Our Office Phone:
You Are Not Alone
24 hour COPELine numbers:
440-285-5665 or 1-888-285-5665
NAMI Helpline: 800-950-6264
Principals of Support
We will see the individual first, not the illness.
We recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers.
We understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events.
We aim for better coping skills.
We find strength in sharing experiences.
We reject stigma and do not tolerate discrimination.
We won't judge anyone's pain as less than our own.
We forgive ourselves and reject guilt.
We embrace humor as healthy.
We accept we cannot solve all problems.
We expect a better future in a realistic way.
We will never give up hope.
SUPPORT GROUPS ARE HELD IN
CHARDON, CHESTERLAND, AND MIDDLEFIELD
The NAMI Support Group model operates differently than other, more traditional "share-and-care" groups. The NAMI Support Group model offers a set of key structures and group processes for facilitators to use in common support group scenarios. These structures come with clear guidelines to follow. They encourage full group participation while respecting the wishes of those who are hesitant. The guidelines and procedures steer the group process through many problematic situations, which commonly undermine support group effectiveness.
NAMI Geauga County offers free support groups
to those affected by mental illness:
Chesterland: Geagua West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Rd.
Middlefield: Middlefield United Methodist Church, 14999 South State Ave.