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NAMI Peer to Peer Begins Friday, September 27

Family to Family Begins Thursday, September 5.

Please contact us to register.



October 26, 2019
The Stile Athletics Field House 
The University of Akron
Use GPS Address
266 Spicer Street Akron
Free parking in Lot 10
Enter Field House from Lot 10 through garage doors at rear
Check in begins at 8:30
Program at 9:30
Walk begins promptly at 10:00 (5 K= 2x around course).
Rain or Shine!  
We will walk around the track indoors if weather is inclement.
Team Captains-
  • Please make sure that all of your team members have registered either electronically through the website, or through our paper registration pamphlets.
  • Pick a time and meeting place to meet your team members. Arrange to get your team photo taken under the NAMIWalks Arch.
  • Place all paper registration forms and offline donations in your Team Captain envelope and check in at registration for your entire team. Receive tshirts for your team members who have raised $100.00 or more.
  • Distribute tshirts to those who have raised $100.00 or more.
Walkers registered on a team-
  • Find your team captain. Have a designated time and meeting place.
  • Your team captain will check you in at registration and give you your NAMIWalks t shirt if you have raised more than $100.00.
Walkers registered individually (not registered with a team)
  • Check in at registration and receive a NAMIWalks tshirt if you have raised more than $100.00
Some of our festivities 
Giveaways:get your NAMIWalks Temporary Tatoos. Visit our sponsor tables in the center of the Field House.
U of A nursing students conducting free anxiety sceenings
Kids: Make sure to stop by for pumpkin painting at the Kids table! Take your pumpkin home with you! Free fall crafts and giveaways while supplies last.
91.3 THE SUMMIT will provide broadcasting and music at the Walk-what better way to bring attention to our mission-Thank You Garrett Hart!
Local Musician Gerard Dusa
Steel Drum Corps from Summit Academy
Poem Who Would Have Known written and read by Jackie Slagle mother of Zach Slagle
Choices Social Center will provide fresh pastries and Dunkin’ Donuts at the food table
Starbucks Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Tea also at the food table
Dogs are permitted on the Walk route but are not permitted in the Field House
(Certified Service Dogs are permitted in the Field House)
Questions? Call or email us 330-252-1188 or



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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