last Decade, Report Shows  By Jim Woods The Columbus Dispatch - Posted Nov 13,...

Recovery Requires a Community Program has Expansion

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is pleased to announce that the Recovery Requires a Community program has expanded to help individuals who have transitioned to the community from a nursing facility and are at immediate risk of...

Advocacy in Action: NAMI Brown County

Written By: Alan Johnson, NAMI Ohio Contract Writer  Danei Edelen was a nervous wreck the day she was to return to work after having a mental health crisis that required hospitalization. “I was so scared. I laid out all my clothes and took a shower the night before to...

Finding Hope in Recovery

Written By: Alan Johnson, NAMI Ohio Contract Writer The voices in his head and hallucinations had haunted Wesley Walker incessantly for months by the time he found himself on the fifth floor of a parking garage. The date was Jan. 3, 2013. Suffering from chronic...

RecoveryOhio Advisory Council

NAMI Ohio Executive Director Terry Russell appointed to the RecoveryOhio Advisory Council. Click here to read the full story

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