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In The News: NAMI Sarasota County

July 1, 2020


    (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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    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health:

    “The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and cannot be ignored. The disparity in access to mental health care in communities of color cannot be ignored. The inequality and lack of cultural competency in mental health treatment cannot be ignored.

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    Due to current circumstances, our beautiful Emerald Evening event in April was cancelled. We have decided to offer an Online Silent Auction in lieu of our in person event – and since May is Mental Health Month there is no more appropriate time to think about and support mental health.

    Please join us as we bid on fabulous items with all proceeds going to support Youth and Family mental health support services in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

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    On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, members, and volunteers, NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties would like to thank you for your generosity during the 2020 Giving Challenge! NAMI raised more than $27,000 during the 24-hour challenge.

    We would like to say a special THANK YOU to The Patterson Foundation. The match offered during this Challenge by The Patterson Foundation enabled NAMI to reach our goal. We are grateful!


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    Our Family Support Groups will continue to meet online during the month of May, 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 in May, meeting twice weekly.

    NAMI Family Support Groups, offered by NAMI Affiliates in communities across the country, are free, confidential and safe groups of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges.

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