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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, […]

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 […]

NAMI Collier Partners with CCPS in ‘We Care’ Campaign

NAMI of Collier County recently partnered with Collier County Public Schools, the David Lawrence Center, and the Collier County Sheriffs Office in a new student mental health awareness campaign called “We Care.” This campaign was created to assist with prevention, early intervention, treatment, and improved care coordination for children with mental health concerns.

The “We Care” Campaign is geared toward middle and high school students, and the goals of the campaign are to open the diaglog (and decrease) stigma, educate about the warming signs of suicide, depression, substance abuse, and bullying.

The below video is the first of four PSA’s […]

2016 NAMI Collier Luncheon Raises $200,000

ANNUAL NAMI OF COLLIER COUNTY
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 […]

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    When the Mask Comes Off – A Youth Perspective on Mental Illness

When the Mask Comes Off – A Youth Perspective on Mental Illness

“When the Mask Comes Off – A Youth Perspective on Mental Illness”

Originally posted here…

When the Mask Comes Off – A Youth Perspective on Mental Illness from Generation Justice on Vimeo.

2015 Silent Auction Items – VIP Cocktail Reception

 

 

This year’s 2015 VIP Cocktail Reception will offer a Silent Auction, full of great items! Here are a preview of some of our trips, experiences, and tickets (click on the links for more information):

African Safari
Alaskan Cruise
Kentucky Derby Tickets
Masters Golf Tickets
Napa Valley Getaway
Skiing Getaway
Top Gun Fighter Pilot Experience
Private 5-Course Dining Experience
Dining Experience at the Ritz-Carlton
Exquisite Painting by Emily James

If you would like to donate an item for our Silent Auction, or if you have any questions, please contact Jacquelyn by emailing Jacquelyn@NAMICollier.org or calling 239-260-7300. Thank you!

For more information about our VIP Cocktail Reception, please call our office at 239-260-7300.

 

Congratulations to our August Leadership Academy Graduates!

Congratulations to our most recent Leadership Academy graduates! Watch the video below, by one of our graduates!

Two Major Mental Health Bills Introduced in the U.S. Senate

Originally appearing on NAMI’s E-Newsletter 8/7/15

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Two Major Mental Health Bills Introduced in US Senate

This week, the U.S. Senate adjourned for its August recess but not before introducing two major mental health bills.

Mental Health Reform Act of 2015

Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced The Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 (S. 1945), legislation to “comprehensively overhaul and strengthen America’s mental health care system.”

The bill addresses many of the same issues as the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act” (HR 2646) introduced by Representatives Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-La.) in the House of Representatives, […]

Life-changing program ‘H.U.G.S.’ helping children with mental illness

Life-changing program ‘H.U.G.S.’ helping children with mental illness
By: Jennifer Jones
Please click below for our recent H.U.G.S. story on WINK News. The story and original link can be found here.