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October 7, 2019

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) on Oct. 6-12, 2019, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and participants across the country, including NAMI Sarasota County, are raising awareness of mental illness and dispelling myths. Congress officially established the first full week of October as MIAW in 1990, and since that time advocates have worked together to sponsor activities, large and small, to Read More

    ALERT: Tell Congress to help prevent suicide


    Too many lives are cut short by suicide. The national suicide crisis is affecting our friends, our families, and our communities. And tragically, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people ages 10-34.

    A new bill introduced in Congress hopes to help change that. The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, H.R. 4194, is a bipartisan bill that would create an easy-to-remember 3-digit number as the nationwide hotline for suicide prevention and mental Read More

    The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-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 Monday, September 9th, occurring once a week for 12 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 Read More

    It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our member and volunteer coordinator, Linda Grimes. Linda passed away peacefully at home with her family on August 2, 2019. Linda had been an active member of NAMI Sarasota County working on our fundraising committee for the Out of the Blue and An Emerald Evening events. Her son Joe was the person who suggested that we hold our inaugural fundraiser Out of the Blue at Sarasota Architectural Salvage. This Read More

    NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred over the weekend in Texas and Ohio. These mass shootings are far too common and impact every corner of our nation. Every time we experience a tragedy like this, people with mental illness are drawn into the conversation. The truth is that the vast majority of violence is not perpetrated by people with mental illness. Statements to the contrary only serve to perpetuate stigma Read More

    On June 25, 2019 NAMI Sarasota County lost our Vice President, Doreen Sutherland.

    Doreen had served as a Board member, active volunteer and staunch supporter since March 2017. Doreen jumped right in and at her first Board meeting volunteered to be Vice President. We knew her experience would be of tremendous help to NAMI, as she had extensive experience with non-profit leadership, having founded Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s with her husband, Dr. Dean Sutherland, and through her work with Read More

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