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2016 NAMI Collier Luncheon Raises $200,000

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County recently hosted their annual Hope Shines luncheon on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at a private club in Naples, drawing in supporters from near and far. With a theme of “Believe,” the fundraising event was able to raise $200,000 due to the overwhelming generosity of hundreds that support the 1 in 4 families affected by serious and persistent mental illness.
Chairing the event this year were Lindy and Lindsey Thomas, of Naples, who were able to raise awareness and funds for the 16,000 children […]

Sarah Ann Drop-In Center June Calendar

Our new location is north of the corner of Pine Ride Road and US 41 North, on Trail Blvd., opposite of Waterside Shops; Red bus line Route 1B.  Sign up for outings in one working day prior to outing.  Activities and outings usaully start between Noon and 1 p.m., and may be re-rescheduled.  Management reserves the right to limit outing participation to members who are frequent visitors.  For immediate and after-hours support and information about local resources, call Project HELP at 239-262-7227.  In an emergency, call 911.

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    NAMI Calls on Congress to Promote Nationwide Expansion of Police Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT)

NAMI Calls on Congress to Promote Nationwide Expansion of Police Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT)

Please click on the following link to read how NAMI Calls on Congress to Promote Nationwide Expansion of Police Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT)



NAMI Affiliates Play A Key Role in the Success of CIT

NAMI Affiliates Play A Key Role in the Success of CIT
By Laura Usher

In 1988, two advocates from NAMI Memphis were the driving force behind the first crisis intervention team (CIT) program. Ann Dino and Helen Adamo were driven by outrage at the way their families were treated by police. But their advocacy was persistent and thoughtful; ultimately, the city of Memphis and the police chief worked with them because they presented a solution that would help both individuals and families affected by mental illness and police.

As NAMI members have followed in the footsteps of NAMI Memphis to help start hundreds of […]

Naples Auto Donation Center & #NAMI of Collier County

NAMI was very blessed to receive the proceeds from a donated car to Naples Auto Donation. Rather than keep the proceeds, we identified a family in desperate need of a sound vehicle. The Robledo family is part of our HUGS program, and we met them through our partnership with Grace Place. 
Adriana Gyorkos is their systems navigator in the HUGS program. They volunteer time at Grace Place, where the kids are thriving and they will also be able to help others attend our Tuesday adolescent/ family support group.  
What a happy day!

Schizophrenia and Getting Older

By Emily Cepla, NAMI Program Manager, Child and Adolescent Action Center

As we get older, our bodies age in three ways: physically, cognitively and psychosocially. Our faces wrinkle and health deteriorates; our memories start to fail us and cognitive functions slow down; and we start to feel worse about ourselves and become more withdrawn from society and relationships. These changes are part of our human nature, however with certain preexisting illnesses, such as mental illnesses or physical ailments, aging may be a serious concern.

For the last 20 years, Dr. Dilip Jeste has studied the effects of aging in 1,500 middle-aged […]

2014 NAMI Hope Shines Walk

5/24/14 – Kathryn, what a great article!!  You are doing amazing work!!  Thanks so much!!  Becky Sharon

5/27/14 – Incredible !!!!!!!!!– Thank you Kathryn for all you do!  You and your team are truly  amazing and I am so honored to be a part – Thank you!  Alisa Helms

Click on Link:  Kathryn Hunter: 2014 NAMI Hope Shines Walk » Naples Daily News (User story from monteiu#270845) – newsle

Hope Shines on NAMI as Recent Event Raises over $150,000

Naples, Florida—December 2013. Just nine years ago, Nancy Schultz who served then as president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County and Executive Director Kathryn Leib Hunter were overjoyed to have 60 people attending the NAMI luncheon event at the Athletic Club, an event which barely broke even. This month NAMI’s awareness-raising luncheon-turned fundraiser assembled over 400 people at the Waldorf Astoria in Naples. The sea of faces took Schultz’s breath away. The contributions and supportive funding is still flowing in and the count is exceeding $150,000, a record thus far.

Patricia Yasbeck Pike, the Luncheon […]

The Pelican Isle Yacht Club Women’s Club Fundraiser presents Proceeds Check to NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) of Collier County

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Collier County (NAMI) was the proud recipient of funds raised at the Pelican Isle Women’s Club 2014 Desserts and Delights, held on March 11, 2014.  These funds will help NAMI provide financial assistance free of charge to individuals who need help in getting psychiatric evaluations, emergency assistance, prescriptions, shelter and food.

Please click on the link to view the video of this years 2014 fundraiser: The PIYC (Pelican Isle Yacht Club) Women’s Club Fundraiser 





Kids With ADHD May Also Suffer Family Troubles

TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — New research indicates that children with attention-deficit          hyperactivity disorder may be more likely to be part of families that are affected by poverty, divorce, neighborhood violence and substance abuse.

“Our findings suggest that children with ADHD experience significantly higher rates of trauma than those without ADHD,” study author Dr. Nicole Brown said in a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Providers may focus on ADHD as the primary diagnosis and overlook the possible presence of a trauma history, which may impact treatment.”

The researchers analyzed the answers of […]