Portage Chapter of the
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Meetings: Second and Fourth Thursdays of the Month
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County
155 E. Main St., Kent, Ohio
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All are welcome!
NAMI, the country’s voice on mental illness, is a national organization of persons with mental illness, their families, friends and community activists who work toward improving the lives of the mentally ill. The Portage County chapter was established in the 1980′s and is affiliated with NAMI Ohio and the national organization of NAMI.
NAMI Portage County is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life for those whose lives are affected by these diseases, and for their family members.
All members of NAMI Portage County shall, without exception, not discriminate among those eligible for membership based on sex, age, ethnicity/race, creed, color, sexual preference, disability, or economic status, nor shall membership be limited based upon an individual’s declaration of status as either a consumer or a family member.
NAMI Portage County is a nonprofit grassroots affiliate of NAMI and NAMI Ohio. For more information, call the Mental Health & Recovery Board at 330-673-1756, ext. 201.¬† You can also download a brochure by clicking here.
Visit NAMI Portage County’s Page on Facebook for upcoming events or click on
Portage County Events to see local NAMI meetings and events on the community calendar!
NAMI Portage County Meetings
Meetings are held at the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, 155 E. Main St., Kent, on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m.¬† Members share concerns related to mental illness, hear speakers and work on chapter projects.¬† At this time, the chapter has no other support programs.¬† A chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance meets at Akron General Medical Center. Click here for the calendar.
Click here for a map to the Mental Health & Recovery Board
155 E. Main St., Kent, Ohio
June 28, 2012
July 12, 2012
July 26, 2012
August 19, 2012
August 23, 2012
September 13, 2012
September 27, 2012
September 29, 2012, NAMI Portage County Walk for Recovery in Kent
October 11, 2012
October 25, 2012
November 8, 2012
December 8, 2012
December 27, 2012
To find out when meetings are scheduled call the Mental Health & Recovery Board
at 330-673-1756, ext 201, or email the Board by clicking here.
Dues are $35 per year (subject to change). We also offer an Open Door membership which starts at $3 to $34. Membership includes a subscription to the NAMI Ohio newsletter and the “NAMI ADVOCATE,” the newsletter of the national organization. No one is turned away because of inability to pay.
The members host a holiday party for adult consumers and young clients and their families. Coleman Professional Services, the Coleman Foundation and the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County are co-sponsors. Gifts and underwriting are donated by businesses and community organizations.
NAMI Portage County Walk for Recovery
NAMI Portage County has developed its own fundraising walk to raise local awareness of mental illness.
The Family-to-Family Education Program
NAMI offers a free 12-week course to teach interested family members and friends about mental illnesses, treatment, research, medication, advocacy and support in dealing with mental health issues. Classes are taught by persons who have a family member with a mental illness. Go to the NAMI and NAMI Ohio sites for more information. The classes generally run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The class is usually held at the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, 155 E. Main St., Kent. For more information, call 330-673-1756, ext. 201, or email us.
Click here for a map to the Mental Health & Recovery Board.
Basics Program; a Class on Mental Illness in Children
Basics Education Program is a class offered by NAMI¬†for parents of children with mental illness. Through the program, parents will be able to get support from other parents who share their experiences.
The class is taught by parents who have been trained by NAMI Ohio.¬†The curriculum provides information on illnesses such as bi-polar disorder, ¬†attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.