A good example of how a congregation responded to a need and collaborated with NAMI of Greater Cleveland is Avon Lake United Church of Christ. Last summer, Rev. Kelly Brill officiated at the funerals of five suicide victims. Brill said, “The common denominator in many of these cases was mental illness and substance abuse.” She decided to team with the NAMI affiliate of Greater Cleveland to offer a free, five-week class for friends and family members of people experiencing a mental illness. The class, led by three NAMI members, will teach students about mental illness and how to be supportive of their loved one. Brill commented that, “One of the roles of the church is to provide a community for one another and to help each other through difficult moments in life.” To read the article from Avon Patch visit http://avonlake.patch.com/articles/church-takes-on-mental-illness.