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About NAMI Marion and Crawford Counties

NAMI Marion and Crawford Counties held 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 active in NAMI.

Bernie, a formidable advocate, served as the local NAMI President and helped Ohio become the largest Family-to-Family class provider. She served on the Ohio and national NAMI boards as well. In 2016 NAMI Marion and Crawford Counties dedicated a park bench in the Marion ADAMH Board memorial garden in remembrance of her.

We are still a small grassroots organization, looking for more volunteers to join us in our mission to provide support, information, education, and advocacy to anyone in Marion or Crawford County affected by mental illness.

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