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NEW 8 week Family to Family begins January 30 at the First Congregational Church in Hudson

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Summit County

Ending the Silence

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    • Dr. Xavier Amador Keynote Speaker
    • Journey of Hope award winner, China Darrington, NAMI Summit County Executive Directors, Ron Rett and Leslie Powlette Stoyer
    • Volunteer of the Year award winners Beth and Brian Honeck, NAMI Summit County Executive Directors, Ron Rett and Leslie Powlette Stoyer
    • Dr. Amador with NAMI Summit County Board members:
      • Steve Case, Ginger DeFilippo, Rebecca Dempster, Joseph V. Gentile, Jr., Margaret (Peggy) Jordan Halter, Emily Hionides-Horner, Danelle Hupp,  Robert L. Hunt, Sr. Rebecca Roberts-Martin, Jamie Messenger, Leslie O’Neal, Helen Reedy, Ron Rett, Michael Schmeltzer, Richard M. Schwartz, Leslie Powlette Stoyer, Steven Wagner

On May 16th, The National Alliance on Mental Illness Summit County “NAMI Summit County,” celebrated its 33rd year of service on to the Summit County community by holding a luncheon at The Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.  The event was sponsored by Peg’s Foundation.  During the event, the following individuals were honored with awards: Journey of Hope-China Darrington for her resilience and determination in her recovery journey; Volunteer of the Year– Beth and Brian Honeck for their exemplary service and dedication to NAMI Summit County.

Over 300 people packed the Hilton Ballroom to hear Dr. Xavier Amador speak. Dr. Amador is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist and founder of the LEAP Institute. He is also a bestselling writer, authoring numerous books including I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! During his keynote, he shared research and practical advice on how to help engage patients with mental health clients in treatment, and shared his personal experience with his brother who suffered from schizophrenia.

Dr. Amador is also the Director of the LEAP® Institute which was founded to provide education and training on anosognosia, the problem of poor adherence and provide practical communication tools (LEAP® communication program) designed to build bridges and partnerships with persons who hold views of their illness and needs that are opposite to that of their loved ones, doctors, and sometimes even law enforcement.

Dr. Amador and NAMI Summit County announced that the LEAP Institute will bring its LEAP Course and LEAP Certification to Akron during three days: April 2-4 2020.

is pleased to announce that it was the recipient of 2018 Peg’s Foundation Morgan Impact Award for Excellence in Partnering










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.

Began MAY 31 at Community Support Services, AKRON

Next session will begin on September 6th at Portage Path Behavioral Health

Call 330-252-1188 to register


 NAMI Connection held weekly at Choices Social Center every Tuesday from 2:30-4 PM.  See the calendar, or Meetings and Schedules tab for more information.


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.


change direction

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. Change Direction aims to place an emphasis on this largely undiscussed topic.

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

In The News: NAMI Summit County

November 14, 2017

Together we have raised $88,000.00 for NAMI Summit County Programming!

Special thanks to our Sponsors, Team Captains, Walkers and Volunteers!

The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation

Alkermes Pharmaceutical

Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Community Support Services

County of Summit ADM Board

Klein’s Pharmacy

Portage Path Behavioral Health

United Healthcare Community Plan & Optum Health

Akron Children’s

AxessPointe Community Health Center

Buckeye Health Plan

Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Blick Center

Child Guidance & Family Solutions

Ciccolini & Associates Co. LPA

Coleman Professional Services, Inc.

Fred and Penny Frese

GOJO Industries Inc

Greenleaf Family Center

Highland Springs Hospital

Minority Behavioral Health Group

Molina Healthcare


Oriana House


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