On Friday, October 1, 2021 NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region PA will officially kick off the observance of National Mental Illness Awareness Week

by holding its Annual Candlelight Vigil on the Spruce Street side of the Lackawanna County Courthouse in Scranton.

The event will begin at 6:00 PM and end at sundown with the lighting of the candles.


This event is intended to educate the people in the Northeast PA community about mental illness, and to end stigma by celebrating the great strides that have been made in diagnosing and treating mental illness.



NAMI Scranton takes this opportunity to honor individuals or organizations in our community that have taken actions to help improve the lives of anyone affected by mental illness. 


These actions exemplify excellence in the mental health community and serve as a role model to the people of Northeast PA as we all battle the stigma and discrimination that continues to surround mental illness. 

It is with that in mind that NAMI Northeast Region PA is proud to announce the newly created Jim & Marie Scott Leadership Award!

Jim & Marie Scott led NAMI Northeast for almost 30years- supporting, educating and advocating for countless individuals and families.  

The Scotts recently retired from volunteering but the change they helped bring about as leaders and advocates will be felt far into the future.   

NAMI Northeast believes the example they set is admirable and achievable.

Nominations are being accepted now for the Jim & Marie Scott Leadership Award.


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Jim & Marie Scott Leadership Award


NAMI Northeast Region PA will also present the

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Leadership Award to the CIT member who has provided extraordinary service in response to mental health crisis calls and/or provided exemplary leadership toward the development and expansion of CIT in Lackawanna, Susquehanna and/or Wayne Counties.


Open to all CIT members, this award recognizes those members that strive toward a standard of excellence that goes above and beyond what is expected of them. It celebrates exceptional work, commitment, advocacy, and creativity of those who are making a difference in the lives of people living with mental illness.

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CIT Leadership Award


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NAMI Northeast Region PA knows that the stigma of mental illness may leave a person feeling alienated and empty, having the compassion and support of the community can help to eliminate these feelings and to contribute to one’s well-being and health. NAMI Northeast hopes to educate the public about mental illness and to let our candles shine through the darkness of stigma and light the way to understanding during Mental Illness Awareness Week.