YOU ARE NOT ALONE
We are the “safe haven” for those whose journey has brought you to us.
As the blades of grass in the NAMI logo symbolize, we are a grassroots organization comprised of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness.
As the heart in our NAMI Lake Countylogo symbolizes, we have been through the struggles of mental illness and are here to help others as we were once helped.
NAMI Lake County’s grassroots were established in 1991 as AMI Lake County, an outgrowth of the Families Do Care Foundation; which began in October 1988 as a committee designed to define housing needs for the mentally ill in Lake County. Families Do Care was formed by volunteers, each of whom had a family member with a mental illness. Each also was involved in the support group at NEIGHBORING, Supportive Family Friendships.
In 1991, the AMI Lake County Board developed Bylaws which were approved by the general membership and achieved non-profit status as well as incorporation in the State of Ohio. AMI Lake County then became chartered as an affiliate of NAMI Ohio and the national organization – National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. In accordance with a vote of the general membership of NAMI in 2006, each affiliated organization changed their name to become the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI.
MISSION & PURPOSE
In all we do, NAMI Lake County is guided by this Mission Statement:
“To improve the quality of life for consumers living with disabling brain disorders/mental illness and assist their family and friends through providing educational opportunities, support groups, and advocacy in the public arena.”
To mutually respect the unique needs of individuals with serious brain disorders (also known as mental illness) and the impact these illnesses have on family members and other support individuals.
To provide support and encouragement for persons with mental illness on their path to recovery by promoting their full participation within the community.
To educate all those affected by mental illness, including the public, on the nature of these diseases and their treatment.
To provide pertinent local information and referral services.
To combat the stigma that surrounds mental illness through community education programs, public awareness events, fundraising and utilization of local media sources.
To engage in grassroots advocacy for improving services and laws that governs the care of people with mental illness.
NAMI of Lake County is registered in the State of Ohio and with the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.
MONTHLY BOARD AND MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Board meetings are open to the public and held the 2nd Tuesday of each month beginning at 7 PM, at One Victoria Square in Painesville. For more information call 440-639-1200.
Proudly recognized NAMI Lake County as
“Affiliate of the Year" 2008
NAMI Lake County is proud to be a service provider of the Lake County Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. For more information on the ADAMHS Network of Service Providers go to www.HelpThatWorks.us
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