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Family-to-Family class begins March 4, 2020

When a loved one has a mental illness, it affects those around them. Family and friends may wonder how to support someone they care about as they navigate their mental health journey. Family-to-Family is a free, eight-week class that can help family and friends gain better understanding of what life is like for their loved one, get helpful resources, and learn how to support someone they care about while also caring for themselves. Learn more or register today.




New Online Format for NAMI Parenting Class

NAMI Delaware & Morrow Counties is excited to offer a new hybrid program of NAMI Basics.  The class is an education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide full-time care for youth (ages 18 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms.  Our hybrid program will meet in person three times throughout the online course: we’ll help you register and navigate the online class in week one, come together to share our stories in week four, and hear a presentation on IEPs and 504 plans from the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children With Disabilities in week seven.

The class will discuss impact mental health conditions can have on the whole family, different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options and therapies, an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and resources to help you navigate these systems, advocating for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings, how to prepare for and respond to crisis situations, and the importance of taking care of yourself.

Our first hybrid Basics orientation is on the evening of January 15, 2020. The first 20 people to sign up and attend orientation will receive a free family game.

RSVP for the hybrid Basics course here.

QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training

What is QPR? QPR stands for “Question, Persuade, and Refer” — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Join us for a free one-hour training sponsored by Helpline and the Delaware Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board on Saturday, February 1 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am and learn innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention efforts.

Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

Register online.

Learn more about QPR at HelpLine’s website.

In The News: NAMI of Delaware and Morrow Counties

January 9, 2020

Akron Beacon Journal

COLUMBUS — Becca Pollard was diagnosed with depression in high school, but it became clear it got worse when the days started getting gloomier.

Because of this, the 37-year-old was told a couple of years after her initial diagnosis she actually had seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression that aptly is often shortened to SAD, which made a lot more sense to Read More

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