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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, May has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Month where organizations foster even more effort to provide support, education, and advocacy for services and policies that support families and fight the stigma surrounding mental illness. That is what NAMI Franklin County does in May and every day.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in some way: more stress and anxiety, unemployment, unpaid rent or mortgages, business closures, lack of childcare, and the list goes on. We continue to care for our loved ones but it is also time to care for our own mental health as we are sheltered at home and are just beginning to normalize our activities outside the home. During this time, we have adjusted the way we provide services, but you can still count on us: call us, attend a class (Peer-to-Peer), or join one of our six family or two peer support groups (instructions to join via Zoom are on our website.) We’re not going anywhere. We’re here for you.

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NAMI Franklin County’s Annual NAMIWalk
Our NAMIWalk was scheduled for June 9; however, it has been postponed until September 26 because of the pandemic. If you would like to participate in a virtual National Day of Hope NAMIWalk on May 30, check with the NAMI affiliate in your county for information.

In The News: NAMI Franklin County

May 12, 2020

May 7, 2020
By Jessi Schultz
News 5 Cleveland
https://www.news5cleveland.com/rebound/coronavirus-stress/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-their-mental-health-and-managing-stress-during-the-pandemic

CLEVELAND — Thursday is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and officials are urging parents to talk to their kids about their mental health as COVID-19 takes a toll on all of us.

LifeAct is a nonprofit organization in Chagrin Falls that is dedicated to recognizing early signs of depression in children and young adults and intervening in their lives to get them help.

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