State Senator Bob Hackett stands with his award for NAMI Ohio Legislator of the Year.
COLUMBUS—On Tuesday, mental health advocates joined at the Ohio Statehouse to honor State Senator Bob Hackett (R-London) for his support of mental health issues.

"It has been my pleasure to support important efforts to improve the quality of life for those struggling with mental illness in my community and across the state of Ohio," said Senator Hackett. "I am honored to receive this award and will continue to be a champion for individuals and families affected by mental illnesses."

During a special ceremony, leaders from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Ohio presented Senator Hackett with an award honoring him as the organization's Legislator of the Year. As a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Hackett served as co-chair of the House Mental Health Caucus.

NAMI Ohio was created in 1982 by a small, dedicated group of family members to provide mutual support, education and advocacy for individuals affected by serious mental disorders. 

As a grassroots organization, NAMI Ohio advocates for public policies to improve the care and enhance resources for persons living with mental illnesses. NAMI Ohio’s network of 39 local affiliates plays an active role providing support, education and advocacy at the local level.
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