News and Events

Sign up now for Peer-to-Peer Program Beginning May 20

Peer-to-Peer is a FREE, eight-week educational program for adults with mental illness looking to better understand mental wellness and their journey towards recovery.

NAMI of Erie County is offering its next Peer-to-Peer session Thursdays May 20-July 8 via Zoom. Registration is required online at NAMIerie.org or by calling NAMI at 814-456-1773.

Peer-to-Peer is taught by trained mentors who have experienced a significant level of recovery. You can expect compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences in a confidential place.

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Exploring the Arts with NAMI of Erie County

Do you have a group of youngsters that would benefit from learning more about the Erie arts community? The Exploring the Arts with NAMI program combines arts education, positive mental health behaviors, and a focus on creativity!

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Developing an interest in the arts at an early age provides opportunities for children to increase positive behaviors that enable them to become healthy, productive young adults who contribute to our community.

For more information on registering your group or classroom for this FREE opportunity call NAMI of Erie County at 814-456-1773.

Sponsor NAMI’s FABULOUS 2021 Golf Outing!

NAMI of Erie County is in the midst of planning for our 2021 FABULOUS Golf Outing at Venango Valley Inn and Golf Course! This event sold out in 2020 and raised more than $23,000 for our nonprofit, money which went toward fulfilling our mission of providing Erie County residents mental health education and support.

We are currently looking for sponsors to support our 2021 FABULOUS Golf Outing who like to have a GREAT time and support the Erie community in important ways while doing so!

Find out more about sponsoring NAMI of Erie County’s 2021 Golf Outing or register your foursome to take part today at NAMIerie.org/fabulous.

We promise a FABULOUS time!

New Mental Health First Aid Sessions!

Mental Health First Aid classes are now available on Zoom.  The classes below are held 8:30 am to 5 pm.  If you would like to register, you can sign up online at NAMIerie.org/programs or call the NAMI office at (814) 456-1773.

Youth Mental Health First Aid – 1 day 8-hour course to receive your certification 

Wednesday, April 28th

Wednesday, May 19th

Wednesday, May 26th

Wednesday, June 9th

Wednesday, June 23rd


Adult Mental Health First Aid – 1 day 8-hour course to receive your certification 

Wednesday, May 12th

Friday, May 21st 

Monday, May 24th   

Wednesday, June 2nd

Wednesday, June 16th

Benevolent Beers Event Supports NAMI

NAMI teams up with Erie Ale Works for a night of Benevolent Beers on Thursday, April 8th at 5 pm! Every beer sold benefits NAMI of Erie County’s educational programs. Mark your calendar and support a great cause!  Erie Ale Works also has non-alcoholic specialties on tap – like their homemade root beer.

“I think it has been a stressful year for all of us and one of the takeaways is that we should value our own mental wellness.  That’s why I think it’s important to support NAMI’s mission of mental health education at the Benevolent Beers event.”   

-Jeff McCullor, Co-Owner, Erie Ale Works

Join the NAMI ROCKS Fan Club!

Join the NAMI ROCKS Fan Club! Music does much more than just get us tapping our toes. The right songs ease stress, lift spirits, instill hope and bring us together. That’s why we released the “NAMI ROCKS” video, featuring our board member and singer/songwriter, Mathew Sipple, DO, to inspire people in the community to have a positive view of mental health.

Amid a global pandemic, economic upheaval, domestic unrest and more, we all needed “a little help from our friends” to get by this year.  Join the NAMI Rocks Fan Club by donating online at NAMIerie.org today!

Mental Health First Aid Certification Courses in April and May

FREE YOUTH Mental Health Instructor Course is being offered through NAMI of Erie County. May 31st – June 2nd.  This is a three-day, eight-hour virtual training course to obtain your Instructors Certification to teach Youth Mental Health First Aid. Spots are filling up fast.

NAMI of Erie County is also offering FREE Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certification Courses .  Adult Mental Health First Aid Training is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12th and Friday, May 21st .  Youth Mental Health First Aid Training will be held April 28th, May 19th, and May 26th.  Classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until roughly 5:00 p.m.  There are a few breaks throughout.  Right now, we are planning on keeping all MHFA sessions virtual via Zoom.  There is no charge for these certifications.  If you are interested in registering for one of these courses, register at NAMIerie.org/programs or call the office at (814) 456-1773.


Mental Health First Aid Certification Courses

FREE Mental Health First Aid Certification Courses
NAMI of Erie County is offering FREE Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certification Courses
throughout the month of February. If you are interested in registering for one of these courses
register at www.NAMIerie.org or call our office (814) 456-1773.  These courses are typically scheduled
8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Adult Mental Health First Aid:
Thursday, February 10th
Wednesday, February 17th
Friday, March 5th
Friday, March 12th
Friday, March 24th

Youth Mental Health First Aid:

Wednesday, February 4th
Wednesday, February 24th
Wednesday, March 3rd
Wednesday, March 10th
Wednesday, March 17th

February 2021: Loving Yourself in the Month of Love

Join NAMI on Wednesday, February 17th at 3:00 p.m. as we’ll be on Mission Empower’s podcast to discuss Self-Care and Self-Love. For more information or to register, please contact Mission Empower at (814) 825-0788.

Learning to love ourselves or nurturing the love we have for ourselves is a critical component that must happen for our own happiness.  Additionally, it is a critical component of healthy relationships with others.  Below we have identified ways to begin your journey to finding self-love or nurturing your self-love.

Practice Forgiveness – At the heart of pain is anger, and the result of anger is a disconnect from self and others.  By holding on to anger, whether it is anger at ourselves or anger at others, we must learn to forgive.

Practice Healthy Boundaries – Being safe and comfortable – it’s something we can so easily take for granted, and it’s what we notice immediately when we don’t have it.

Finding Your “You” – What makes us “us” is defined by so many different factors.  During our adolescence we explore the world around us to help discover those things that we most relate to, find enjoyment in, and connect with.

Practicing Self Care – Just like our bodies need food, exercise, vitamins, medical care, and possibly even medications, it is also crucial that our minds and spirits receive the same care and attention.               WRITTEN BY ANONYMOUS (NOT VERIFIED) ON FEBRUARY 10, 2020

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