Geauga County Board of Mental Health & Recovery Services

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NAMI - Geauga County
National Alliance on Mental Illness

11850 Mayfield Road
Chardon, Ohio 44024
Fax: 440-285-2756

Fact Sheet to help families with a child that may have a mental illness
"What Families Can Do"

NAMI - Geauga County is for individuals, family members and friends of individuals diagnosed with major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorders, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Co-occurring Brain and Addictive Disorders. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is a grassroots, non-profit education, support, and advocacy organization of families, friends, consumers, and professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life for all whose lives are affected by mental illness.

NAMI Support Groups

The Chardon Peer Support Group, for those with mental illness, is held on the first Thursday of each month. They meet at 7:00 p.m. at the Geauga County Independent Housing Apartment Building in the great room located at 13230 Aquilla Road, Chardon OH, 44024. This group provides a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.

The Family and Friends Support Group meets at the West Geauga Library at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. This group offers understanding and support to family members and friends of persons displaying the symptoms of a mental illness.

SUPPORT FOR ALL – The Middlefield Support group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Middlefield Library, 16167 E. High Street, on Rt. 87 just east of Rt. 608. Both those with a mental illness and those who have a loved one with a mental illness are welcome at this group. The group starts with a combined support group and then, when attendance is conducive, divides into two rooms, one a group for peers and the other for family and friends who have a loved one with a mental illness, for the remaining of the session. The facilitators for each of the focus groups have received training in support group facilitation and have life experience either with their own mental illness or with the mental illness of a loved one.

NAMI Education Programs

Family to Family Education Program

Family to Family Education Brochure

The program is free for family members, partners and friends of individuals with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression), Schizophrenia and other conditions. Family to Family is a 12 week (2 1/2 hours per week) course taught by trained instuctors, who have family members living with mental illness. Lessons teach coping and supportive skills structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well being. For more information call 440-286-NAMI.

NAMI Family to Family Education Program is sponsored by NAMI Ohio. It is funded by the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services through the Mental Health Association in Geauga County.

For further information or to join the Geauga County chapter of NAMI please call 440-286-NAMI or email Lreed@namigeauga.org.

Family-to-Family Flyer

Peer-to-Peer Education Program

The Peer-to-Peer program is a 10-week interactive learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. Participants create their own advance directive and a relapse plan to help identify feelings, thoughts, behavior or events that may warn of impending relapse and to plan for intervention. For more information call 440-286-NAMI.

NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics - Spring 2015

NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parents or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.

The goals of the NAMI Basics program are:

To give the parent/caregiver the basic information necessary to take the best care possible of their child, their family, and themselves.
To help the parent/caregiver cope with the impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family.
To provide tools for the parent/caregiver to use that will assist in making the best decisions possible for the care of the child.

The course consists of six weekly classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours. All instruction materials are FREE to participants. Call 440-286-NAMI or email LREED@namigeauga.org for more information

Speaker Meetings

The speaker meetings are held quarterly on the third Thursday of the month of January, March, June and September. These are Open House meetings, the public is welcome. Bring a friend.

Most meetings are held at the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services, 13244 Ravenna Road, Chardon 44024 (Rt. 44 across from UHHS Geauga Hospital) at 7:00 p.m. If the anticipated audience is large we will obtain a larger facility for the meeting. For further information or to join the Geauga chapter of NAMI please call 440-286-NAMI.
For more information visit NAMI Geauga's website at: namigeauga.org


The Facilitator contents include: current information about timely mental health topics and issues, community events, local mental health resources, profiles of local agencies, and articles offering tips on topics ranging from substance abuse to parenting to senior mental health issues. It's free to all Geauga County residents through funding from the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services.

The Panorama Newsletter is co-produced with the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services, this newsletter covers both state and national trends in the mental health field.


The ParenTalk Newsletter is an educational newsletter mailed to most first time parents in Geauga County. Issues arrive to correspond with baby’s age and developmental stage. Topics cover developmental milestones, nutrition and changing family needs.

The Teddy Bear Patrol
provides Geauga County emergency personnel such as firemen, county Sheriff's department staff and police officers with teddy bears to give to children experiencing traumatic situations. The purpose is a comforting friend to hug when things are scary or painful. Funds for this program come from donations, fundraisers, small grants, and individual donors. If you would like to become involved in the Teddy Bear Patrol and/or to sponsor a teddy bear to comfort a child ($15) contact NAMI Geauga.

The Very Important Kid Program helps to support the development of self-esteem of Geauga County preschool age children. VIK offers teachers a variety of activities and lesson plans to reinforce the message that each child is special and unique. VIK is provided free to all Geauga County preschools through funding from the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services. The VIK program is also available to preschools and day care centers in other counties. If you would like to have your child's preschool participate in this self-esteem building program, encourage them to contact NAMI Geauga at (440)286-6264.


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