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In The News: NAMI Sarasota County

August 6, 2020

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

    Thanks to a generous grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties was recently able to purchase laptops, I-pads, noise canceling headphones and tech accessories that can be used for our education classes and support groups. With a move to online programs due to COVID-19, having technology that is up to date and functional is critical for our volunteer group leaders and class teachers.

    NAMI is currently conducting online peer support groups eight times per month and family support groups four times per month online.

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    Our Family Support Groups will continue to meet online during the month of July and we will also offer one Family Support Group in person on July 20th. Please see the attached flyer for details and contact us if you have any questions.

    Our Connection Support Group for peers will continue to meet online every 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 6-7:30pm, and we will also offer two Connection Groups in person every 2nd & 4th Tuesday. Please see the attached flyer for details and contact us if you have any questions.

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    (l to r) Gene McIntyre, Lorrie Renfrow, Anne L. Weintraub, Esq


    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota and Manatee Counties would like to welcome three members to our Board of Directors.  

    Lorrie Renfrow is a Broker Associate with Keller Williams Realty Gold serving Sarasota and Charlotte Counties in southwest Florida. Lorrie is trained as a NAMI Family Support Group facilitator and Family to Family teacher.

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    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota & Manatee Counties, is one of more than 600 local affiliates and grassroots mental health organizations in 48 states dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Sarasota-Manatee envisions our community to be one where anyone with mental illness can recover and lead a productive life without stigma. To accomplish this, we work to improve the lives of individuals with mental illness, their families and caregivers,

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