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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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Join thousands of Ohioans dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness.

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Ohio Biennium Budget Approved

NAMI Ohio, the state's voice for mental illness, thanks the Governor and members of the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate for approving a biennium budget that will significantly impact both adults and children living with mental illness.  We are especially...

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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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Open Position: Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

Director of Public Policy and Advocacy As the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, you will be responsible for the execution of strategies designed to advance NAMI Ohio’s public policy goals. Primarily, you work directly with the NAMI Ohio Executive Director to...

Elevating mental health on the world stage

Mental health and substance use disorders are the top cause of disability worldwide, but only a quarter of people who need mental health services get them. NIMH & other groups are spearheading many interventions to expand the reach of mental health care.  All too...

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...

Peer Led Art Program at NAMI Toledo

Art is more than something that hangs on a wall. In Toledo, art is helping people with mental illness get in touch with their feelings, communicate with others, and improve their self-esteem. The Creative Expressions program pioneered by NAMI of Greater Toledo is...

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...

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