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Millions of American’s lives are impacted daily by mental health conditions. As a way to show support, NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties participates in and hosts several mental health awareness events.

Participating in a local or national NAMI event is a great way for you to help increase people’s understanding of the complexity of mental illness. Through these events we can expel myths, educate the public and show support for the many people affected by mental health that are working to improve their lives.


Webinar Series:  Into the Future, Mental Health Support for Families Planning for the Future, August 12th, September 9th, and October 14th

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).

Out of the Blue 2020

September 29th: Online Fundraising Event and Costume Contest

Throughout the month of October, you will have the opportunity to enter a picture of your best “BLUE” costume. On October 29th from 6:30-8:00 pm, NAMI will host a Live Online Zoom event emceed by entertainer Jonathan Cortez and featuring local artists and talent all in support of NAMI.

Our evening will wrap up by announcing the Costume Contest winners with a “Best in Blue” winner in each category. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have fun creating a “Bluetiful” costume along with an enjoyable – and safe – evening of entertainment.  The fundraiser provides the opportunity to sponsor a NAMI Sarasota Manatee program. Sponsor a NAMI program today!

Links to Past Events and Event Photos

An Emerald Evening 2020 – Online Event

Out of the Blue 2019

An Emerald Evening 2019

An Emerald Evening 2019 Photos

Out of the Blue 2018

Out of the Blue 2018 Photos

Out of the Blue 2017

Out of the Blue 2017 Photos

News & Articles

In Eugene, Oregon, a successful crisis-response program has reduced the footprint of law enforcement—and maybe even the likelihood of police violence.

National Alliance on Mental Illness in Sarasota and Manatee counties offers help for those struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic


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