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Parkland Tragedy

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 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 ( 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.

“Bluebird” Sponsor Tribute

Thank you, thank you to all our sponsors, runners and volunteers who helped make the ” 2017 Bluebird Run for Brookie B”  such a success.   Held each year on Labor Day since 2015, this is NAMI-Tallahassee’s major local event with a focus on suicide prevention and local postvention.

A salute to our continuing Sustaining Sponsors: The Apalachee Center, Inc.; Liebenhaut Law, PLLPC; Capital Regional Medical Center; Tallahassee Democrat; Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Luminiary Sponsors:  Cumulus Tallahassee; Magellan Complete Care; NAMI-Florida; Tallahassee MagazineAdvocate Sponsors:  Darden Real Estate Company; Graphic Press; InSite Media; LamarSupporting Sponsors:  ABC Flooring Center; Cool Beanz Cafe, Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital, Florida State Guardianship Association, Hamrick Insurance Associates; Ron & Natholyn Harris; The Long Forgotten String Band: Manusa Law Firm, PA.

February 19- NAMI “Homefront” Online Class Begins – Register Now

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions.

The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/ Veteran. The class is free but you are expected to attend all six sessions.

Now offered online! We understand that attending an in-person class can be difficult for busy individuals and families. We now offer NAMI Homefront Online. Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. Audio will be via telephone line, a headset is recommended.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the following sessions by timezone:

Eastern Standard, Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 02/19/2018 – 03/26/2018
Central, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 02/19/2018 – 03/26/2018
Mountain, Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 02/22/2018 – 03/29/2018
Pacific, Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 02/19/2018 – 03/26/2018

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. All participants are screened to ensure this program is appropriate for their needs.

*All participants are screened to ensure this class is appropriate for their needs.

Call for Peer Presenters

NAMI is currently looking for:

  1. adults living in recovery or who has a family member living with a mental health condition AND
  2. young adults who are living in recovery to share their personal experience in about identifying, accepting and living with a mental health condition.

If selected you will be trained by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to present Ending the Silence, a mental health awareness classroom presentation for middle and high school age youth. This program provides youth with the unique opportunity to learn about mental health from a two-person team has lived experiences with a mental health condition. The presentation stresses early warning signs and provides resources and tools to help a person or friends/family members who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

If interested please complete the online application:  Ending the Silence Presenter Application Save