NAMI - Athens, An Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Ohio

Who are we?

NAMI Athens is a private, family-based organization with two primary purposes: To advocate for and promote the recovery of people with mental illness and to provide information and support to their families.

The Community's Voice on Mental Illness Most of our members have loved ones with mental illness. We know how it is to find oneself coping with and trying to help a family member who is suddenly severely psychotic, grandiose, depressed, or otherwise oddly dysfunctional. We have experienced the confusion, pain, unnecessary guilt, and utter helplessness that come in such times. We have found support, crucial information, and useful strategies through NAMI and we invite you to do the same.

With free courses, conferences, and monthly meetings, NAMI can give you information to help you understand and cope with mental illness. We can direct you to the help you want in times of crisis and the support that both you and your loved one need on the road to his or her recovery. With modern medicine, information, and the support of family, there is hope for full recovery!

Dedication Ceremony at Restored Mental Hospital Cemeteries



NAMI on WOUB radio:

Conversations from Studio B


Grave Directory for the Ridges Cemeteries


Donating to NAMI-Athens



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Watch a news segment on recent mass killing tragedies and the failures of the mental health system


Memorial Day 2013 - Ceremony at The Ridges


See the Pursuit of Acceptance YouTube Video, featuring NAMI Athens' own Janet Polzer and Milt Greek


Great NAMI/Friends of the Library 2013 Speaker Series


Lessons from Sandy Hook


at ABH (address below)


NAMI Monthly Meeting
Last Thursday of each month at 7:00PM.


Confidential Support Group Meetings
First and Third Thursdays monthly at 6:00PM.




Important information for consumers reentering the workforce


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Athens Photographic Project (listed in Projects)


Supporting NAMI through shopping:
Kroger Rewards Program
and the Amazon NAMI store



Contact NAMI - Athens
Appalachian Behavioral Health Care, 100 Hospital Drive, Athens OH 45701
Phone: 740-593-7424   e-mail:

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Webmaster:   Mary Patacca

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NAMI-Athens remains grateful to original webmaster, the late Steve Fetsch, for his invaluable contribution.