National Alliance on Mental Illness
page printed from NAMI Greater Cleveland


NAMI Greater Cleveland provides free support, education, advocacy and resources
for individuals with mental illness and their family members.

 The Clay Hunt SAV Act

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act was named in honor of Clay Hunt a Marine who served our country honorably.  This law will help provide necessary reforms, accountability, and community mental health access for service members and veterans.

Clay dedicated himself to helping others.  We hope this law will continue his efforts an an important step in addressing the mental health of our veterans and service members.

For more of Clay's story or to learn more about the SAV Act click here 



NAMI Greater Cleveland is pleased to be a Community Partner for the documentary 
39th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival, March 18 - 29, 2015.

Nick Cavalier’s Documentary FORCED PERSPECTIVE, traces Clevelander Derek Hess's transformation from an unknown concert poster illustrator at Euclid Tavern into an internationally renowned t-shirt designer, post-hardcore concert organizer, and fine artist. In extensive interviews, Hess opens up about his artistic process as well as his ongoing trials with alcoholism and bipolar disorder. Through his intensely expressive mixed media art, Hess not only works through his demons, but also inspires his fans from around the world to do the same. Click here for more information on FORCED PERSPECTIVE.

NAMIWalks 2015
Saturday, August 29th
Presented by the Cleveland Clinic
 at Edgewater Park in Cleveland

Thanks to our 2014 Team Captains,
Walkers, Sponsors and Donors,
NAMI Greater Cleveland was able to:

 Answer 2,421 calls on our helpline.
 Offer educational classes such as Family-to-Family,
Understanding Mental Illness and Basics for 75 family members.  Visit 916 patients in the psychiatric floors at area hospitals through our Hospital Network Program. 
Add VIDA, a six-week, Spanish language educational program for Latina women
with depression and anxiety.  Expand its programming to better serve minority
populations. Host 18 support groups for 1,377 peers and family members throughout Cuyahoga County.  Offer community information programs.  Maintain our
website: 12,843 visits in 2014

NAMIWalks 2014 Raised $130,807!



NAMI GC Board Members, volunteers and staff attended the
2014 National Convention in Washington DC to accept the reward.

NAMI Greater Cleveland's 2015
Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

Monday, April 20, 2015
11:30am - 1pm
Windows on the River
200 Sycamore Street
Cleveland, OH

Keynote Speaker
Senator Sherrod Brown

The Annual Awards Ceremony will recognize individuals, organizations, and providers
for outstanding achievement in promoting and providing mental health services for
individuals, families, and organizations in the year 2014.
This years award winners are:

The Scott Adamson Memorial Peer Award - Jai Menon
Mental Health Family/Caregiver Award - Anne McCabe
Cultural Competence in Mental Health Award - Cynthia Cekanski, Communicare
Mental Health Provider Award - Roberta Taliaferro, May Dugan Center
Eugene Brudno Memorial Organization Award -
Cuyahoga County Adult Probation Department's Mental Health
and Developmental Disabilities Department

Online reservations open March 15, 2015


Community Education Programs

Good News!
As of September 2014, Community Education Night programs will be videotaped and posted to the Community Events page.
Click here to view the video archives.

Thank you to Darryl Haase, NAMI Speaker Bureau and IOOV presenter  for his work videotaping and then editing these programs for all to view.




NAMI's 12-week Signature Education Course for families or friends of individuals living with mental illness. 

This program is free. To find out when the next class will be held, call the NAMI Office, 216-875-7776 or email

NAMI Basics: 
6 week NAMI Signature
Education Course for parents
and caregivers of a child with 
mental illness.

This program is free. To find out when the next class will be held, call the NAMI Office, 216-875-7776 or email


Understanding Mental Illness
5 week Support/Educational course for families/friends of individual(s) coping with mental illness, including information for families of veterans. The next session begins on: 

This program is free. To find out when the next class will be held, call the NAMI Office, 216-875-7776 or email



Peer-to Peer:
A 10 Week course for those seeking wellness. NAMI Signature Education Course, presented by trained "mentors" or peer teachers.

These programs are free and open to the public. To find out when the next class will be held, call the NAMI Office, 216-875-7776 or 

For additional information about all of the NAMI Education Programs 
click here





 NAMI GC Multicultural Outreach
See the MultiCultural Outreach page for more information.



NAMI Greater Cleveland offers  Support Groups throughout Cuyahoga County.

We offer Wellness Support Groups for Peers
(individuals living with mental illness) &
Family/Caregivers Support Groups. Some specialty groups include: Spousal, Young Families, ADHD for teens and Adults,
Dual Diagnosis, Women's Empowerment, Spiritual, Art Journaling, Hispanic  and
Mind, Body and Spirit.

See the Support Group page 
for a list of all our groups. 

Major support for NAMI Greater Cleveland
comes from the following organizations:
ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
CareSource Foundation
George W. Codrington Foundation
Community Shares of Greater Cleveland
Community West Foundation
Honor Project Trust
Jewish Federation of Cleveland (Selected Donors)
Frank Hadley and Cornelia Root Ginn Charitable Trust
Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation
Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation
NAMI (National) - Sharing Hope Project
PNC Charitable Trusts (Edwin Northrup II Fund)
Ridgecliff Foundation
Stolier Foundation






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