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Montei Foundation donation

September 13, 2018

NAMI Sarasota County is grateful to the Montei Foundation of Columbus, Ohio for a recent donation that will be used to support our programs. We are grateful they recognized our contribution in the mental health community. Thank you.  

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Family Support Group (FSG) Training

June 30, 2018

October 6-7 in Sarasota New facilitators for FSG needed. If you would like train as an FSG facilitator and can commit to facilitating Family Support Groups in Sarasota County at least once per month please consider this unique opportunity. NAMI Sarasota County will cover the cost of training for applicants from Sarasota County. If you have attended Family Support Groups more »

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Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant

June 19, 2018

NAMI Sarasota County recently received a Helping Hands Grant from the Allstate Foundation thanks to Allstate volunteer, Katherine Adams-Love. The Allstate Foundation supports the causes that Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and employees care about most by providing Helping Hands Grants to nonprofits where they volunteer their time to bring out the good in their more »

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A case of misplaced priorities

May 21, 2018

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Opinion By Carrie Seidman , Columnist  | Updated May 19, 2018 at 7:56 PM Proposed Department of Corrections cuts would decimate substance abuse programs in the midst of the opioid epidemic Sometimes the shortsightedness of our state government leaves me speechless — and that’s not a condition I’m very familiar with. I learned of a recent mind-bogglingly irrational decision last Friday more »

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Sarasota moving from ‘meanest’ to ‘most humane’ on the homeless front

May 20, 2018

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Opinion By Carrie Seidman, Columnist |  Updated Apr 19, 2018 at 10:52 AM If ever there was an example of Sarasota at its worst, it was the prolonged, divisive and bungled effort to find a solution to reducing the number of homeless individuals in our city. It’s been a dozen years since Sarasota was named “the meanest city in America” by more »

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NAMI Sarasota County Welcomes Executive Director

March 31, 2018

By Barbara Wulf, Patch Poster  Sarasota Patch | Mar 25, 2018 9:45 pm ET Newly hired Executive Director for NAMI Sarasota will help the affiliate grow. NAMI Sarasota County (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the nation’s largest organization for individuals and families affected by mental illness, has hired Colleen Thayer as their first Executive Director. As Executive more »

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A historic day for mental health!

March 10, 2018

Gov. Scott signs SB 7026 into law | March 9, 2018 This afternoon, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law SB 7026, which would make it easier for schools to identify students at risk of mental illness and intervene more quickly. The bill contained a number of controversial items including raising the age of gun purchases more »

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Young people and mental health

March 7, 2018

By Doreen Sutherland, Guest Columnist Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Posted Mar 3, 2018 at 4:45 AM The shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School weigh heavily on all our minds, in Florida and across the United States. Locally, Sarasota County has the ability to address some of the challenges related to mental illness and our at-risk youths, but more money from the more »

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NAMI Florida statement on the Parkland tragedy

February 28, 2018

Statement on violence, mental illness Feb. 22, 2018 NAMI Florida has become increasingly concerned about the recent dialogue around violence and mental illness. One in five people, including children and youth, have or will experience a mental illness. The vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent. In fact, people with mental illness more »

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Time to head upstream

February 27, 2018

By Carrie Seidman, Columnist Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Updated Feb 17, 2018 at 6:25 PM There is an oft-told parable, popularized in the 1930s and attributed to writer and community activist Saul Alinksy that goes something like this: A village is gathered by the river for a picnic. As the townspeople share food and frivolity, someone notices a baby floating downstream, struggling to more »

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