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


How Can NAMI Help?

Do you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with, or whom you feel might have, a mental illness? Or, are you, yourself, on a journey to recovery? Don't suffer in silence or try to go it alone. There is hope. NAMI Athens can help. We are an organization comprised of families and consumers facing similar challenges. We've been through it.


The resources listed below are for you (click for more information).

  • To quickly get advice or support - non-judgmental and in confidence - call us at (740)593-7424 or, if you prefer, email us at namiathens@gmail.comFor Facebook users, you can also Like our NAMI Athens page, to receive information and announcements, or leave public comments and questions.

  • Free Night Courses for Loved ones/Parents of adults or children with mental illness and for persons in recovery from mental illness.

  • Family Support meetings: Support group for persons with adult loved ones with mental illness.

  • Join NAMI-Athens!

  • Guide to Professional Services
    How do you know where to start? Medical / insurance / government -- whose job is it to help me (and why do I feel so lost)? This is not yet online, but you can still call us! Reach us at (740)593-7424.

  • Explore Ohio's Medicaid program - Click here for general information.  For specific information about Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities (MBIWD), click here.  MBIWD Income Guidelines are here.


  • Family Heathcare, Inc - Family Health Care in the Plains provides mental health services to consumers with payment on a sliding scale according to income.  More information is available here.

  • Free or inexpensive prescription drugs for the uninsured - The pharmaceutical companies will provide free drugs for needy persons. 

    • To apply directly, go to

    • If you would like assistance for the $12/ prescription, go to  and click on the Enrollment link at the top of the page. 

    • For a comprehensive listing of the available Prescription Assistance Programs (PAPs) programs from drug companies throughout the United States, click here.

  • Suicide Bereavement Support Group - For those survivors who share a common sorrow in having lost someone to suicide.

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  • Radio interviews - Over 100 Conversations from Studio B with persons in recovery, specialists, authors, etc., covering the major mental disorders such as Borderline Personality, Tourette's, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Postpartum disorder. Listen to them via your computer.


Tri-County Mental Health & Counseling Services
web site

317 Board's Network of Care
Athens County:

 (740) 593-3177

Hocking County:
 (740) 385-3317

Vinton County:

 (740) 596-2649

The web site lists  various mental health services in the area.


United Appeal of Athens County

helps people meet their basic needs and provides assistance to county health and human service programs.

See website for more information.

The Gathering Place
A community-based organization that helps and encourages persons who are struggling with a mental illness.
web site


Athens Photographic Project
(for consumers)
Click for more information.

Appalachian Behavioral Health Care
(740)594-5000 ext.4138
e-mail:Kelly Markins
web site

Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH)
(Toll-free bridge line for consumers and families)
(614)752-9696 TDD
web site


See a story about support received from the Athens Foundation that helps make the free courses possible:

Athens Foundation Grant: May 2011

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