Hello Fall!

As the humidity starts to break and our members are back in full swing around the Sarah Ann Drop-In Center, we are happy to welcome a new season and continue getting back to “normal.” The challenges of COVID-19 still remain for many of those we serve, but NAMI Collier remains committed to creatively helping people affected by mental illnesses.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT:

H.U.G.S.

We are proud of our HUGS team for continuing to support and help families with children living with mental health diagnoses through the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to the ongoing partnerships with and generosity of Trinity-by-the-Cove Church and Meals of Hope, the HUGS team is delivering care packages directly to the doorsteps of these families. The contents vary slightly during each round to include things that the parents report needing most, such as cooking oil, disinfecting spray, baby wipes, and hand sanitizer, in addition to canned goods, pantry staples, fruit, and fresh produce. We are honored to help parents focus on virtual schooling, keeping their home environment clean, and support their ability to provide healthy meals for their kids.


VIRTUAL LUNCH AND LEARN!

On October 15, 2020 NAMI Collier is partnering with experts to address the effects of COVID-19 on mental health. We are honored to welcome speakers from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Elite DNA Therapy, Park Royal Hospital, Calusa Recovery, and Lee Health. Please join us for this free event!
Register Here!

MENTAL HEALTH DOCUMENTARY WITH SPEAKER PANEL FEATUING PAMELA BAKER, CEO OF NAMI COLLIER!

The Holocaust Museum and its partners in Movies that Matter will be discussing the documentary film “Bedlam” on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7pm via Zoom. Once you register for this free film, a link will be sent to you with instructions on how to view the film.
Movies That Matter RSVP Link

Donate here to support NAMI Collier’s participation in these events!
NAMI Collier donations

THANKS TO OUR AMAZING COMMUNITY PARTER!

On September 10, 2020, The Bowl generously donated 100% of their proceeds directly to NAMI Collier County in honor of National Suicide Awareness Day. NAMI staff went to have lunch there that day and we were excited to try all of the amazingly yummy choices of acai bowls! We encourage you all to stop by as well!!


The Bowl menu

Two locations:

PINE RIDGE
1427 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples, FL 34109
(239) 734-3867

CENTRAL
1200 Central Ave., Naples, FL 34102
(239) 231-3324

The latest blogs and news from NAMI-September 2020

Top Story
My Friend is Suicidal: What Should I Do?
It is incredibly important that we talk about suicide and get our loved ones the help they need to prevent them from a crisis.
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Preventing and Responding to Crisis
How to Be with Sadness
Sadness is not something we need to fix, it is an emotion we need to feel safe enough to experience.
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Suicide Prevention:
Saving Lives Now and Beyond
We can save lives by nurturing and developing protective factors for those most at risk. Through more caring and loving action we can prevent suicide, together.
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What Safety Means as a Trauma Survivor
To live healthy lives, we must be able to work through trauma to establish safety in a healing way. We must take back the power from the situations that have harmed us.
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When Someone is Suicidal, Choose Support – Not Guilt
For those trying to help someone who is suicidal, remind them that they are loved and valued.
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Stay Tuned for Mental Illness Awareness Week
The theme of this year’s MIAW is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” Throughout the week, we will be highlighting some of the conditions and symptoms that are most misunderstood.
Learn More »


“Hope is never cancelled!”

Our annual Hope Shines Walk will take place as scheduled on January 30th, as it is a completely outdoor event. The Walk will take place in Baker Park for the first time and we are excited to have everyone with us in our new location! We are also looking at ways to incorporate a virtual Walk to allow everyone to participate in the way they are most comfortable.
Our annual Hope Shines Luncheon is now scheduled for March 12, 2021! We can’t wait to see all of our loyal supporters there!


STAYING CONNECTED WITH SUPPORT GROUPS

The Sarah Ann Drop-In Center will continue to offer support groups on Zoom as they resume in-person. We are committed to making our groups accessible to everyone.Visit our Facebook page to see a larger image of our schedule: Our Facebook page