NAMI Marion County E-Newsletter
Volume 1 Issue 11 December 2018
NAMI Marion County, P.O. Box 5753, Ocala, Florida 34478-5753
(352) 368-2405 www.namiocala.org
November accomplishments - December plans!
Mental Wellness Screenings:
Two sites were scheduled in November and there is an upcoming Mental Wellness Now: Help & Hope screening scheduled at the Hope Outreach Help Center at 18350 North US Highway 301, Citra 32113 on Thursday, December 6th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Adult mental wellness screenings are free. If you or someone you know might need help, please come to this event. No appointment is necessary and confidentiality is assured.

Voting for NAMI Board Members:
NAMI Marion County members continued to turn in ballots during November to elect the 2019 Board of Directors. The votes will be tallied and announced at the December 11th board meeting. All members are invited. The meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. at the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County, 2300 SW 17th Road, Ocala. New board members will start in January 2019.

Family-to-Family Education Program teacher training:
We trained new teachers for this program which will enable us to increase the availability of these classes. The F2F program helps family members get the education, resources and information they need to help their loved ones affected by mental illness.

Support Group Meetings:
  • Family Support Group meetings continued at First United Methodist Church, 1126 East Silver Springs Blvd., on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Building D, Room 17 (off the courtyard). Also available are Family Support Group meetings at St. Timothy's RC Church in Lady Lake at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of every month.

  • Connection Recovery Support Group meetings are also on the first and third Tuesday of each month at First United Methodist Church (address above) at 2 p.m. A new addition to the group is that after the support group meeting ends at about 3-3:30 p.m. it becomes game time! Planned for 2019 is a separate game night - details to follow.

Lunch & Learn in 2019!
NAMI Marion County in cooperation with the Marion County Mental Wellness Coalition and sponsored by WellCare Health Plans will be offering monthly lunch meetings to discuss mental health-related topics! More info to follow.
NAMI MARION COUNTY APPRECIATES THE SUPPORT OF:
Are you responsible for planning your group's monthly programs? NAMI has speakers available!
NAMI Marion County has speakers available to discuss various aspects of mental health and community resources. Call us at (352) 368-2405 or send an e-mail info@namiocala.org
Invite us to your next event!
Mental Wellness Now will provide free mental wellness screenings as part of health-related events in the outlying areas of Marion County. If you know of an upcoming event, please contact Gerry at executivedirector@namiocala.org
Remembrance ceremony at The Centers on December 7t h
The Centers, in partnership with NAMI Marion County will be recognizing the life of service of Royal J. Comeau , Veteran of the United State Air Force and the US Coast Guard. With the support of his wife of 31 years, Dorothy Conway Comeau (a Vice President on the NAMI Marion County Board of Directors), the Centers will be laying a brick in honor of Mr. Comeau who passed away in 2011. Dedicated by Dorothy Conway Comeau, a brick will be laid in remembrance of Mr. Comeau and the Marion County Honor Guard will be rendering honor for their comrade.
Please join us to recognize Royal J. Comeau on Friday, Dec. 7 at noon at The Centers, 5664 SW 60th Ave. Ocala, FL 34474 .
  • Donate money
  • Donate a brick
  • Donate a slab
  • Donate a bench
  • Donate a car
  • Donate a building
L o o k i n g f o r a h o l i d a y g i f t i d e a ?
Honor a loved one and support NAMI's mission at the same time!
The holidays are coming. Unfortunately, not all of our loved ones will be celebrating with us. You can still remember them at that time. Donate in memoriam to someone dear to you. * A brick can be embossed with the wording of your choice and placed at The Centers. * A Granite Recognition slab can include a logo or artwork making this a special way to show your support. * Memorial benches are available with a brass plaque for your special engraving requests. Ask for more information and pricing or visit namiocala.org/Dedication-Opportunities/
An easy way to donate!
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Choose NAMI Marion County as your designated charity and donate every time you buy from Amazon!
Just go to smile.amazon.com

Click on the drop down menu for selecting the charity of choice.
NAMI Homefront is a free, online six-session class for NAMI members who are family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans.

USE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO REGISTER*
  *All participants are screened to ensure this class is appropriate for their needs.
JOIN NAMI!
Membership fees are $40 individual, $60 household, or open door membership is $5. Visit our website to keep up-to-date on NAMi services and activities, and to join, update or renew your membership at www.namiocala.org 
Volunteers needed and appreciated!

As we outlined above, there are many programs that require the assistance of volunteers. You must be a NAMI member to become a volunteer.

Mental health is a serious problem in our community and the world. Be part of the solution. Please consider volunteering with NAMI Marion County. You will receive the intrinsic value of knowing you're helping your community while also receiving a very attractive t-shirt! Visit our website at http://namiocala.org/volunteer/