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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, here…
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…
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…

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 […]

Donate To Your Favorite Walk Team Today!

Our 2016 Walk is fast approaching! To show your support, please consider donating to one of the below teams by clicking on the appropriate team name. If you are interested in forming a team, and having your team link added, please contact our office for more information by calling 239-260-7300.


Collier FACT
David Lawrence Center
Elect Stephany Lucarelli
Happy Feet
Legacy Options
Lorenzo Walker
Marlee’s Mitzvah
Michael’s Messengers
Naples Bingo
Nurse Practitioners 
OM Spa
Park Royal 
PBS Contractors Cares
Purpose With Passion
Shelter for Abused Women and Children
S.O.S. (Surviors Of/After Suicide)
Starfish – […]

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

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 or calling 239-260-7300. Thank you!

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


NAMI Walk 2016 – Forms and Information

We hope you’re getting ready for NAMI of Collier County’s 14th annual NAMI Walk!!! Please see below for this year’s Walk forms. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jacquelyn by emailing or by calling our office at 239-260-7300. Thank you!

2016 Walk Flyer
Walk Team Commitment Form* (Please email / mail in to form a team)
Donation & Registration Tracker
Team Walkers Form
Walker Registration Form* (All walkers must fill out and sign – available at the Walk)
Sponsorship Opportunities

Remember, if you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at […]