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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 five 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

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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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