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Fight for the future of mental health care

Senators are back from July 4th recess, where they heard from advocates like you about the harmful consequences of the Senate health reform bill (the Better Care Reconciliation Act).

Thank you for speaking up, but the fight is not over. The future of mental health coverage is being decided right now.

Currently, 1 in 5 Americans live with a mental illness, but only half get needed treatment. This bill will make it even harder for people to get psychiatric medications, case management and mental health services.

If this bill passes, millions of Americans will lose coverage for mental health care.

Senators need to […]

By |July 12th, 2017|Archives|Comments Off on Fight for the future of mental health care|

Employing the power of art in mental mending

Commentary by Deena Baxter, author of “Surviving Suicide: Searching for ‘Normal’ with Heartache and Humor.”

Mental Health Awareness Month in May was an opportune time to honor mental health heroes.

That includes brain science researchers searching for mental health breakthroughs, diagnostic capabilities and patient-specific remedies; first responders who take crisis intervention training courses and learn how to safely defuse a volatile mental health crisis, and the many grass-roots mental health advocates and nonprofits striving locally and nationally to deliver effective mental health programs and services.

Equally important are the courageous children, teens and adults who embrace life to the fullest while living with […]

By |May 31st, 2017|home|Comments Off on Employing the power of art in mental mending|

Join us for NAMI of Collier County’s 2018 Annual Walk!

“STEPS OF HOPE” — 16th Annual Walk to be Held Saturday, February 17, 2018

 
Please join us at Cambier Park in Naples for this 2.5 mile walk.
Registration begins at 8:00am / Event begins at 8:30am
Walk begins at 9:30am / Scheduled to end by 11:30m.
Choose how you want to participate in this always fun community event — filled with food, games, and entertainment for the whole family. Form or join a team, help us obtain Walk sponsors, or volunteer at the event.
For more information, please contact Alex Kincaid at 239-260-7300 or by email at Alex@namicollier.org.   
 

By |May 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Join us for NAMI of Collier County’s 2018 Annual Walk!|
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    2017 Annual Walk Raises Awareness and Support for NAMI of Collier County

2017 Annual Walk Raises Awareness and Support for NAMI of Collier County

This community event, held on February 25, 2017 at Cambier Park in Naples, was once again filled with family fun, food, and entertainment. As Grand Marshall for this year’s NAMI Walk, Pete Earley added both his passion and energy for raising awareness to erase the stigma so often associated with mental illness in our society.

As a journalist and author of 11 nonfiction books, including four New York Times bestsellers, & six novels, Pete knows how to reach an audience. He is best known for his nonfiction book, CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, which was one of two finalists for […]

By |December 20th, 2016|Past Walk Highlights|Comments Off on 2017 Annual Walk Raises Awareness and Support for NAMI of Collier County|
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    NAMI Finding Hope! Mark your calendars for our 15th Annual Walk!

NAMI Finding Hope! Mark your calendars for our 15th Annual Walk!

Mark your calendars! NAMI of Collier County will be hosting their 15th annual walk on Saturday, February 25, 2017 in Cambier Park in Naples. Packed with free food, free entertainment, and plenty of goodies, please join us to raise awareness and funds for the 1 in 4 families affected by serious and persistent mental illness.

To form a team, sponsor the event, or for questions/concerns, please contact Alex at Alex@namicollier.org.

Thank you!

By |December 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on NAMI Finding Hope! Mark your calendars for our 15th Annual Walk!|
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    SDC Holiday Success flyers are created by Susan Sholle-Martin, SDC Life Coach, as a festive way of tracking and acknowledging the accomplishments of FloridaSDC participants throughout the year!

SDC Holiday Success flyers are created by Susan Sholle-Martin, SDC Life Coach, as a festive way of tracking and acknowledging the accomplishments of FloridaSDC participants throughout the year!

By |December 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on SDC Holiday Success flyers are created by Susan Sholle-Martin, SDC Life Coach, as a festive way of tracking and acknowledging the accomplishments of FloridaSDC participants throughout the year!|
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    Santa shows up in Naples helps kids who wouldn’t get a Christmas

Santa shows up in Naples helps kids who wouldn’t get a Christmas

NORTH NAPLES, Fla.- Families waved as Santa and Mrs. Clause pulled up on a fire engine.

The mini parade happened along Trail Boulevard in North Naples. The event was hosted by the HUGS department of NAMI, a non-profit who helps families with financial, social, emotional or mental struggles. The families had dinner with Santa then received Christmas gifts.

NAMI HUGS runs off donations only and help is always appreciated.

By |December 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Santa shows up in Naples helps kids who wouldn’t get a Christmas|

Save the Date – NAMI Luncheon 2016

NAMI’s 10th Annual Hope Shines Luncheon is quickly approaching!

Save the Date! Mark your calendars now and join NAMI of Collier County as we shine a light on the 1 in 4 children and adults affected by serious mental illness.

Please join us on Thursday, December 1, 2016
11:30am – 1:30pm
La Playa Beach & Golf Resort
Naples, FL

For more information, please contact our office by calling 239-260-7300.

Individual tickets can be purchased for $250 and sponsorships are available starting at $1,000.

You can purchase your ticket HERE! If you have any questions please contact us for more information!

By |June 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Save the Date – NAMI Luncheon 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 […]

By |March 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mental health program sets recovery in motion|
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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, […]

By |March 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Friends and colleagues lament loss of Collier’s leading mental health advocate|