Today we heard from Amy Foley, Executive Director of NAMI – Clermont County (National Alliance on Mental Illness – Clermont County). NAMI is involved with A Phoenix Place and Amy talked about the support they provide for those living with mental illness.
1 out of 4 persons suffers from mental illness (MI) in a given year. NAMI helps sufferers and their families. MI is very common but STIGMA keeps people from talking about MI. Stigma is the biggest barrier to treatment.
Amy handed out a brochure on NAMI Education Programs. NAMI provides a forum, support, encouragement, treatment, monthly support meetings, a Family To Family 12-Week Class (for caregivers), and a Peer To Peer 10-Week Class for Individuals. NAMI is also working with the Sheriff to help persons with MI transition from jail to society. This is called, The "Double Trouble" group and is supported by the Sheriff for offenders with mental illness plus criminal behavior. There are forming and established support groups, including a Veteran's group.
Members of NAMI are families, friends and people living with mental illness such as major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) , panic disorder, post traumatic disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder.
Amy is the only paid staff and the organization relies on volunteers. The board is seeking new members of the board as well as volunteers that will be trained in Columbus or Cleveland. NAMI receives 50% of its funds from an annual walk in October and the rest from the State. For more, contact Amy at 513-528-5500 or www.nami-cc.org It was a pleasure to have Amy speak at our meeting. She is a delightful person and a passionate advocate.