Welcome to NAMI Stark County

NAMI Stark County offers life-changing opportunities to all whose lives are touched by mental illness.

One out of every four families in America has a member with a serious mental illness. 
Two out of every 100 young adults will be affected by serious brain diseases between the ages of 18 and 30.

NAMI Stark County works to “Provide Hope for Recovery for Persons and Families Impacted by Mental Illness”.  We are dedicated to improving the lives of persons and families in Stark County who have been touched by mental illness through NAMI public education and information; family and consumer peer education and support; advocacy on behalf of people living with mental illness and for the health of our community; and visible public events that raise funds and awareness.

NAMI Stark County, Inc. is an affiliate of NAMI national (http://www.nami.org/).
We are also a chapter of NAMI Ohio (http://www.namiohio.org/).
There are over 1100 affiliates like us that are spread out into every state with over 220,000 members strong.
NAMI Stark County, Inc. is funded in part by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County

Volunteer Opportunity

When opportunity knocks, you open the door. When an opportunity arrives to positively showcase mental illness and earn money at the same time, that is what is called a win, win scenario. As the head usher at the Canton Memorial Civic Center I have the opportunity to offer NAMI Stark County the wonderful chance to earn money for NAMI Stark County by ushering for all major events at the Civic Center, during the 2014/2015 season.  For every volunteer hour you usher NAMI Stark County earns $8.00. I normally have 10 to 22 ushers per event working 4 hours. We would work concerts, wrestling matches, children’s shows, and the most consuming but a great money maker, The Charge Basketball team, which is part of the D league for the Cavaliers.  Our dress for the Charge is beige pants and a yellow Charge polo provided by the Charge. For all other events we wear beige pants and white shirts.

I guarantee that these events will be a wonderful way to showcase mental illness in a positive light. We also will be wearing volunteer badges saying who we are and they will be attached to NAMI Stark County  lanyards.

I promise you fun times, great shows and an opportunity to talk about NAMI Stark County.

What I need from you is a commitment to volunteer.

To volunteer, please email me at ncoastnewf@aol.com or call me at 330-806-8575

I look forward to working with all of you,

Shirley Cavender


Civic Center Schedule


Date Time Event
November 7, 2014 5:30 Christian Show
November 15, 2014 5:30 Charge Opener
November 22, 2014 5:30 Charge
November 28, 2014 5:30 Charge
November 30, 2014 5:30 Charge
December 6, 2014 5:30 Charge
December 9, 2014 5:30 Charge
December 11, 2014 5:30 Charge
December 13, 2014 5:30 Charge
December 17, 2014 5:30 Charge
December 26, 2014 5:30 Charge
December 30, 2014 5:30 Charge
January 10, 2015 5:30 Charge
January 21, 2015 9:30 Charge
January 24, 2015 5:30 Charge
January 28, 2015 TBA Globetrotters
January 30, 2015 5:30 Charge
January 31, 2015 5:30 Charge
February 12, 2015 5:30 Charge
February 27, 2015 5:30 Charge
March 7, 2015 TBA Mixed Martial Arts
March 14, 2015 5:30 Charge
March 17, 2015 5:30 Charge
March 20, 2015 5:30 Charge
March 21, 2015 5:30 Charge
April 1, 2015 5:30 Charge
April 3, 2015 5:30 Charge


Anyone Can Develop Mental Illness
You can’t catch a mental illness like a cold. Many factors combine to cause mental illness. Heredity may be a factor as it is in diabetes or cancer. Life stresses and physical illness also may be contributing factors.

Contrary to old myths, mental illness is NOT caused by bad character, poor child rearing or any individual’s behavior.

Mental Illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning.

People who have a mental illness can be very confused and frightened by their illness, and usually suffer a great deal.

Through ignorance and misunderstanding, people reject and discriminate against those with a mental illness, causing further suffering.

In any given year, about five million American adults experience an acute episode of one of five serious mental illnesses: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, and Panic/Anxiety.

Many of America’s children—more than three million—suffer from these disorders, often referred to as emotional disturbances.

Treatment Works; People Recover!
At present, there is no effective prevention or cure for mental illness. However, mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated as precisely and effectively as many other medical disorders.

Effective medicine, counseling, therapy and self-help community support programs help people live productive and rewarding lives

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