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NAMI Florida Statement on Parkland Tragedy

We are saddened by the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and our hearts go out to the students, families, teachers, and community affected by this tragedy. We can all agree it’s time for our state and nation to engage in much needed conversations around mental illness and protecting our youth from further tragedies.

For now, we are here to offer our support to those people experiencing grief, increased feelings of anxiety, depression, or PTSD in the aftermath of this crisis. The following resources are available:

  • NAMI has a national helpline available 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday at 1-800-950-NAMI.
  • There is also a crisis text service available at 741741. Text “NAMI.”
  • NAMI Florida’s Collier County affiliate operates a “warm Line” for individuals with a mental illness who want to speak with someone who shares personal experience coping with mental health issues. Peer operators are available daily 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. by calling 1-800-945-1355.
  • Many affiliates offer free, peer-led support groups and classes for individuals and families affected by mental illness. To find out if these programs are offered in your community, visit our website at www.namiflorida.org and click on “Local Affiliates.”
  • Our affiliates also offer referrals to local mental health resources in the community.

Members of the law enforcement community can benefit from a NAMI guide called “Preparing for the Unimaginable.” It assists law enforcement leaders in safeguarding the mental health and wellness of first responders following a tragic event. This guide was developed following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012. The guide is linked above.

NAMI Florida also has resources on its website (www.namiflorida.org) for businesses, as mental illness is the top cause for worker disability. Our website has tips to help employers approach the subject of mental health in the workplace.

NAMI Florida has been the voice for individuals and families affected by mental illness in our state for 30 years. We want to encourage students – or any individual — who experiences the signs and symptoms of mental illness to speak up and get the support they need without fear of being stigmatized.

Together, we can work toward meaningful solutions. NAMI Florida stands ready to assist.

Calendar Items:

  • Wednesday, February 7, 6-7:30pm, NAMI Connection Peer Support Group, 2626 Care Drive, see “tabbed” information below on this page.
  • Monday, February 12, 10:30am-12 noon, Big Bend Mental Health Coalition LeRoy Collins Library, 200 W. Park Avenue. Monthly Meeting – open to the public.
  • Tuesday, February 13, 7-8:00pm, NAMI Family-Support Group, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 211 N. Monroe Street, see “tabbed” information below on this page.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 6-7:30pm, NAMI Connection Peer Support Group, 2626 Care Drive, see “tabbed” information below on this page.
  • Monday, February 19, 7:00pm.  Statewide candlelight vigil honoring and remembering the victims of the tragic shooting at Majorie Stoneman Douglas High School. Tallahassee Centre ( old Tallahassee Mall) at the School for Arts & Sciences.  The first wave of Parkland students plan to arrive in time to attend that vigil.  Event sponsored by the Florida PTA. 
  • Mondays, Beginning February 19, 6:30-8:30pm.  Homefront, A free on-line education course to help families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery. Link here for registration information>
  • Tuesday, February 20, 7:45 pm, Stoneman Douglas HIgh Shcool Students Welcome, Leon High School Cafeteria.  Second wave of Parkland students arrival to advocate for gun control with Florida legislators.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 6:00 pm, NAMI-Tallahassee Board of Directors.  Offices of Liebenhaut Law, 2425 Torreya Drive. Members welcome.
  • Wednesday, February 21, 6-7:30pm, NAMI Connection Peer Support Group, 2626 Care Drive, see “tabbed” information below on this page.
  • Wednesday, February 28, 6-7:30pm, NAMI Connection Peer Support Group, 2626 Care Drive, see “tabbed” information below on this page.

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What Brings Family & Friends to NAMI-Tallahassee Support Group?

  • Concerns about the behavior of those we love
  • Concerns about suicidal thoughts or panic attacks
  • Questions about what resources are available
  • Concerns about whether or not we appropriately handle various situations involving our loved ones

NAMI-Tallahassee has long offered a monthly support group which meets at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The group is lead by trained facilitators who provide an atmosphere of respect and protection. It is designed for families and friends.

  • WHEN:  2nd Tuesdays of each month – 7 to 8 pm
  • WHERE:  St. John’s Episcopal Church
    211 N. Monroe Street, Tallahassee
    Room – Cobb Library (off the courtyard)
    Use back entrance of the church, entering from N. Calhoun Street

Additional Mental Health Resources in Leon County are available through an online database maintained by the Florida State University College of Medicine’s Department of Behavorial Sciences and Social Medicine.

We’ve recently discovered a poster that we really like from NAMI National’s Blog page and felt you might find it helpful. Take a look. Click once on the image to enlarge.

NAMI’s Connection peer support group has expanded its schedule.  This Recovery and Resiliency based support group is for PEERS only – facilitated by peers and focused on peers.

  • WHEN:  Wednesday nights (except major holidays) – 6 to 7:30 pm.  Check the calendar listing at the top of this homepage to verify dates
  • WHERE:  2626 Care Drive, Room #109, Skills Lab, lobby level on left, Tallahassee (Click on map to enlarge)
    Care Drive runs down the north side of the Capital Regional Medical Center main campus; the group will meet in the small building behind the hospital, with the entrance accessed from Care Drive.

There is plenty of free parking in a secure location, not far from a convenient bus stop. No registration is necessary – just come join us!

For additional information, email connectiontallahassee@gmail.com.

NAMI Tallahassee continues its monthly Family Support Group on second Tuesdays at St John’s Episcopal Church.

NAMI-Tallahassee maintains a voice-mail help-line at 850.841.3386. Messages are returned by volunteers who offer compassionate guidance, empathy and understanding.

The help-line does NOT offer counseling or therapy, nor do our volunteers provide individual advocacy or professional advice.

If you are in an emergency situation, refer to the Crisis section on this page.

Additional Mental Health Resources in Leon County are available through an online database maintained by the Florida State University College of Medicine’s Department of Behavorial Sciences and Social Medicine.

Across the country, trained NAMI volunteers bring peer-led presentations to a wide variety of community settings, from churches to schools. With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these programs provide outstanding free education, advocacy and support.

NAMI-Tallahassee offers the following NAMI signature presentations:  Ending the Silence and Sharing Hope as well as in-service programs for local providers.

Link here to find out more about the presentations listed above, request a representative for a tabling event or simply submit a request for brochures.  Please submit requests four weeks prior to your event date to ensure a volunteer can be scheduled.