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Hope Shines on NAMI as Recent Event Raises More Than $215,000

2014 Luncheon Chairs, Lindy & Lindsey Thomas
Naples, Florida—December 15, 2014.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County’s annual Hope Shines luncheon was truly magical, as over 400 people attended on December 5th at a private club in Naples. Event chairs, Lindy and Lindsey Thomas report that the “The Magic is You!” themed event, featuring a message of hope, raised more than $215,000, a record thus far.

Keynote speaker Kevin Hines captivated the group with his moving story about finding brighter days after his suicide attempt in 2000. His […]

NAMI’s Success Stories

Here at NAMI of Collier County, the people that we help (or have helped!) are truly an inspiration to all of us. Read on, below, for a glimpse of our many success stories:

FIRST Program success stories:

The Collier County FIRST program provides intensive community re-entry assistance to inmates that life with serious mental illnesses who may also have co-occurring substance disorders. The program provides select inmates with services designed to facilitate their mental and behavioral health recovery. Referrals can come from family members, legal services, or community providers. Enrolled individuals have the opportunity to participate in mental health services, intensive case […]

Check out the success of our HUGS program!

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County
Health Under Guided Systems (HUGS)
The primary purpose of Collier Health Under Guided Systems (HUGS) is to provide a responsive, culturally competent system of care for children and youth with behavioral health needs. HUGS facilitates collaboration across agencies, as well as both public and private schools to improve access to culturally and linguistically competent services for families. The project provides coordinated, universal screenings and referrals to facilitate early identification and access to care to mitigate the effects of untreated problems later in life.

Provide Screening and system navigation to a minimum of 1300 […]

ORR Stakeholders: Health Insurance Literacy and the Marketplace (OMH & CMS Webinar)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invite you to join us for a webinar on health insurance literacy and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

This webinar will provide basic information on how health insurance works, how to use your health insurance ​and where to find consumer-friendly resources. A brief update on the Marketplace will also be provided.

Webinar: Health Insurance Literacy and the Marketplace
Who Should Attend: HHS partners and community-based organizations

When: Thursday, June 19 at 4 pm EDT
Join the live event (no pre-registration is needed).
Conference number: PW6650566
Passcode: 9529414
Dial-in number: […]

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Help Understand How People Live with Mental Illness

Youth Mental Health First Aid on Saturday, August 23rd from 8am – 4pm

NAMI will offer Youth Mental Health First Aid on Saturday, August 23rd from 8am – 4pm. The class will be held at the NAMI conference room at 6216 Trail Blvd, Naples, 34108.  The nonrefundable fee for the class is $25 to cover materials and must be paid in advance.  Each participant will receive a Youth Mental Health First Aid manual and certificate that is valid for 3 years.  For information about Mental Health First Aid, please see the attached flier or call for more information. To register, please call one of the class instructors and send a check to […]

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.

June Calendar



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!