Our Mission

Provide a place of safety where all persons affected by a mental health concern feel accepted and can build hope through peer based programming, and to deliver education, suicide prevention, and support to family members and the community.



NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties is the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for those in need. NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI state organizations, NAMI affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to provide free education, advocacy and support group programs.

NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties is the local NAMI affiliate. We serve Wayne and Holmes Counties, offering free educational programs and support groups for individuals with mental illness, their families and caregivers.

NAMI Ohio is our statewide alliance which provides us with grants and educational resources. The organization is comprised of over 20,000 family members, individuals, advocates and professionals working together to ensure that Ohioans with mental illness and their loved ones receive the treatment and support they need.

Our History

NAMI Board and Annual Meetings


Our Philosophy on Recovery from Illness to Mental Health

NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties believes recovery is possible. We’re committed to providing education and fostering group discussion of recovery strategies in a safe environment.

What is Recovery?

Recovery is a process of restoring or developing a positive and meaningful sense of identity apart from one’s condition and then rebuilding one’s life despite, or within, the limitations imposed by that condition. Recovery is both a goal and a lifestyle that supports this goal; it’s a personal journey and varies from person to person.

What We Believe about the Recovery Process:

• We believe recovery is made possible when a person accepts responsibility for his or her own wellness.

• We believe recovery does not occur in one single moment. It takes time, planning and effort, combined with hope that comes from sharing concerns and successes with others who have similar issues.

• We believe making a realistic and informed evaluation of one’s present circumstances is a critical step on the path to recovery.

• We believe setting achievable goals is crucial to recovery.

• We believe it’s important for individuals to have a step-by-step guide and plan to achieving his or her goals for recovery.