Monthly Archives: March 2016

Mental health program sets recovery in motion

Mental health program sets recovery in motion
By: David Sarchet
Originally posted via News-Press.com, here…
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The recent The News-Press editorial “Suicide Crisis Needs Solutions” concludes with: “We need to give (those dealing with depression and other mental illnesses) hope.”

I’m moved to write about a unique program inSouthwest Florida that has quietly been developing since 2005 because that’s the word used more than any other by its members: hope. The program is called Florida Self-Directed Care (FloridaSDC) and it’s operated by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illnesses) of Collier County.

FloridaSDC is a vehicle for eligible individuals to use public funds to arrange their own mental […]

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    Friends and colleagues lament loss of Collier’s leading mental health advocate

Friends and colleagues lament loss of Collier’s leading mental health advocate

Friends and colleagues lament loss of Collier’s leading mental health advocate
By: Liz Freeman
Originally Posted via Naples Daily News, here…
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Kathryn Leib-Hunter believed in keeping her office door open.

Unexpected visitors were greeted like old friends. No matter how busy her day — and she juggled a lot — Leib-Hunter had time. She remembered details of others’ lives no matter how much time had passed.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Collier, NAMI, lost their longtime executive director Wednesday at age 54, after a battle with health issues.

On Friday, the staff at the Sarah Ann Drop-In Center, which Leib-Hunter was passionate about, […]

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Kathryn Leib-Hunter, CEO of NAMI of Collier County, dies

Kathryn Leib-Hunter, CEO of NAMI of Collier County, dies
By: Alexi Cardona
Originally posted via Naples Daily News, here…
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Kathryn Leib-Hunter was a true advocate.
As the chief executive officer of NAMI of Collier County, she knew how to get things done and fought to change the stigma associated with mental illness.

She died on Wednesday evening at 54.

A release the organization sent out Thursday afternoon states she had been suffering severe health issues.

Leib-Hunter became known in the community as a champion for those affected by mental illness. It was a cause close to her heart. One of her brothers struggled with mental illness and […]

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