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Family-to-Family – Begins August 22, 2017 – Register Now

Education, Events, Family-to-Family, Support|

Accepting registration for Family-to-Family 2017
Twelve consecutive weeks – the spring class closed.  Register now to ensure space for the fall class, classes are capped at 25 and fill up soon.

Two classes in 2017

 Class #1 Dates: Thursdays, March 2 through May 11, (Completed)
Location: Apalachee Center
Building J, Education/Conference Room
2634 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Class #2 Dates: Tuesdays, August 22 through November 12 (Open)
Location: Capital Regional Medical Center
2626 Capital Medical Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32308

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. To register and for more information>

2017 Bluebird Run – Labor Day, September 4

Bluebird Run, Education, Events, Support|

Bluebird Run for “Brookie B” – Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2017

The official Bluebird Run website is
Link to it for complete information regarding the event:  updates, registration, course information, sponsor recognition, shirt orders and run results.

Event History:
NAMI-Tallahassee held the Inaugural Bluebird Run for Brookie B. on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015.  The event, a 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk for suicide awareness, prevention and postvention exceeded our expectations — raising over $23,000. Over 350 runners and walkers traversed the brand new courses at JR Alford Greenway and the Lafayette Heritage Trail. This is more than double what the NAMI Tallahassee organizers originally anticipated.

The Bluebird Run scheduled for Monday, September 5, 2016 was cancelled due to conditions at JR Alford Greenway following Hurricane Hermine. We regret that we were unable to find an appropriate date to reschedule.  Too many other quality events and worthy causes were already scheduled for the remainder of the year – events deserving our support and yours.

Where the Money Goes:
Funds raised are being used to bring suicide prevention and intervention trainings to our area plus what is known as *“postvention” – that is, support for the grief-stricken survivors of suicide loss.

On January 25, 2017, Bluebird funds brought in Dr. Frank Campbell, founder of the LOSS Team concept.  For more information on postvention and local efforts on bringing a Suicide LOSS Team to Tallahassee, refer to an “Overview of Loss Teams,” by Dr. Frank Campbell or visit our LOSS Team webpage regarding the Campbell event.

Funding also enabled two mental health professionals of the LOSS Team of The Big Bend, to attend the April 2017 National LOSS Team Conference.  The theme of the conference was “Strength in Numbers: Engaging the Community in Suicide Postvention.”  It provided an opportunity for mental health professionals, first responders, school counselors, suicide loss survivors, LOSS Team members, and others from the community to learn more about suicide postvention.   The LOSS Team of the Big Bend meets regularly and can be reached for additional information by contacting

Thank you to the many individuals who helped to make this event a great success, Many thanks to all you Bluebirds!

Bluebird Run for Brookie B
Organized by NAMI Tallahassee

Suicides in Leon County:
In 2015, there were 12 homicides in Leon County. There were 33 suicides. In the six-county area comprising Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties, there were 19 homicides and 50 suicides. In 2014 for the state of Florida, there were over 11,000 discrete emergency room visits by citizens who had attempted suicide. Yet – we still don’t talk about suicide.

Brook Bowers ended her life on January 13, 2012. She was 31 years old and diagnosed with depression and borderline personality disorder. As we remember Brook and other families, we need YOUR help to educate our community about mental illness and suicide. Come run, walk or volunteer to help our Bluebird Run be successful for years to come.

Community Support and Response:
NAMI Tallahassee along with our sustaining partners, the Apalachee Center, Capital Regional Behavioral Health Center, Liebenhaut Law and the Tallahassee Democrat, are determined to begin a community conversation about suicide. Our gratitude to the following sponsors and donors for assisting in this effort:

Listen to us on WFSU-FM 88.9:

September 9, 2016: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. The reasons so many people kill themselves and the latest tools and therapies to address the issue: FSU College of Medicine Clinical Psychologist Dr. Heather Flynn; former NAMI-Tallahassee President and suicide survivor Mary Bowers; and Dr. John Bailey from TMS Health Care.

Click image to access interview.

