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Board of Directors Meetings 2014
2014 Planning Meeting
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Florida Council of Community Health, Main House, 316 E. Park Ave.

Board of Directors Meetings
2014 meetings are posted below.

March 11, St. John's Episcopal Church, 6:00 pm April 1, Apalachee Center, Building J, 6:00 pm September 9, Conference call
Oct. 7, Hancock Bank, 2453 Mahan Dr., 6pm Nov. 4,Hancock Bank,2453 Mahan Dr., 6pm Dec. 9, Gen. Membership, 6pm
Holiday Dinner

NAMI Basics:
NAMI Basics is a free, six-session, peer-directed education program developed specifically for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental illness or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. A separate series of the six sessions is available to professional caregivers. Connect to this video link regarding the course. 

To register, please complete the online registration form linked here or for more information, email Register early as the class is capped at 20 attendees (each).

The inaugural class was held January 2014.  All teachers are volunteer and the classes are subject to their schedules. We are currently accepting applications to attend the 2015 course. 

Once your application is received, you will be contacted to determine if the course is appropriate for your needs. When we have enough participants classes will be scheduled. Family caregiver classes will meet 6 consecutive weeks for 2 1/2 hours. Professional caregivers will meet on 3 consecutive Saturdays for morning and afternoon sessions with a lunch break in between sessions.

  • Dates for Professional Caregivers: Feb 21, Feb 28 and Mar 7, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Location: TBD

    Dates for Parents and other Caregivers: TBD
    Location: TBD

July Social: Celebrating the July 4th week-end with DBSA
Sunday, July 6th from 2 to 6 pm.  Wakulla Springs State Park

Once again NAMI-Tallahassee will join with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) to celebrate the 4th at Wakulla Springs.  Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.  For additional information and to RSVP call Mary Alice Linzy at 850.942.6426. Link here to download the flyer.

CIT Training (Crisis Intervention Training) - Two classes held in 2014

Recent Graduation Class 

A 40-hour training program for law enforcement officers in the Big Bend area.  CIT is sponsored by the Tallahassee Police Department, the Leon County Office of Court Administration and NAMI-Tallahassee.  Crisis Intervention Teams provide a police based response to persons experiencing a mental health emergency.

Thank you to Magellan Health Care for their assistance in underwriting the cost of this program and Appalachee Center for providing classroom space. 

Family-to-Family 12-week Education Program
Enrollment open for 2015.  Date to be determined. 
Link to  Local Programs navigation tab to register for future classes.

Sunday, September 21, 5:00pm
NAMI "Social":  Rocks in My Pocket
All Saints Cinema, 918 1/2 Railroad Ave

NAMI-Tallahassee is pleased to offer a limited block of free tickets to attend the film, Rocks in my Pocket, an animated film showcasing five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in a family and their battles with depression. Rated exceptionally well by Variety, the New York Times and USA Today, we invite you to explore the film's trailer and website.  This timely film coincides with both National Recovery Month and National Suicide Month.  Register here for free tickets.

Mental Health Awareness Month: Always in October, established by the US Congress in 1990.

NAMI Smarts Advocacy Training
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 4:30 pm
Free, but registration is encouraged
Wellness Center, Room 2500, 960 Learning Way, FSU Campus

Take this opportunity to prepare to participate in the 2015 Behavioral Health Day and learn to advocate for local issues. Smarts is a NAMI Signature training program designed to facilitate conversations with key government contacts and legislators.  Modules 1 and 3 will be taught by Dr. Sandra Van Pelt of Orlando on October 25th and is sponsored by NAMI-Tallahassee and NAMI on Campus at FSU.

The curriculum will focus on the following material: Family member stories; peer stories; stories of loss; 7 steps to telling your story; practice sheets; feedback; common salutations; how to contact elected officials and orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official.

Link to the online form to register or call 850.544-4522. Additional information on the Smarts program is linked here. Parking is available near the Center. Link to map

 Sat., October 25, 2014-9:30am-4pm
"The 2014 Gathering" - Big Bend Mental Health Peer/Family/Advocate Conference
TCC Capitol Center, 300 W. Pensacola St.

ImageThe conference is free, but advance registration is encouraged to ensure lunch availability.
LINK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE. . . To view the full program, click on the conference graphic on the left.

The 2014 Gathering is a free full-day education and dialogue about mental illness for individuals, families and friends. Conference organizers have designed a program which includes topics such as: accessing resources from local providers; self-advocacy; obtaining government benefits; advance directives; affordable housing; and many more. Conference facilitators include mental health and legal professionals, representatives from the FSU College of Medicine, peers and advocates.

Holiday Party and Annual Membership Meeting/Potluck
December 9, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
St. Stephen Luthern Church, Meridian Road

The annual holiday party provides our members a chance to meet new members, visit old friends and recognize the hard work of our outgoing Board Members and Committee volunteers.  The main entree and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a side dish of veggies, salad or dessert to share with others. 

We also elect officers for the coming year. The affiliate always needs volunteers to chair and be members of the Standing Committees.  We invite all members to participate in all Board meetings, and hope you will volunteer to work on one or more of the committees.  If everyone gives a small portion of their time to help, NAMI Tallahassee can be a more effective voice for mental health in our community.

We have valuable services to offer our community as well as a need to continue to support local, state and national advocacy issues.  We are fortunate to have people like you that continue to offer their wisdom, expertise, time, enthusiasm and support.  We look forward to seeing you!

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