Welcome to NAMI Pinellas County, Florida
Serving Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, Seminole, Tarpon Springs and the beaches.
The mailing address for NAMI Pinellas County is:
P.O. Box 12773, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-2773
Visit this website often for program updates and Special Events information.
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
NAMI programs are free and open to the general public.
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At our Education Meeting on July 10, 2014, 7:00 p.m. we will have Dinner and a Movie!
Join NAMI Pinellas July 10th at 7:00 PM at Suncoast Hospice for a free screening of the documentary Out of the Shadow which Susan Smiley filmed about her mother who lives with Schizophrenia. In honor of Independence Day, this month we will show this film about the difficulties of living independently with serious mental illness. The film follows Millie Smiley through hospitals and difficult living situations, within a system that does not provide adequate care for the severely mentally ill
This NAMI website describes the film
Following the film, NAMI Board member Jennifer Robinson will speak about living with Schizophrenia and the challenges one faces with living arrangements, homelessness, and successfully living independently. She is the author of a graphic novel called Episodes of Schizophrenia and is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree.
We will serve free refreshments provided by Banquet Masters, during the screening
2nd Thursday each month
Location: Suncoast Hospice
Mary Labyak Community Center
5771 Roosevelt Blvd,
IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP:
THURSDAY, July 17th, NAMI Family Support Group begins 7:00pm, Suncoast Hospice, Building 100, 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater.
This monthly meeting is for caregivers of individuals with a mental illness. Family members can talk about their challenges and help each other through their learned wisdom.
Tarpon Family Support Group Meeting
First Thursday of the Month
at 4:00 p.m.
Suncoast Center (Next to Comps N Kids)
545 East Harrison Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
|THURSDAY, July 3rd begins 4:00pm, Suncoast Center, 545 East Harrison Street, Tarpon Springs. |
Clearwater Family Support Group Meeting
Third Thursday of the Month
at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Labyak Community Center
NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
Every Monday at 6:30 pm
Mary Labyak Community Center
Free 10-session course taught by individuals with mental illness trained as NAMI mentors.
There is no charge for this course; however, participants must pre-register.
Call 727-826-0807 for more information.
12-session course taught by
trained NAMI family members.
Next classes will be in the Fall 2014.
It is not too late to register
Call Stacy at
Our very special friends with the National Non-Profit for Americans with Disabilities and The Guardian Trust have renewed their pledge as a Community Partner with an additional $10,000 commitment to NAMI Pinellas County, Florida.
Their continuing commitment to helping individuals with mental illness is admirable and demonstrates their allegiance to the NAMI vision. THANK YOU from all of us at NAMI Pinellas!!!!! Click here to read announcement
WINDMOOR HEALTHCARE--NAMI's FIRST COMMUNITY PARTNER
Windmoor Healthcare of Clearwater renews their commitment as Community Partner with a $10,000 commitment to support NAMIís education, support and advocacy.
Click here to read announcement.
Van Gogh's Palette--Vincent House
Directions for Living
Gulfcoast Jewish Family and Community Services
PROVIDER SUPPORT OF NAMINAMI Pinellas thanks the following local providers for their generous financial support:
Central Florida Behavioral Health
Need a little extra support this month from someone who has been through similar issues that you face? Call the NAMI Pinellas CONSUMER HELP LINE AT 727-600-5838 to speak directly to a local person with a mental illness who is a member of NAMI. NEW CONSUMER PHONE NUMBER: 727-600-5838.
NAMI DVD video coming soon (we hope)
WHAT IS NAMI?
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.
Founded in 1979, NAMI is a national organization and has become the nation's voice on mental illness. NAMI includes affiliates in every state and more than 1,100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through support, advocacy, education, and research.
NAMI Pinellas County, Florida, Inc. was established in 1986 and we celebrated our 25th Anniversary in 2011. We currently have about 300 members who are individuals with mental illness and others affected by mental illness, such as familiy members and service providers. We are affiliated with NAMI Florida, Inc., an organization that includes more than 30 local affiliates with 2,000 members across the state of Florida, as well as with NAMI National.
Mental illness affects one in four families, striking persons from all walks of life, regardless of age, race income, religion or education. If untreated, biologically based brain disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder can profoundly disrupt a person's ability to think, feel and relate to others and their environment.
NAMI Members Promote Advocacy for:
- Effective professional treatment
- Programs and legislation which assist persons with mental illness
- Community awareness and removal of the stigma
- Recommendations for services in the mental health system
- Consumer representation on boards and organizations
- Increased funding for research
- Adequate health insurance for persons with Mental Illness
- Affordable housing
- Rehabilitation and social skills
- JUSTICE within the Criminal Justice System
NAMI believes there has to be:
- MORE UNDERSTANDING
- MORE IMPROVEMENT
- MORE VOICES TO SHOUT LOUDER
- WE NEED PEOPLE TO LISTEN!
NAMI IS HERE TO HELP GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS
Windmoor Announcement (PDF File)
Guardian Trust Article (PDF File)
Guardian Trust Article 2 (PDF File)
Windmoore Article (PDF File)