August 13, 2015 : Talking about suicide, its victims and survivors, are Mary Bowers whose daughter Brook took her own life in 2012 and Nancy O’Farrell (both affiliated with NAMI Tallahassee), along with Lee’s Place Founder Brenda Rabalais and Pam Mezzina with Big Bend Hospice.


Click image to access interview.

“Basics” class – Begins Sept. 9 – Register Now

Basics, Education, Events, Support|




Accepting registration for Basics Parents and Family Caregivers class

NAMI Basics is offered for parents and caregivers of children ages 5-17 who are struggling with behavioral health problems – no diagnosis is required. Based on NAMI’s signature Family-to-Family program, Basics offers families strategies for dealing with friends, classmates, and school personnel. Led by instructors who have dealt with their own children in similar situations, NAMI Basics adheres to the NAMI model of peer-led instruction. Classes begin September 9 and run for six weeks. No charge; all materials supplied.

September 9 – October 14, 2017
Six consecutive weeks – Saturdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Location: Whole Child Leon, 1124 Lee Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32303.

 Link here to register and for additional information.






2017 LOSS Team Conference

Education, Events|

Active Suicide Postvention:  It’s about time! – Held January 25-26, 2017

LOSS Team shortens the time between the suicide and the time when survivors find the help they need.  Tallahassee’s first Active Postvention Workshop & LOSS Team Training was held January 25-26, 2017 at Tallahassee Community College. During this two-day workshop attendees learned about the Active Postvention Model from Dr. Frank Campbell and its impact for survivors of suicide.

The numbers are significant — much higher than homicide rates.

For a complete sortable listing of Florida’s suicide statistics by year, County, age group and rates, refer to Florida Charts.  The statistics are prepared and maintained by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Listen to a Tom Flannigan’s “Perspective” inteview on WFSU radio station FM99.8 promoting the conference.  The December 15 interview includes keynote speaker and nationally recognized expert on suicide prevention Dr. Frank Campbell; Mary Bowers with NAMI Tallahassee; Apalachee Center President and CEO Jay Reeve; and Tallahassee Community College Chief of Police Chris Summers.

Education credit:  The two-day workshop was approved for and offered 11 contact hours. CEs  provided by NASW-FL, BAP-321, Exp. 03/17 and FL Board of Nursing, provider #50-3049.  For CJST credit contact your law enforcement agency.

Day 1: Community Active Postvention Workshop
Learn about the effects a traumatic event/loss has on the survivors and the benefits of having an active postvention community.
Everyone in the surrounding Tallahassee community is invited.

Day 2: LOSS Team Training
Attendees are highly encouraged to attend the Day 1 Workshop.
The LOSS Team Training is directed toward volunteers interested in learning how to start a LOSS Team in their community and what being a LOSS Team member entails. Mental health professionals and other stakeholders are invited to discuss ways to build the capacity for LOSS Team and how to be an integral part of the community’s suicide postvention delivery system and further LOSS Team plans.

Dr. Frank R. Campbell is an expert suicidologist. After his more than twenty years of working with those bereaved by suicide he introduced his Active Postvention Model (APM) most commonly known as the LOSS Team (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors). The goal of APM is to let survivors of suicide know that resources exist as soon as possible following the death to help them cope with their devastating loss. His work with survivors and victims of trauma has been featured in three Discovery channel documentaries. His model has been replicated across the US and around the world.  In 1997, Dr. Campbell was honored as Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers of Louisiana.


Related Links

Thursday, December 15, 11am – Perspectives with Tom Flanigan WFSU-FM(88.9), Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team, with Frank R. Campbell, PhD, LCSW, CT.,  WFSU-FM link>

•  Conference Flyer

•  Conference Packet:
Continuing Education, Conference Summaries, Educational Objectives, Conference Agendas, Registration, Frequently Asked Questions, and Contact Information.

•  Location Information:

TCC Campus Map Detail – Student Union

In Appreciation:

Thank you to the many volunteers who assisted to make this a successful event.  This event is underwritten from revenue generated by the sponsors of the Bluebird Run for Brookie B.