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NAMI Summit County is Hosting Keynote Speaker Marya Hornbacher 
May 25th, 2017
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Summit County “NAMI Summit County,” will celebrate its 31st year of service to the Summit County community by holding a luncheon at The Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.  In honor of this significant event, NAMI Summit County will host keynote speaker, Marya Hornbacher, Pulitzer Prize Nominee in Non-Fiction. Marya Hornbacher is an established mental health writer who centers her work around on recovery, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders. She is currently working as journalist studying new methodologies for mental health recovery, and the science of mental illness.

In 1998, Marya Hornbacher published her first book, WASTED: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia. This book earned Hornbacher a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction, is published in 18 languages, and over the years has become a classic. Her first novel, THE CENTER OF WINTER, was published in 2005 to international acclaim. The New York Times named the book an Editor’s Choice, and Booklist called Hornbacher  “a master storyteller.” Her third book, MADNESS: A Bipolar Life, was an immediate New York Times Bestseller, and earned her more praise in the Times, which wrote, “Hornbacher is a virtuoso writer.” Her fourth and fifth books, SANE and WAITING, both published by Hazelden, have found passionate audiences who are working toward recovery from addictions of all kinds. WAITING, published in 2011, examines the role of spirituality in a non-believer’s life, and was a finalist for both the Books for Better Life Award. The recipient of a host of awards and fellowships for her writing and research, Hornbacher’s essays, lectures, and articles explore subjects ranging from jazz and theater to social ethics and spirituality, and her teaching has spanned subjects as far-reaching as documentary filmmaking, nonfiction research, and poetic form.  Her writing across genres appears regularly in literary and journalistic publications around the world. Born in San Francisco, Hornbacher has recently moved to Philadelphia to join the graduate and undergraduate faculty at Rowan University. She is currently at work on her sixth and seventh books. Forthcoming in 2018, the first of these is a work of long-form journalism that tackles the science of mental illnes and new approaches to mental health recovery; the second, forthcoming in 2019, is a collection of essays on women’s lives.


Begins June 1 at Community Support Services.  

Call 330-252-1188 to register

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.


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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.

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