Our History

NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties has undergone many changes over the years, but the goal has always remained the same: to build better lives for the people of Wayne and Holmes Counties who are affected by mental illness. This is a brief synopsis of our history:

2000 - Advocates for Mental Health, a consumer-run, self-help and recovery organization was incorporated

2002 - NAMI Wayne-Holmes Counties was founded

2008 - Wayne Holmes Mental Health Coalition was formed by merging Advocates for Mental Health with NAMI Wayne-Holmes Counties, and bringing in the Suicide Prevention Coalition as a committee of WHMHC

2009 - Wayne Holmes Mental Health Coalition received the first joint service club project of Wooster Rotary, Wooster Kiwanis, and Wooster Lions Clubs. The project was to renovate a former church parsonage into an educational and social gathering place for people with mental illness

2009 - People Affected by a Loved One’s Suicide monthly support group began for persons who are dealing with the grief and confusion following a loss from suicide

2010 - MOCA House recovery program opened, providing structured peer support to assist individuals with mental health issues to work on their recovery

2010 - Wayne Holmes Mental Health Coalition received a one-year grant from The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation for MOCA House operational costs

2011 - Our Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Advisory Council was formed, with a mission to develop and implement CIT training to improve the outcomes of police interactions with people living with mental illness

2012 - LOSS Team was formed, an acronym for Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors, a group of specially-trained survivors of suicide and concerned mental health professionals dedicated to providing immediate support and referrals to those who have lost someone to suicide

2012 - Warriors’ Journey Home, a healing circle for veterans, families and community members, began meeting at our NAMI facilities

2013 - The organization’s name changed from Wayne Holmes Mental Health Coalition to NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties, allowing us to continue to provide NAMI-sponsored programs

We’re excited to see what the future holds for our organization. With a strong volunteer base, and support from people like you, we can continue to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness!