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Mental illness has been with humanity since the beginning of time.  In centuries past it was unexplainable, so when people exhitibited unusual behavior, this may have made them social outcasts.

So have things changed in the 21st century?  Well, we have a better understanding of mental illness, and there are drugs to help minimize the symptoms, plus counseling methods are available to diagnose the problem, and help people to cope.

While the days of straight jackets and padded cells are mostly gone, the stigma remains.  Mental illness is grossly misunderstood by the majority of people, and what's worse, this disease has become the brunt of jokes by the media.

Statistically, 1-in-4 Ohioans have some form of mental illness, and that's only the reported cases.  It's possible the actual number is much higher.  Consider the other people this disease affects:  parents, children, siblings, friends, coworkers, fellow students, teachers, employers, members of a club, lodge, or church, and the extended family.

Everyone in the local organization either has a family member with mental illness or works in the mental health field, so we understand what you are going through.  Our role is to provide help in a variety of ways.

  • Be an informational resource for those seeking answers about mental illness.
  • Offering free classes to help family members better understand this disease.
  • Providing a monthly support group for those who are seeking emotional stability.

Contact us by phone or email for additional information.

"Every 16 minutes, someone dies by suicide -- every 17 minutes, someone asks why"


 CONTACT:   Beth Lauer   740-251-3766


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FAMILY-TO-FAMILY:  Free 12-week course for family members who have a loved one with mental illness.  It covers a wide range of subject matter, that will give you a better understanding of the disease.  Dates for the next class have not been determined.


MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP meets on the third Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30pm at 325 S. Saundusky St, Suite 301, Delaware.


MENTAL ILLNESS AWARENESS WEEK, Oct 2 to 8:  Tell someone there is help and hope for those who suffer with mental illness, and their families.  They do not have to suffer in silence and isolation, and that NAMI is here to help.  If every person in our affiliate will do this, the ripple effect of these words will be amazing.  YOU CAN make a difference.  I encourage everyone to SPEAK UP!!


October 27 -- Senior Health and Safety Day at the Center For Older Adults on Cheshire Rd, from 10am to 2pm.  There will be flu shots, health screenings, exhibitors, workshops, and more.

TEACHER'S CLASS FOR FAMILY-TO-FAMILY, NOV 11-13, 2011:  There is one opening left.  If you are interested in attending, contact Beth ASAP.  It runs from 10am Friday to 3pm Sunday.  Hotel room, meals, and class materials are paid by NAMI, but travel expenses are not.


Monday, November 7 @ 6pm is our next affiliate meeting -- 325 S. Sandusky St, Suite 301, Delaware.  Anyone is welcome to atttend.  

SPECIAL PRESENTATION, November 9 @ 6pm, at the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, East Wing Community Center, 149 E. Orange Rd, Lewis Center -- Topic will be the "Emerging Trends And Best Practice In Mental Health Treatment", with our speaker being Kenneth Yeager PhD, Associate Professor at the OSU College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.  He is also the Director of Quality Improvement for the OSU Harding Hospital.  There will be time for questions afterward.  Refreshments are provided.  Reservations are not required and there is no cost.  Invite your friends and family.




SPRING 2012 -- Class will be held for Caregive Support Group Facilitator.  Dates and location to follow later.

April 2012 -- annual art show, exact date to be announced.  Speaker:  Fred Frese

June 2012 -- NAMI Walk in Columbus, more details and exact date to be announced.







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