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Be Part of the Solution: Take a Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health First Aid equips you with the knowledge you’ll need to support individuals in crisis, identifying the warning signs and risk factors for certain illnesses and gives a better understanding of these challenges that individuals and their families face day-to-day. These certification classes are free and open to all.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Oct. 13 • Oct. 18 • Oct. 27 • Nov. 10 • Nov. 24

Adult Mental Health First Aid

Oct. 20 • Nov. 3 • Nov. 17

Sign up today at NAMIerie.org/application or by calling NAMI of Erie County at (814) 456-1773.

Join NAMI’s Art Support Group TODAY!

Take some much-needed time for yourself and join NAMI’s Art Support Group on Monday and/or Wednesday evening. This group is FREE and requires no pre-registration. Stop by on either night at 6 p.m. to create with us in a supportive community environment.

One of our participants recently told us: “I love the art support group. It is so helpful, fun, and allows me the opportunity to reflect.”

If you’d like to participate via Zoom, please contact our office for the link. All art supplies are provided by NAMI.

Support for this program is provided in part from an Erie Arts and Culture Ignite Arts Grant, made possible by community contributions to the United Arts Fund and Erie Arts Endowment.

Questions? Call us at (814) 456-1773.

Congratulations to NAMI’s Executive Director, Denise Kolivoski!

NAMI is pleased to announce that our own Denise L. Kolivoski, MBA, has been named a Gannon University Distinguished Alumni, the highest honor an alumnus can receive.

Denise has led NAMI of Erie County through over a decade of growth as our executive director.

Her commitment to providing education and support to individuals and families facing the challenges of mental illness is unmatched, and we’re proud the Gannon University Alumni Association has recognized

the impact and importance of her work with this honor.

Congratulations to Denise and the 2021 Distinguished Alumni honorees!

Together for Mental Health: Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 3-9

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers.

NAMI is dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness, fighting discrimination and providing support through the annual Mental Illness Awareness Week this Oct. 3-9.

This year’s theme, “Together for Mental Health,” allows NAMI to focus on the importance of advocating for better care for people with a serious mental illness. Visit our Facebook page throughout Mental Illness Awareness Week for facts and ideas on how you can support those you care about who experience mental illness.

Special thanks to UPMC Health Plan for sponsoring

NAMI of Erie County’s Mental Illness Awareness Week.

NAMI Art Support Group Begins Sept. 13

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Join NAMI of Erie County’s Art Support Group! The next session begins Sept. 13.
This group is open to ALL! Simply log on to our Zoom call or come IN PERSON and CREATE with us. All art supplies provided!
This is a chance for you to take some time for yourself to explore creatively with a supportive community.
Each week we will focus on a different theme. Come to one class or come to all! You are always welcome! The group meets on Monday and Tuesday evenings — come to whichever works best for you.
Get all the details and register here ➡️ https://www.namierie.org/programs/art-support-group/… ⬅️
Have questions? ☎ Call NAMI at (814) 456-1773.

NAMI of Erie County Would Appreciate Your Support on Erie Gives Day Aug. 10

Did you know 100% of the money you donate to NAMI of Erie County STAYS in Erie County? That means your personal support of NAMI of Erie County directly helps support those in our Erie County community facing mental health challenges.

TOGETHER we can do more for parents and children. TOGETHER we can do more for veterans and their families. TOGETHER we can do more people in our community with mental health concerns.

We very much appreciate your support on Erie Gives Day!

How to Give on Erie Gives Day

Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 10, the Erie Community Foundation and other generous donors will match a percentage of your donation to NAMI of Erie County. All you have to do is go online at ErieGives.org and select NAMI of Erie County as your nonprofit of choice. 

You can also submit a check for Erie Gives Day! Checks must be submitted by Aug. 9. If you’d prefer to submit a check, call us today at (814) 456-1773.

Upcoming FREE Mental Health First Aid Courses

As the pandemic situation continues to evolve and change, so does the mental health and needs of each one of us. Find out how to help others navigate through this difficult time during one of our Mental Health First Aid certification classes. Upcoming dates include:

Youth Mental Health First Aid:
Aug. 18
• Sept. 1
• Sept. 15
• Sept. 29
• Oct. 13
• Oct. 27
Adult Mental Health First Aid:
• July 28
•Aug. 11
• Aug. 25
• Sept. 22
• Oct. 6
• Oct. 20
Sign up today at NAMIerie.org/application or by calling NAMI of Erie County at (814) 456-1773.

Registration Open Now for Family-to-Family & Peer-to-Peer Programs

Family-to-Family begins Sept. 21

Family-to-Family is a free, eight-week educational course for family members and caregivers of individuals with mental illness. Sessions will meet 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 21 through Nov. 9.

Family members learn about various mental illnesses, treatments, medications, and rehabilitation. Participants learn self-care as well as problem-solving and communication skills. Many graduates of the program called it “life-changing” as they develop friendships with others in similar situations.

Read more about our Family-to-Family program here.

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Peer-to-Peer begins Sept. 9

Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-week educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand mental wellness and their journey towards recovery. Sessions will meet 6-8 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 9 through Oct. 28.

Read more about our Peer-to-Peer program here.

Sign up for either program today at NAMIerie.org/application or by calling NAMI of Erie County at (814) 456-1773.

FREE Writing Class at Scott Park July 19-23

When’s the last time you asked yourself what YOU need?
NOW is your chance!
Join in our FREE writing class called “The Hero’s Journey: Exploring Our Individual Challenges With Mental Health” every day from noon to 1 p.m. July 19-23 at Scott Park.
This adult support group will explore through writing the quest we’re all on to find acceptance of ourselves and others. Every day we will explore where our beliefs, values, and actions come from and learn ways to change those that no longer serve us.
This class is open to ALL and is 🌟FREE 🌟 — so invite your friends too!
To register email Tracy@NAMIErie.org. Please register TODAY as we have a minimum class size we need to meet to hold this amazing class!

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