NAMI Receives Generous Donation from Suncoast Credit Union
Suncoast Credit Union, Florida’s largest credit union, recently donated $15,000 to NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties and 10 other NAMI affiliates throughout Florida who have seen increased needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mental health has been significantly impacted by COVID-19 with an increase in fear, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed. Social distancing can make people feel isolated and lonely, adding to the problem. In a survey taken between October 28 and November 9 by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than one in four Americans reported feeling anxious more than half of the previous seven days. Nearly 30% of Floridians reported feeling anxious at least half of the time – more than the national average of 27.5%.
Locally, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) affiliate serving Sarasota and Manatee Counties has seen an increase in requests for all services and resources – for individuals, families, businesses and community partners.
“We are grateful for the donation from Suncoast Credit Union during these very uncertain times,” said Colleen Thayer, executive director of NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties. “COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of so many individuals and families in our community, state, and nationwide. With support like this, we are able to continue to offer free and confidential mental health support and education to those in need.”
“COVID-19 has had serious implications on mental health throughout our nation, with research showing impact on individuals and relationships. We feel a moral obligation to support this serious issue,” said Suncoast Credit Union President & CEO Kevin Johnson. “This year has brought real struggles, challenges, and loss for so many, and we are committed to lifting our communities up and providing support for those who need it.”