NAMI Tallahassee is the local affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) serving Leon and surrounding counties. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s leading voice on mental illness. NAMI includes over 1,200 affiliates in every state who join together to meet the NAMI mission through support, advocacy, education, and research for people with mental illness, their families and friends.
The affiliate is supportive of local efforts and seeks to publicize information deemed supportive of our mental health community through this website. Without staff or office space, NAMI-Tallahassee continues to serve our community through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers.
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.
The 2014 Gathering is a free full-day program focusing on wellness, advocacy and relationships. Conference facilitators include mental health and legal professionals, representatives from the FSU College of Medicine, peers and advocates. 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. All sessions are appropriate for those who live with an illness as well as their families and other loved ones. There will be helpful tips and encouraging stories of recovery and wellness offered by both peers and family members. Organized by the Big Bend Mental Health Coalition; Depression and Bipolar Alliance (DBSA); FSU Medical School, Department of Behavioral Science and Social Medicine; NAMI-Tallahassee; The Outlet and the Tallahassee Peer Leadership Group. We gratefully acknowledge the following financial supporters: Florida State University Medical School, Magellan Complete Care and NAMI-Tallahassee.
Keynote Speaker: Sandra Van Pelt was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1981 and experienced a second major episode in 2003. Because her brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia, she also understands the family member’s perspective. She has a Masters Degree in Education from Texas A & M and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Mississippi, and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Belhaven University Orlando. An active member of the Greater Orlando NAMI affiliate, she is certified State Trainer for NAMI Smarts for Advocacy.
Online Registration will be posted in September, along with the full program on the homepage of this website.
P.O. Box 14842
Tallahassee, FL 32317
Phone: 850.841.3386 (voice-mail)