Wishing you good times, good cheer and a memorable new year.
With the new year comes newly elected Executive Board Leaders.

This year we welcomed Rev. Rose Anne Lonsway (President), Deb Zimmerman (Vice-President), Ann Mason (Treasurer) and Adam Rosplock (Secretary)! We continue to remain grateful for the service of all of our board members, including William White, Jeffrey Dickard, Edie Belt, and Barb Petterson!

Their service and support is invaluable to NAMI Lake County, OH!
Getting to know our Board President!

The Reverend Rose Anne Lonsway

The Rev. Rose Anne Lonsway was called as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church of Willoughby in 2015. Rev. Lonsway’s first career was as a registered nurse working in hospital, home care, hospice and public health venues in positions ranging from staff to corporate level responsibilities. She is a native Lake Countian growing up in Painesville and then living and working in five other states.  While working in Lake County as a nurse she was the Executive Director of Home Care of Lake County and Around the Clock Home care. She was vice chair of United Way Senior Solutions panel, Suicide Prevention Task Force, Trustee Lake County Free Clinic, Chair of the Lake County Senior Advisory Council, and member of the Lubrizol Community Action Panel. She has also served as President of the Board of the Ohio Council for Home Care and currently is a member of its Board of Directors for Community Based Care. She also served as National Board President for the Infusion Nurses Society, as well as its RN Certification Board of Examiners and an editor and contributing author of a textbook on infusion nursing. 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Our Spring session begins Wednesday March 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Register Here
Our Spring session begins Thursday March 28, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Register Here
UPCOMING EVENTS
WHEN?     February 23, 2019, 2:30 pm to 5:30pm.

WHERE?   Wickliffe Lanes – 30315 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe, Ohio 44092

COST?      $15.00 per bowler or $80.00 per lane (up to 6 bowlers per lane).
**Fee includes 3 hours of UNLIMITED bowling and shoe rental, pizza, and pop.**

STRIKES FOR AWARENESS

Join us for a fun afternoon of bowling and help us raise funds and awareness for those whose lives are affected by mental illness. 

All funds raised will be used to support NAMI Lake County’s mission. 


50/50 Raffle and Auction tickets available!

Tickets can be purchased  here
BECOME A SPONSOR

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Want to see your logo on the lane screens throughout our event?  Click here  to find out how you can become a sponsor.

We are also looking for in kind donations  Click here  for more information.
Thank you to our current Sponsors
Chris & Don Howlett
From The Office of The Ombudsman
8 Ways to Deal with Depression During the Gloomy Days of Winter

Major Depressive Disorder with a  Seasonal Pattern  (formerly known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD) is most common during the winter months. The condition is a response to the reduced amount of sunlight many experience in winter. 

Volunteer

Giving back to the community  can boost your mood and satisfaction . You can find volunteer opportunities through local community organizations, like NAMI Lake County, or support someone you know - like a neighbor!
Walk in Nature
On a sunny or even snowy, cold day, bundle up and go for a walk. Embrace the small things around you like the birds chirping or crunching snow under your feet. Take some time to absorb the warm sunlight whenever possible. Take frequent deep breaths and enjoy the moment you have with nature. 
Read
Reading is a great indoor activity to feel better. Reading books stimulates you, enables you to think creatively, improves concentration, and increases vocabulary and knowledge. A few recommended readings are Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Be Kind to Yourself
Be easy on yourself and try to let go of small things that stress you out or bring you down. Do something nice for yourself whether it’s a nice warm bath, facials, manicure/pedicure, exercise or even just taking a nap.
Journal
Journaling is a way to release your thoughts on paper without judgment. You can journal as much or as little as you want. If you are having a stressful day at work or school, it’s an easy way to vent your feelings.
Stay Healthy and Hydrated
As always, being healthy is very important throughout the year. Make sure you eat the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Staying hydrated during the cold months can be challenging, but your body needs water to function properly so staying hydrated is crucially important. 
 
Join A Peer Support Group
A big part of depression is isolation. It is important to surround yourself with the people who help you feel connected. Peer support groups are helpful because you can share experiences with people without any judgment.

Make a Happy Jar
The Happy Jar is filled with post-it notes of happy moments that you have each day. Creating a Happy Jar can significantly help mood and outlook on life. You can even implement it with a peer support group as a way to remind members of their happy moments and thoughts when they were going through difficult times.