Our Mission

To provide support, information, education and advocacy to anyone in Marion or Crawford County living with mental illness.

About NAMI of Marion and Crawford Counties

NAMI Marion/Crawford Counties had its first meeting in 1995. It was started by the late Bernie Schell and her husband Ed, who had just moved from Dayton where they had been very active in NAMI. It was incorporated in 1996.

Bernie, who was a formidable advocate, served as the local NAMI President and helped Ohio to become the largest Family-to-Family class provider. She served on the Ohio and National NAMI boards as well.

On July 11, 2016, NAMI of Marion and Crawford Counties dedicated a park bench in remembrance of Bernie Schell. Several of her family members attended the ceremony at the ADAMH Board memorial garden, 142 S. Prospect St. in Marion.

We are still a small grassroots organization, looking for more volunteers to help us expand our services. Classes and support groups are now reaching Marion and Crawford Counties. At the present time, we are working toward certification, as are all local groups.


Board Members

Sharon Smith

Alena Fox

Carol Lantz

Mick Smith

Mark Light

Paul Tyree

Sally Higgins


About NAMI Ohio

NAMI Ohio (National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio) was created in 1979 by a small, dedicated group of family members to provide mutual support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families affected by mental health conditions. Over the years, our membership has expanded to include family members, mental health consumers and providers, community mental health boards, mental health organizations and other supporters.

As a grassroots organization advocating for mental health issues, NAMI Ohio has an outstanding history of affecting public policy and legislation regarding care and resources for persons with serious mental illness. NAMI Ohio members testify before the General Assembly, educate business and education leaders, and sit on state planning and advisory committees, Community Mental Health Boards, and various task forces. NAMI Ohio's network of 55 local affiliates plays an active role providing support, education, and advocacy on a local level.