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2017 – 15th Annual NAMI Walk is Fast Approaching!

Together, we can be a message of Finding Hope! Join us with Grand Marshall, Pete Earley a former Washington Post reporter & best known for his nonfiction book, CRAZY, for our 15th Annual Walk!

When?
8:30-11 a.m., Saturday, Feburary 25, 2017
2.5 Mile Walk, Cambier Park, Naples
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Walk begins at 9 a.m.

Fun, Food & Entertainment!

Pete is a former Washington Post reporter, author of 11 nonfiction books, including four New York Times bestsellers, & six novels. 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 the 2007 […]

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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!

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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.

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!

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.