Mental Health Is Health

You can help. Support your local NAMI chapter.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot County has been extremely busy during the coronavirus pandemic. Even though in-person group meetings are temporarily paused and our Tiffin and Fremont drop-in centers remain closed, the staff is providing more one-on-one support than ever. In the midst of the pandemic, NAMI SSW launched a pilot project, the first hybrid Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training Academy, to provide ongoing training opportunities for first responders even though we were unable to meet in person. CIT teaches first responders new skills to recognize and respond to a crisis situation and safely de-escalate it. NAMI SSW is also training over 90 area community and private licensed counselors in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) through a CARES Act grant. The grant will allow us to bring EMDR therapy to frontline workers and other individuals struggling with the effects of the pandemic.

4 in 10

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, four in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported anxiety or depressive disorder symptoms during the pandemic. Doctors believe it is even more prevalent for children, the Dayton Daily News recently reported.

NAMI is here to help, and we need your support. All of our services are free and the funds raised each year help us to continue these services. The 16th annual John Van der Laar Walk With NAMI is set for 10 a.m. to noon April 24, 2021, at Conner Park in Fremont. Our goal is to raise $20,000 and field 20 fundraising teams. You can learn more by visiting the NAMI SSW Facebook page or To support the walk, visit our website and click DONATE, Venmo @NAMI-SSW or send checks/cash to NAMI SSW at 428 Croghan St., Fremont. Please be sure to specify if you would like your donation to go toward a specific walk team.

Break the Silence, End the Stigma

Mental health is health and none of us are exempt from needing a helping hand, yet it is still a stigmatized topic. If we’re going to help people, we must start talking about it — out loud, in public. I invite you to join NAMI in breaking the silence and ending the stigma. 

Published by Alissa Paolella

Alissa Paolella is a writer, editor, photographer, social media manager, and marketing communications strategist with over 15 years of experience in the news media, advertising, and health care industries. They have overseen print and digital campaigns for small and large organizations and has served as a communications consultant for numerous nonprofits and universities. In their free time, Alissa enjoys trail-hiking with their camera and almost always has a book (or two) nearby.

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