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February 24, 2021

Join NAMI on Thurs. Feb 25th at 4 pm ET for our special webinar series “Help Not Handcuffs.” Part 1 will focus on redirecting people living with mental illness from incarceration to recovery with an expert panel discussion. Register here:

This Ask the Expert special webinar series promises to be engaging, informative, and thought-provoking.

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    NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties will offer a Family-to-Family class beginning March 5th, 2021. The course will run on Friday’s for 8 consecutive weeks from 6:00-8:30pm. Register now below.

    The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 8-week course for family and caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

    • The course is taught by trained family members
    • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
    • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program
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    NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties would like to invite youth and young adults ages 14-29 year old to participate in our next Youth Event, happening Thursday, February 25th from 6:30-8:30pm to be held at Mental Health Community Centers 240B S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237.


    Youth programming will take place every month on the 4th Thursday, from 6:30-8:00pm. We are excited to share with you our February in-person event,

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    The Patterson Foundation has selected six regional nonprofit organizations to receive five weeks of 1:1 consulting through their participation in Advancing Mission Thrivability. This opportunity educates nonprofits on strategic approaches to making mission-focused, economically informed decisions for their programs, products, and services.

    For months, the COVID-19 pandemic has put considerable strain on nonprofits. In addition to making difficult decisions regarding operations, staffing, service delivery, financial management, and more, nonprofits also have to manage a new environment that changes almost daily.

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    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota and Manatee Counties recently lost a dear friend and volunteer, Ann Jerman. Ann was a member of NAMI Manatee for more than 30 years – supporting, educating, and advocating for families who had loved ones struggling with mental illness. Ann served NAMI as Vice President and Program Chair. She taught NAMI Family to Family education class and organized many fundraising efforts over the years. Ann was named “Woman of the Year” in Manatee County by AAUW for her volunteer work with NAMI and their programs.

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    Navigating the uncertainties surrounding our health, financial situation, and living conditions continues to be a challenge. Paying attention to your health, both physically and mentally is critical and should be a top priority for 2021. Recognizing that if you are feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or emotionally drained, help is available. If you find yourself out of work, underemployed, or at risk of homelessness, resources are also available. In the Manatee and Sarasota region, there are numerous organizations wanting to help residents get back on their feet. more » Read More
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