Betty Ruth Shear made friends as easily as she made the honor roll. Smart, attractive and popular, a bright future lay ahead when life began to spiral out of control. At the age of 19, Shear was diagnosed with bipolar disease (then referred to as manic depression). Suddenly, periods of euphoria and unbridled creativity were interrupted by sinister obsessions, suffocating panic and repeated visits to the depths of despair—as well as to a laundry list of mental health institutions. Today the daughter of a Holocaust survivor is a Certified Public Accountant, world traveler and beloved aunt, but happiness didn’t come without struggle.  Ms. Shear will speak to NAMI Geauga County guests at our January Educational Speaker meeting on January 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Education Center of the Sisters of Notre Dame, 13000 Auburn Rd. Chardon. OH 44024. There is no cost for this session, but R.S.V.P. is required so we can plan for seating and refreshments.  

You can call our office at 440-286-6264 between 9 and 1pm Monday through Friday.  Or just complete the R.S.V.P. form below.  If you know of someone who would like to hear about our speaker meetings encourage them to complete this form or email Linda Reed at

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Family Pride of Northeast Ohio Presents:

Active Parenting Now

A 6-week, evidence based series to show parents effective ways of defusing power struggles, learn to use independence of your 5-12 year old child. Stop scolding and start smiling with your kids again!

Classes will be held at:

Family Pride of Northeast Ohio
695 South Street, Unit 6
Chardon, Ohio 44024

On the following  Tuesdays:

January 12, 19, 26 and February 2, 9, 16

Participants will:
Learn how brain development affects children's behavior and decision-making
Learn skills for improved discipline and communication
Start a discussion now to prevent future use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs
More effectively parent a special-needs child
7 Smart Things for School Success

Cost: Free!
Please contact Family Pride at 440-286-1553 to RSVP

Family Pride of Northeast Ohio Presents:

Cooperative Parenting Education Series 

An 8-week, evidence based series to help parents guide and protect their children through separation or divorce while establishing a positive, long-term relationship with the child’s parents. 

Classes held at: 

 Family Pride of Northeast Ohio
695 South Street, Unit 6
Chardon, Ohio 44024

Classes will be held on the following Wednesdays

January 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 10, 17, 24 and March 2

Participants will: 
Learn about how the impact their conflict has on their children 
Develop a better understanding of children’s issues in divorce 
Learn the practical skills they need to manage anger, increase impulse 
control, resolve conflict and talk to each other without arguing 

Cost FREE 
Please contact Family Pride at 440-286-1553 to RSVP

January 28th Educational Speaker Meeting

NAMI Geauga County would like to bring two great courses to your attention:

​​​Our mission is to offer educationsupport, and advocacy to those affected by mental illness and to their families and friends. We hope to reduce stigmatization of these illnesses by providing factual information. Our website offers information about our services and links to other websites that may help provide information you may find helpful.