It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week!
Nearly 3 million Floridians are living with a mental health condition. This Mental Illness Awareness Week, we want to remind you that we are all a part of NAMI Florida and must continue striving to end the stigma every chance we have. NAMI Florida remains dedicated to spreading awareness and providing resources for all.
- Enlisting the help of dedicated peers to lead and organize workshops and webinars.
- Offering training, direct service opportunities, ongoing coaching, and supervision to support pathways to certification as a Recovery Peer Specialist through Peers in Project Training. Click below to learn more.
Youth and Young Adult Mental Health
- Removing the barriers to care for youth and young adults.
- Reducing future costs through early detection, prevention, and increasing positive outcomes for youth and their families.
Workplace Mental Health
- Creating sustainable and scalable support services to provide training and resources to business leaders and employees.
- Rolling out ‘Recovery-Friendly Workplace’ programs to ensure Florida businesses have practices in place for those in recovery.
We believe that mental health conditions are important to discuss all year, but Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice. In 1990, Congress officially established the first full week of October as MIAW in recognition of NAMI’s efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since then, each year advocates have worked together to sponsor activities, large or small, to educate the public about mental illness.
How To Engage Online with MIAW
- Promote NAMI Support Groups in your area
- Your Local NAMI Affiliate has a number of support groups and programs. Click HERE to find your affiliate and learn more about their programs in order to promote within your networks
- Promote the NAMI Teen and Young Adult Helpline
- NAMI is proud to introduce the Teen & Young Adult (T&YA) HelpLine: A free nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals, and support to teens and young adults.
- Our T&YA Specialists are young people who understand what you’re going through because they have been through stuff, too. They are experienced and well-trained. They care and want to help you find a way forward. Reach out by phone, text, or chat.
- NAMI Florida partners with Florida Mental Health Advocacy Coalition to address legislative priorities.
- Join NAMI Florida and FLMHAC for Behavioral Health Day at the Capitol
- October 18th
- Click HERE to sign up for advocacy alerts.
- Take NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Training
- October 23rd, 2023 | 9 a.m.Register HERE
NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza
NAMI Florida is thrilled to announce our Hispanic Heritage Month webinar series, NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza sponsored by Molina Healthcare. Join us for impactful webinars led by NAMI Member, Celia Morales.
NAMI Florida se complace en anunciar nuestra serie de webinars en honor al Mes de la Herencia Hispana, NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza patrocinado por Molina Healthcare. Únete a nosotros para tres impactantes webinars dirigidos por la miembro de NAMI, Celia Morales.
¡Haz clic en el enlace para unirte!
NAMI Homefront is a FREE 6-session educational program dedicated to supporting families, caregivers, and friends of military service members and veterans facing mental health conditions.
This program is designed to meet the unique needs of those who have served or are currently serving our country.
What You’ll Gain: You’ll learn invaluable skills like self-care and stress management, compassionate support for your loved ones, accessing essential services, staying informed on the latest mental health research, and much more.
When: October 23rd- December 4th: Monday afternoons | 2-4pm EST
November 1st- December 13th: Wednesday evenings | 7-9pm EST
Enroll now as the next session is coming quickly!
Click below to join:
Sharing Hope: The Conversation Continues
Sharing Hope: The Conversation Continues is a safe space to discuss the cultural and unique challenges facing those of Black/African Ancestry dealing with Mental Health conditions.
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Host: Dr. Twanna House, NAMI FaithNet Program Director, NAMI Pensacola
Special Guest: Monique Darnell, LPC, LMHC and CEO, MRD&CA Solutions
Click below to register!
Whole-health Support from Sunshine Health
Focusing on your loved one’s mental health is difficult when you’re juggling daily pressures, such as paying rent, filling up your gas tank, putting dinner on the table and more.
Sunshine Health partners with more than 600 community-based groups statewide that can help find food, affordable housing, job training programs and more. These resources can be easily found on Sunshine Health’s Community Resource Database, an online directory of organizations that are available to assist anyone who needs it.
These resources are for everyone. Remember, it’s OK to ask for help. Sunshine Health’s Community Resource Database is a good place to start.
Experiencing a Behavioral Health Crisis? Visit the Sunshine Health website to learn more about What to Do in a Mental Health Crisis.
Prefer in-person help? Sunshine Health has 11 Welcome Rooms open to everyone – not just members – across the state. Check with an Office Coordinator at a location near you for help finding social services, peer-to-peer support groups and more.
For more information about Sunshine Health, visit SunshineHealth.com or follow them on LinkedIn or Facebook and Twitter @SunHealthFL.