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NAMI Pinellas County Inc
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
During the implementation of our new membership system, some renewal dates were lost. If you identify an error when you receive a membership renewal invoice, please call Joel weekday mornings at 727-328-2721. We apologise for any inconvenience. Thanks for understanding!
Visit this website regularly for updates about our programs and information about Special Events. Be on the look-out for more information about our annual FALL FESITIVAL/PICNIC in October and SANTA BOWL--Sponsored by Windmoor Healthcare in December!
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
NAMI programs are free and open to the general public.
2nd Thursday each month
Location: Suncoast Hospice
5771 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater
June 13, 2013--7 pm
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION
"In Our Own Voices"
Family members discuss how NAMI has helped them cope with mental illness issues with their loved ones.
Free 10-session course taught by individuals with mental illness trained by NAMI as Mentors.
The next community class begins
Saturday, June 1st from noon-2:30 p.m. at Windmoor Healthcare of Clearwater. There is no charge for this course; however, participants must pre-register. Call 727-600-5838 for more information.
Family Support Group Meeting
Third Thursday of the Month
at 7:00 p.m.
The Gathering Place at the
Mary Labyak Community Center
NAMI Connection Consumer Support Group
Every Monday at 6:30 pm
Mary Labyak Community Center
12-session course taught by
trained NAMI family members.
Next Class: SPRING 2013
Call Cathy at
SPRING GALA HUGE SUCCESS!!!
The NAMI Pinellas Spring Gala was truly a Red Carpet Affair in May! Thanks to all our sponsors for recognizing the importance of NAMI's mission:
WTSP-TV; CROWN AUTO; TAMPA BAY TIMES; WINDMOOR HEALTHCARE OF CLEARWATER; and PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
VINCENT HOUSE; LYNN HENSLEY; JUDY AND DONALD TURNBAUGH; AJAX PAVING; CENTRAL ALF; MITCH AND HEATHER KESSLER; AMERICA II COMMUNICATIONS; DR. AJOY AND JANE KUMAR; AND J'S WHOLESALE H20 DISTRIBUTORS
Hydrologic; Largo Medical Center; Armourtech Windows; Anne and John Jones and Family; Beisel Plumbing; Dr. Karl and Joanne Jones; Professional Healthcare; and Advanced Rehab & Health Center
Shari Clark; Senior Helpers; Aron Electric; R.J.Owens Roofing; Ascentia Home Health; Accurate Construction; Joel
Ogburn at Salon Lofts; Gay Hawk & Bonnie Hill.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
OUR EMCEE ELLIOTT STEELE; KEYNOTE SPEAKER ROBERT DILLINGER and to:
Banquet Masters; Park Auto Mall; Century Printing; J. Baldwin Floral; Expert Productions; Davant Photography; Southern Wine and Spirits; Gulf Coast Event and Party Rental.
IN MEMORY OF NANCY DURSTEIN
All of us at NAMI Pinellas County mourn the passing of our dear friend Nancy Durstein, who played a vital role in the development of our organization. She coordinated our education program Breaking the Silence at middle and high schools, worked tirelessly as a volunteer at many of our events through the years, and coordinated the NAMI Pinellas Helpline with her husband Richard.
The Guardian Trust renews pledge as a Community Partner for a third year with an additional $10,000 commitment to NAMI Pinellas County, Florida.
Click here to read announcement
WINDMOOR HEALTHCARE--NAMI's FIRST COMMUNITY PARTNER
Windmoor Healthcare of Clearwater renews their commitment as Community Partner for a fourth year with a $10,000 commitment to support NAMI’s education, support and advocacy.
Click here to read announcement.
PROVIDER SUPPORT OF NAMI
NAMI Pinellas thanks the following local providers for their generous financial support:
Central Florida Behavioral Health
Van Gogh's Palette--Vincent House
Directions for Living
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 700-600-5838 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
News Release on new Executive Director (PDF File)
Sunset Stroll and Chocolate Extravaganza Sponsors and Participants (PDF File)
Windmoor Announcement (PDF File)
Guardian Trust Article (PDF File)
Guardian Trust Article 2 (PDF File)
Windmoore Article (PDF File)