Our Mission: To improve the quality of life for the 1 in 4 families affected by serious mental illnesses, through education, support and advocacy.

Originally incorporated in Florida in 1987, our Collier County founders were primarily family members of people with chronic mental illnesses. These individuals envisioned building a movement to refocus the inadequate research and services available to serve people with mental illnesses within our own community.

Today, our supporters include people with serious mental illnesses, and their entire network of affected parents, children, spouses, siblings and friends, as well as mental health professionals and advocates. Working together not only to provide adequate resources and support locally – but to also raise awareness and de-stigmatize mental health issues overall.

Our association with NAMI national (www.NAMI.org), includes us in a network of 1,200 affiliates nationwide, with expanded access to research and programming resources. We are proud that all monies raised locally continue to be used solely to benefit our neighbors in Collier County and the surrounding community.

We are deeply grateful to the Florida Department of Children and Families, United Way, and Naples Children & Education Foundation/Naples Winter Wine Fest as the primary underwriters of the vital programs and services provided by NAMI of Collier County. However, we continue to rely on individual, foundation, and corporate donations to raise more than half of our annual operating budget.

If you wish to support NAMI of Collier County, please visit our How You Can Help Section, including opportunities to become a member, volunteer, attend or sponsor an event, or make a donation.

NAMI of Collier County Highlights:

  • HUGS (Health Under Guided Systems), our free community based children’s behavioral health program, screened over 1,200 children last year. This program addresses the prevention and early intervention of social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges for high-risk children ages 3 months to 18 years.
  • Our peer-operated Sarah Ann Drop-In Center, provides a welcoming, confidential, supportive, and recovery-oriented refuge for people 18 and over diagnosed with mental illnesses, currently averaging over 500 visits each month.
  • Through our Emergency Care Fund, we provide over $30,000 in financial assistance every year to individuals who need help in getting psychiatric evaluations and emergency assistance for prescriptions, shelter and food.
  • The Florida Self-Directed Care Program (SDC), is designed to respect and promote self-determination, recovery, and full community inclusion for people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness and who depend on government subsidized mental wellness services. Initiated at NAMI of Collier County as a pilot project in 2006, based on our results, our agency in now the longest continually operating mental health SDC program in both the U.S. and internationally.
  • The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization, nationally recognized for their commitment to promoting rigorous and relevant standards of excellence for child welfare, behavioral health, and other community-based social service nonprofit organizations. NAMI of Collier County is honored to be the first NAMI affiliate to be awarded COA accreditation, and remains committed to on-going improvement of our service delivery outcomes and the measurable human impact it has on those we serve.