The Portage County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) thanked the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County for their support of the organization.
During the February Mental Health & Recovery Board meeting, Portage County NAMI provided dinner for the board members and updated them on NAMI’s activities.
The Portage County NAMI chapter was established in the 1980’s and is affiliated with NAMI Ohio and the national organization of NAMI. The group 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.
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.
Chapter President Karen Cox and Treasurer Alberta Caetta reported that members of the organization are on the consulting team for the new mental health court and are involved with the jail re-entry committee.
Twice a year, Portage County NAMI holds the Family-to-Family class – which is a free, twelve-week education course for individuals with a relative or friend who has a brain disorder (mental illness).
The organization has donated to Horizon House, Freedom House, and to Coleman Professional Service’s clients. The group holds a holiday party for family members of the Coleman clients.
Portage County NAMI holds an annual fundraising and awareness walk in September.
Cox and Caetta also thanked the Mental Health & Recovery Board for providing the organization with office space and equipment.