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January 11, 2021

NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties would like to invite youth and young adults, ages 14-29, to attend our first Virtual Youth Open Mic event to be held on Thursday, January 28th from 6:30-8pm.  Our theme will honor Mental Wellness Month as poets, musician, rappers, and artists alike, are encouraged to share a hopeful and inspiring word through their chosen artist expression.  At this time, we will also be sharing more about our newest youth peer initiatives and opportunities for youth and young adults to engage in a safe and supportive environment among peers who share similar experiences.

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    Join NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties for a Family & Friends Webinar on January 27, 2021 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Family & Friends is a free 90-minute seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

    The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition.

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    In collaboration with Centerstone Florida, NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties is pleased to offer a Suicide Support Group, beginning Wednesday January 20, 2021. The group will be held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm at the NAMI office located at 2911 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. The group is free and confidential and registration is not required. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. For additional information please contact Taylor Walker at 941-444-3428/

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    Suncoast Credit Union, Florida’s largest credit union, recently donated $15,000 to NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties and 10 other NAMI affiliates throughout Florida who have seen increased needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Mental health has been significantly impacted by COVID-19 with an increase in fear, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed. Social distancing can make people feel isolated and lonely, adding to the problem. In a survey taken between October 28 and November 9 by the U.S. Census Bureau,

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    Thank you to the Allstate Foundation for awarding NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties a $1000 Helping Hands Grant. The volunteerism and support from local agenda Katherine Adams-Love ( helped us receive the grant.

    The Allstate Foundation supports the causes that Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and employees care about most by providing Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grants to nonprofits where they volunteer their time to help communities thrive.

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