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A Groundbreaking Commitment to Psychiatric Research After receiving a $650 million gift The Broad Institute is set to try and find the genetic causes of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.
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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: The Time for Action Is Now
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A group of Geauga County residents took the Family to Family Class in the fall of 2006 when it was offered at a  Geauga County site for the first time through NAMI Lake County.  We found the information and support in this class so valuable that we decided to form a chapter in Geauga County. 

Within two short years we were official.  We held elections for our officers and published our first newsletter in July, 2006.  We met on the first Thursday of each month for our business meeting and support group. On the third Thursday of each month we held an educational meeting. We were very excited to hear Drs. Fred and Penny Frese tell us about the effect of Schizophrenia on their family in September, 2008.  Dr. Fred is a psychologist who happens to be suffering with Schizophrenia. Dr. Penny has helped advocate for those diagnosed with mental illness with her daughter Claire.  They have worked with NAMI to produce Claire's Story and Thick and Thin to educate young people in our schools about mental health.  Dr. Penny will join us at our June 2009 educational meeting.  We will show Claire's Story and she will discuss moving on to advocacy.

Six years later we have honed our meetings to include peer support, family and friends support, support in Middlefield and Chardon.  We hold education classes for Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, and NAMI Basics. We have had many very informative speaker meetings and now hold these meetings quarterly.  Our membership continues to grow as we continue our efforts to offer support, education and advocacy for those affected by mental illness.

We are well on our way! Won't you join us.  Contact lreed@namigeauga for more information.

Our current newsletter will give you more information.

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