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Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wayne Counties' Voice on Mental Illness

NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region

Mental Health...It's OK to talk about it! BillboardNAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses. NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.

Upcoming Events

Annual Evening of Hope

The NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region Annual Evening of Hope will be held at the University of Scranton's DeNaples Center on Thursday November 3, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

There are several area events for runners wishing to support mental health support services:


The inaugural Mental Illness Awareness Walk/Run and Halloween Fairin memory of Katie Shoener

Join us on Sunday, October 30 at Noon at the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Trail as we stomp out mental illness! The 5K walk/run will end at Valor Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. In the spirit of Katie’s favorite holiday, Halloween, we encourage you to dress in costume, but don’t mask mental illness.

The Halloween Fair is free of charge and will be open all afternoon. Wear your costume. There will be kids games, contests, food and music. People will speaking up about mental illness and the need for openness and understanding. It will be a community event where everyone can show their compassion and support for better mental health care.

For more information, go to

Ruthkosky's Run

Run for the Mental & Physical Health of NEPA Police Officers & Firefighters!

The Ruthkosky's Run for the Mental & Physical Health of NEPA Police Officers & Firefighters will honor those who lost the fight to mental illness while supporting those that "Serve and Save" in our community and will take place November 13, 2016 at McDade Park in Scranton.

Proceeds raised from this event will be distributed among LRJ Foundation's programs to educate the community and schools on mental health education, and two distinguished civil service groups; Police officers and Firefighters in Northeastern Pennsylvania. LRJ Foundation will offer assistance for the best Mental and Physical Health needs for these men and women upon their request.

Derek Ruthkosky, the race's namesake, felt at home in the Taylor Borough Fire and Rescue fire hall, where his fellow volunteer firefighters considered him a brother. He was known amongst his bretheren there as a friend to everyone who's smile was contagious to all.

The hope to this event is that it will bring into light that asking for help, talking and sharing one's problems is not something to be afraid of and to encourage others to take the potentially lifesaving step of reaching out for help.

For information on Ruthkosky's Run, go to BadgeofHonor5k1kRuthkoskyRun.

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Support Group Meetings

Scranton Meetings are held in the Advocacy Alliance Media Center, 841 Jefferson Avenue in Scranton, on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

For more upcoming events, check out our News & Events page.

Help Bring Hope and Recovery

NAMI stands at the forefront of supporting those whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness, and is leading the way in transforming America's mental health care system.

Your gift helps provide vital support, advocacy efforts, awareness events and program trainings for individuals with mental illness, and their families in the NEPA community.

Your financial support is essential to this ongoing movement. Simply put, we cannot do it without you.

Donation Type

For Donations in ‘Memory of…’ or ‘Honor of…’ please call the NAMI office at 570-342-1047.

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Click here for a printable copy of a list of books that have proven to be helpful to many members of the NAMI PA Scranton support group who are looking for answers and assistance in dealing with mental illness as consumers and family members.