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OCTOBER 22 at The Stile Athletics Field House at The University of Akron

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Family to Family

NAMI Summit County is currently registering for its free Family to Family training which begins September 7, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  This course is designed for family members and close friends of those who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness.  It is a 12 week program which meets once a week for 2-2.5 hours.  The course covers diagnoses and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, how the brain is affected, medications, coping and communication skills, and a lot more designed to assist families in helping their loved ones on their recovery journey.   The course is conducted by trained family members and is offered free of charge with all materials provided. The next session will be held at Harry Donovan Jr. Valor Home of Summit County, 1121 Exeter Road, Akron, OH. To register, contact NAMI Summit County at or 330-252-1188. See calendar for details

Inclement Weather Policy for support group and education classes:  If the school district in which the meeting is located is closed the meetings will be cancelled.


JULY 22-24

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NAMI Summit County is participating in Change Direction

Change Direction Summit County pledges to share the five signs of emotional suffering, along with information on how to get involved with changing the direction of mental health to over 50,000 citizens. We are hosting a three-day event to promote awareness throughout Summit County, Change Direction aims to place an emphasis on this largely undiscussed topic.

County Executive Russ Pry expressed during his State of the County Address that the County had a responsibility to assist those in need stating, “When we see that someone is suffering emotionally, it is up to us to show compassion, to reach out, connect, and offer to help.”

Through the Executive’s call to action, over 50 organizations have created a community-wide three-day event from July 22-24th, 2016 named “Bringing Mental Health to Main Street” that will promote awareness of the five signs of emotional suffering, educate citizens on mental health, renew a regional effort to combat the effects of mental illness, and connect those affected to the help they need.

Through community outreach, social media, radio, and print advertising, as well as spreading the word through community, religious, and local government leaders, Change Direction Summit County aims to educate on mental health issue as well as connect those dealing with emotional suffering to the help they need and services available.

For more information go to EVENTS

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In The News: NAMI Summit County

October 13, 2014

What is CIT?

CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.

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Community partnerships are the key to a successful CIT program. Only by working together can law enforcement, mental health providers and advocates improve the way a community responds to a mental health crisis.

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