NAMI Marion County E-Newsletter
V olume 2 Issue 3 ------- March 2019
NAMI Marion County, P.O. Box 5753, Ocala, Florida 34478-5753
(352) 368-2405

N AMI Marion County Around Town
NAMI Marion County was pleased to sponsor and participate in the 2019 Faith & Mental Health Conference at St. Leo's University. We had an opportunity to showcase our FaithNet initiative. Faith-based organizations and mental health counselors attended.

Our presentation was on Bridges of Hope - how NAMI and your faith can both be bridges to recovery .

FaithNet was featured at the February 21st Lunch & Learn meeting. This series of monthly meetings focuses on mental health issues and is sponsored by NAMI Marion County, Marion County Mental Wellness Coalition and WellCare.

More information on FaithNet and the Lunch & Learn Series is included later in this newsletter.
Do you know what to do during times of crisis or a disaster? NAMI Marion County was at the Disaster Preparedness Expo to help people with mental illness be prepared.

For more information in disaster preparedness go to: Disaster and Emergency Resources
New initiatives! New Programs! New You!
When you take the "i" out of mental illness and replace it with "we" you get mental wellness.

Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Place: St. Leo's University
1930 SW 38th Ave., Ocala
Monthly Lunch & Learn Series!
Join us for the March 21st Lunch & Learn Workshop as the QuitDoc Foundation addresses: "Youth e-cigarette epidemic: Vaping 911." This is a youth prevention and intervention program that addresses youth nicotine and THC use in tobacco and electronic cigarette products, as well as related drug use. Registration is free and required at A light lunch will be provided.
Mental Health First Aid Class - a resounding success!
We're going to do it again!
Registrations for our first Adult Mental Health First Aid class reached capacity within four days of announcement. We have a waiting list for the next class that we will notify as soon as it is scheduled. If you would like to be on the waiting list, please send an e-mail to with your name, organization, e-mail and telephone. If you are bringing additional people, we'll need their names too. Thank you Meridian Behavioral Services.
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Donate in memory of or as a tribute to someone dear to you. * A brick 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. Click here for more details!

The one sure donation that can help NAMI Marion County reach its goals is a financial donation - and it's tax deductible too!

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We have received a small grant to enable us to start offering NAMI Family & Friends, This is a free 90-minute or four-hour seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

What You’ll Learn
The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics.

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery
  • Effective communication strategies
  • The importance of self-care
  • Crisis preparation strategies
  • NAMI and community resources
Three separate presentations are offered at public or private schools to (1) students; (2) school staff; (3) parents and caregivers. The focus is to help audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.
Calling all volunteers! We need people who are willing to be trained to represent NAMI Marion County and do these presentations.
You must be a NAMI member.
Please contact Gerry Brent if you're interested.
How Happy Are You?
Adult Happiness Assessments Free!

Thanks to the United Way of Marion County we have been funded to provide happiness assessments in the outlying areas of Marion County where it is difficult to access mental health services. In partnership with Meridian Behavioral Health Services , we can also provide immediate counseling for people who need additional assistance.

*Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 28th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. We will be at Forest United Methodist Church, 17635 E. Hwy. 40, Ocala doing happiness assessments.

If your church or community organization would like to host these "Happiness Assessments," please contact Gerry Brent at (352) 368-2405 or e-mail to
Family-to-Family Program
now scheduled to start March 26th.
NAMI Family-to-Family  is a free, education program for  family of adults living with mental illness. In this 12-week program ,  the term  family  is viewed from a broad perspective to include parents, siblings, spouses, adult sons and daughters, partners and significant others. Learn why situations occur and how you can help your loved one with recovery.

Call (352) 368-2405 or e-mail for more information

Registration is free.
Peer-to-Peer Education Class slated to start March 18th
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are
looking to better understand
themselves and their recovery.

Call (352) 368-2405 or e-mail for more information

Registration is free.
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NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need. Participation is free. No registration is required.

Family Support Groups:
*First and third Tuesday of every month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala in Room 17, Building D.

*Second Monday of every month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., St. Timothy’s RC Church on 441, Lady Lake.

Connection Recovery Support Group on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, in the Old Fellowship Hall.
Calling all places of worship & faith-based organizations
NAMI FaithNet strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role of spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions, those for whom faith is a key component.

The purpose of Bridges of Hope is to educate faith communities about mental illness so that they can create stronger safety nets and welcoming communities of faith for people affected by mental illness.

If you would like to schedule a presentation, please contact Gerry Brent, or (352) 368-2405.

Special thanks to United Church of Christ in The Villages for hosting a Bridges of Hope presentation.

See information about our other support groups in this newsletter.
Announcing our third Family Support Group to start March 18
NAMI Marion County's newest Family Support Group will meet on the third Monday of every month 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Forest United Methodist Church 17635 East Highway 40, Ocala. Participation is free, no registration is required. Complete confidentiality assured. For more information, call Joe Bates at (434) 444-5823.
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.

  *All participants are screened to ensure this class is appropriate for their needs.
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 
Volunteers needed and appreciated

We can't provide all of these programs without help. Mental health issues are 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!

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