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Local Mental Health Organization's Youth Screening Program Focuses on Early Detection

Originally Posted Here

A local arm of a national mental health advocacy organization has developed a successful way to screen children for signs of possible behavioral issues.

A 2010 report from the National Advisory Mental Health Council said one out of every four adults in the US suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. The local program garnered attention last month when it won an award from a national mental illness campaign.

When Mindy Wendt’s 11-year-old son Matthew gets upset, he sometimes punches holes in the wall.

In his room, there are three holes above where he lays his head at night.

Wendt said […]

Make Your New Year’s Resolution to Connect 4 Mental Health

Make Your New Year’s Resolution to Connect 4 Mental Health
By: Ginger Lerner-Wren, Created first Mental Health Court to decriminalize mentally ill
Originally Posted on The Huffington Post

2015 is here, along with the opportunity to positively impact the lives of individuals with serious mental illness and grow social justice in your local communities. While you were preparing for the holiday season, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council), Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., and Lundbeck, announced the winners of the 2014 Community Innovation Awards. Four notable community based models were selected from one of […]

HUGS Program Makes Headlines

Behavioral Help for At-Risk Youth
By Ed Mund
Originally Posted Here

Kathryn Hunter only needs nine words to describe the positive effect of Collier County’s Health Under Guided Systems (HUGS) program. “Families are so overjoyed that somebody else gets it,” she says.

Since the HUGS program’s inception in 2010, the families of more than 3,000 low-income, at-risk children and youth in the Florida county have lent truth to those words.

HUGS is administered by NAMI of Collier County, a Naples-based affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Hunter is the organization’s CEO. The program provides universal screening and early identification of children who have […]

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 […]