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.