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September 24, 2020

The 2020 Virtual Speaker Series “All Together Now” sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Florida, kicked off on September 12, 2020 with its first presentation, “A Celebration of NAMI Florida.” During the event, NAMI Florida presented Lt. Charles (Charlie) Kenniff, Board Member of NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties, with the Don and Judy Turnbaugh Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Award. This award recognizes a CIT First Responder (officer or deputy) that demonstrates continuous use of exemplary CIT knowledge and their work highlights their outstanding dedication to the CIT program,

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    The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 8-week course for family and caregivers of individuals living with mental illness.  Registration is open now for our next Family-to-Family session, beginning on Tuesday, September 29th, occurring once a week for 8 weeks.

    The course is designed to help class members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions.

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    Join us on September 10th, 2020 from 4-5:30pm, for our Self-Care for First Responders presentation. This 1 ½ presentation, led by Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Charles Kenniff, and including speakers Joyce Carter Psy.D., LMHC, and Sarah Miller, CRPS, will provide all First Responders with tools to help cope with trauma and stress during these turbulent times.

    To tune in, visit and enter Webinar ID- 846 4827 1239

    Or use this direct link to get access-

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    We are excited to announce that NAMI Sarasota Manatee will be offering Peer-to-Peer classes online via Zoom starting September 9th. This free 8-week class led by peers is a recovery-focused course for adults with mental health conditions. Registration is now open. Contact us via to register, or register online. For more information, visit our website page Peer-to-Peer.

    What Does The Course Include?

    Peer-to-Peer consists of eight two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

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    Recent events that resulted in the deaths of Adrean Stephenson and Howard Owens are tragic. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota and Manatee Counties recognizes that the lack of appropriate and funded mental health crisis services across the U.S. has resulted in law enforcement officers serving as first responders to these types of crises.

    It is important to note that most people with mental illness are not violent and are more often victims than perpetrators of crimes.

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    NAMI Sarasota & Manatee is excited to announce that we have partnered with Mental Health Community Centers to bring to you a Webinar Series. This Webinar series features 3 different live sessions via Zoom, and is focused on family planning for the future. Topics include, Guardianship (intro/alternative options), Financial Planning (setting up trusts & benefits), and Planning the Future (relationship in guardianship). Register Today! more » Read More
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