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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 

NAMI GC Multicultural Outreach Program
marked the occasion with the
Second Annual Fresh Friday For Emotional Wellness
at the Cuyahoga County Public Library-Warrensville Heights branch on July 18
More than 90 individuals including children took part in the fun filled
and informative day designed to enhance emotional well-being while
providing coping techniques and mental health information they can use in their
everyday lives to care for their mind, body and spirit. Most activities were
intergenerational however special seminars for adults were
presented including Understanding Mental Illness, Art Journaling, 
a caregiver panel titled The Impact of Change, and a peer panel
on Mental Health and the Justice System: Recovery and the Law.

Special thanks to:
Dave’s Supermarket,
 Cleveland Clinic- South Point Hospital,
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center, The Cleveland Treatment Center Inc.,
Guidestone Inc., M.L.R.B., LLC ,and The Music School Settlement and Esther Pla
of Connections Health, Wellness and Advocacy
for their contributions of food, time and transportation assistance and
to all the community vendors who donated raffle prizes-
You made this event a great success!

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month press release.

NAMI Greater Cleveland offers outreach and support programs to empower
individuals and their families affected by mental illness.

NAMI Latino Multicultural Action Center from Amanda Wang on Vimeo.

NAMI's Multicultural Outreach Program targets the mental health needs of the
African American and Hispanic/Latino communities. Many individuals may suffer needlessly
from mental disorders such as clinical depression, schizophrenia, panic/anxiety,
obsessive compulsive disorder(OCD) and bipolar disorder.

Mental illness is not uncommon and is as diverse as the people who have it.
The percentage of African Americans receiving needed care is only half that of whites
and only 24% of Hispanics/Latinos with depression and anxiety receive appropriate care
compared with 34% of whites with the same diagnosis.

NAMI can Help. We provide culturally specific programs and services directed and sensitized
to the needs and concerns of African American and Hispanic/Latino Communites.

Easy Access to Services
Our services are located withing the community. Many are within walking
distance and on bus routes.

NAMI has a resource library containing
books, pamphlets, videos and
other resource materials.

Support groups that help families deal with
mental illness challenges. (See Support Groups)

Family members teach a free 12-week 
course emphasizing the knowledge and
skills needed to help cope with mental illness.

A 9-week experiential education course
for any person with serious mental illness
who is interested in establishing and
maintaining wellness.

This free 12-week course is for parents who have children with mental and
emotional disorders.


Related Files

2011 Hispanic Health Directory (PDF File)
press release 6-11 (Word Document)

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