Marybeth Turner (left) and Heather Turner (right) running the NAMI Southwest Ohio table at the 2017 Symposium.

Since 2014, the Symposium has been partnered with the charity NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) because as we like to say of Steampunks “some of us choose to be eccentric, and some of us were just born this way.”

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southwest Ohio is a grassroots education, support and advocacy organization founded in 1979. Originally founded as NAMI Hamilton County, at the end of 2014 NAMI Hamilton County, NAMI Warren County and NAMI Clermont County merged to better serve the region.

The Southwest Ohio office provides educational programs, support groups, and an information and referral phone line, and work together with the national organization (NAMI) and their state affiliate (NAMI Ohio) to advocate for people living with mental illness and their families.

To help NAMI in their work, the Steampunk Olympiad and various other events are a great opportunity for the Steampunk Community to raise funds.

At the NAMI table you can:

  • Register for Steampunk Olympiad contests.
  • Purchase tickets for the Steampunk Charity Raffle.
  • Make donations.
  • Learn more about NAMI Southwest Ohio.

In addition, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southwest Ohio will be offering talks and presentations on mental health issues as part of the Symposium schedule.

Meanwhile, learn more at their website, and be sure to drop their table this March.