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Mental Health First Aid

NAMI is continuing to offer MHFA and Youth MHFA to the Erie community! These trainings are entirely free to the public, but seating will be limited, so be sure to register.
We are following all guidelines given for social distancing to ensure the safety of participants and instructors.
Class sizes will be limited to eight participants per class. We have spots available for the following training dates:

  • Friday, July 17
  • Friday, July 24
  • Friday, July 31
  • Friday, August 14
  • Friday, August 21

MHFA and Youth MHFA help participants to identify, understand, and respond to the signs of mental illness. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so you will receive a confirmation email if you are registered.

Thank You for Another Fabulous Golf Outing!

NAMI’s 8th Annual Fabulous Golf Outing was a FABULOUS success! The outing would not be possible without our donors and sponsors. Since it’s inception, funds raised from the golf outing have helped NAMI assist more than 24,000 Erie County individuals and families in need.

Some of our FABULOUS sponsors this year included: Accudyn, Erie County Care Management, Erie News Now, Highmark, The HUB, Knox Law Firm, Lamar Advertising, Northwest Bank, PSB Industries, TechWorx, Tipsy Bean, and UPMC Health Plan!

Congratulations to our FABULOUS Golden Boa winners from Northwest Bank. The winners are: (L-R) Adam Nelson, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, Jen Stewart, Cash Management Advisor at Northwest Bank and NAMI Golf Committee Member, Nate Ross, Business Banker at Northwest Bank and NAMI Board Member, and Ben Motyl, Financial Advisor at PNC Bank.

Make sure to mark your calendars and join us next year for more FUN and FABULOUS-NESS on June 25, 2021!

The Fabulous Golf Outing proceeds benefit NAMI of Erie County’s free educational programs and services that support individuals and families living with mental health challenges.

NAMI’s 8th Annual Fabulous Golf Outing

Golf is open! Join NAMI for fun and fabulous-ness on Friday, June 26 at Venango Valley Inn & Golf Course.

As always, golfers will enjoy a day of 18-holes, along with live music provided by Mike Trott, and lunch donated by Give a Crepe. Later on, DJ Tony B is playing all the greatest hits on the course where golfers compete for the Golden Boa Award and fabulous team prizes!

The Fabulous Golf Outing benefits our signature Family-to-Family program that helps individuals and families in Erie County.
“Our mission of mental health education is now more important than ever before. We encourage the community to support NAMI’s Fabulous Golf Outing so we can help families that need additional assistance during these challenging times,” says Denise Kolivoski, MBA, NAMI of Erie County Director.

Throughout the years, the Fabulous Golf Outing has helped more than 30,000 individuals and families in Erie County. This couldn’t be possible without our fabulous supporters!
You can be a part of this fabulous day. Register your golf foursome today at NAMIerie.org/fabulous, and we’ll see you out on the green!

Be There. Be Fabulous.

Pictured above: 2019 Golden Boa Winners (L-R) Justin Spierling, Gary Winner, NAMI Executive Director, Denise L. Kolivoski, MBA, Dean Rainville, Jacques Lemoyne

NAMI Homefront

NAMI is hosting the pilot session of NAMI Homefront in September. This is an educational program for families, caregivers, and friends of military service members and veterans living with mental health conditions. It’s offered at no cost to participants and no formal diagnosis is required.

Based on the nationally recognized Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers, and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of veterans living with mental health conditions.
NAMI Homefront teaches participants how to manage crises, solve problems, and communicate effectively with their loved one.

The course also teaches how to develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion. There’s knowledge passed along that includes the latest research and information on mental health.

Mental Health First Aid Trainings

NAMI is offering Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid classes every week at our office beginning in July and continuing through August. These trainings are entirely free to the public, but seating will be limited, so be sure to register!

We are following all guidelines given for social distancing to ensure safety of participants and instructors. Because of this, class sizes will be limited to eight participants per class.

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to the signs of mental illness. This course gives an overview of mental health challenges people may be facing, and teaches an action plan for how you can help in some experiencing a mental health episode.

Youth Mental Health First Aid directly addreses understanding mental illness in young people. This course is suitable for parents, teachers, caregivers, and anyone else that would like to help young people experiencing mental health concerns.

Country Fair Cares Campaign

Country Fair stores annually give to a variety of local charities, along with running the Country Fair Cares program. This program picks five local nonprofits every year to be featured at the Charity Pump!

This year, NAMI of Erie County has been chosen as one of the five charities. The other charities involved are: the Erie Animal Network, Erie Philarmonic, the Mercy Center for Women, and
St. Martin Center. This program kicks off May 1st and will continue until October 31st.

During this time, you can help out all five charities by purchasing gasoline at one of the charity pumps. This will take two cents from every gallon and disperse the funds equally to each charity. This process costs you nothing extra, and only benefits the nonprofits involved!

Funds from this program will benefit the NAMI Basics program. This course educates parents and caregivers of children experiencing mental health issues, and gives them tools on how to best help their child. For more information, or to register for our next session, call the NAMI office at (814) 456-1773.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, and educate the public to help people with mental illness and their families. Through this, it allows us to spread awareness about our cause.

NAMI’s “You are Not Alone” campaign features the lived experience of people affected by mental illness to fight stigma, inspire others, and educate the broader public. Now more than ever before, it is important for the mental health community to come together and show the world that no one should ever feel alone. The campaign builds connection and increases awareness with the digital tools that make connection possible during a climate of physical distancing.

Even in times of uncertainty, the NAMI community is always here, reminding everyone that you are not alone.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

NAMI is continuing to offer Mental Health First Aid training to the Erie community, and we are excited to announce that Youth Mental Health First Aid will be available soon! This course is primarily intended for adults to learn how to help young people experiencing mental health challenges. It reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18 and emphasizes the importance of early intervention.

Mental health impacts more youth-aged children than we realize. One in six kids ages 6-17 will experience a mental health challenge each year, with suicide being the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-34. These numbers are staggering, but Mental Health First Aid is here to help. This course is beneficial for parents, caregivers, teachers, youth leaders, and so many more!

It can be applied to every day life in learning how to help loved ones with their overall mental wellness. If you are interested in taking this course, you can call our office at (814) 456-1773. Together, let’s make Mental Health First Aid as common as CPR!

Nonprofit of the Year: NAMI of Erie County

The 8th Annual Commitment to Erie (CTE) Awards were held on September 19 and NAMI of Erie County was announced as Nonprofit of the Year.

These awards honor businesses and nonprofits for the commitment that they make to the Erie community in the form of providing jobs, service to their customers, and charitable outreach to their neighbors in a variety of forms.

“In the case of NAMI’s nomination and win for the CTE Nonprofit of the Year, the judges were extremely impressed with the work that NAMI has done over the last several years addressing the needs of individuals throughout the region,” said Scott Miller, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Business at Edinboro University, as well as Commitment to Erie 2019 judge.

He continued: “Individuals facing mental health issues have, historically, been viewed negatively in society. Through the work of NAMI and its visibility in the community, mental health issues have become better understood and individuals have been not only more accepting of those facing mental illness, but more cognizant of potential issues they face themselves.”

NAMI of Erie County was delighted to be selected out of the many deserving nonprofits, and will continue to enhance our service to the Erie community.

“We thank NAMI, its leadership, staff, and volunteers for the good work they do and are appreciative of the efforts that you have done to improve the quality of life in Erie,” said Miller.

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