Our art gallery displays the work of our members. This gives members the opportunity to share their talent and creativity, and instills a sense of pride by having their work enjoyed by others.
The computer lab is available to help members strengthen basic computer skills, including using typing tutorials. Internet accessibility is available for those who have a thirst for knowledge and an interest in the latest research information on mental health issues.
The Thomas M. Wernert Center offers educational programs, in addition to activities and forums. We sponsor frequent recovery and advocacy forums that address medication, client’s rights, health, and nutrition.
Our newsletter, Encounters, is published on a regular basis to inform members and the community of our various activities and events. Members are encouraged to submit poetry, as well as articles on their topics of interest and topics related to mental health.
Leadership Education Program
The Leadership Education Program is a seven-week course that discusses leadership qualities; group dynamics; group decision making; basics of U.S. Government, Boards, and Committees; and the use of Robert’s Rules of Order. Program participants are equipped to sit on boards in the community upon completion of this course. Mental health advocacy issues are addressed and ways to research issues, letter writing campaigns, and public speaking are discussed.
Membership Volunteer Program
We offer many opportunities for members to volunteer in varied positions such as office work, food preparation and serving, computer lab assistance, sewing instruction, collating and folding the newsletter, and assisting in the day-to-day operations of the Wernert Center. The Wernert Center operates on the philosophy of member participation and YOU can be a part of the recovery process.
Peer Enrichment Program
The Peer Enrichment Program includes a seven-week course on peer support that covers topics such as the power of peer support in one’s recovery, friendship qualities, crisis support, qualities of a role model, and the essential components of best practices in mental health recovery as recognized by the Ohio Department of Mental Health. Participants in the program will serve as role models to other members and learn the necessary tools to offer support to their peers facing the challenges of mental health recovery.