NAMI Receives Grant from Barancik Foundation
Barancik Foundation Awards Grant to NAMI
One in five adult Floridians has a mental health condition, yet the State ranks 50th in mental health funding. Regional partnership and investments are needed to identify and close gaps in support systems and backfill lagging funding for treatment programs and services.
Locally, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota County volunteers lead groups and classes offering support, education, and advocacy to individuals living with mental illness, their families and caregivers in our community. Over the last year volunteers contributed more than 4,200 hours of time serving children and families experiencing a mental disorder.
Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation recently awarded a $50,000 grant to NAMI Sarasota County to support and increase capacity in the organization. NAMI is a key partner in the Here4Youth Mental Health Initiative, a collaborative effort of public and private stakeholders across the region to build a unified system of mental health care for youth under 24 years of age. The initiative is spearheaded by Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
“This funding will enable our organization to continue ensuring we have the capacity to support the current and emerging needs for these families,” said Colleen Thayer, Executive Director of NAMI Sarasota County. “Our goal is to address gaps in the system and become an effective part of a coordinated safety net for children and families, while eliminating the stigma of mental illness.”