NAMI Marion County E-Newsletter
Volume 1 Issue 10 November 2018
NAMI Marion County, P.O. Box 5753, Ocala, Florida 34478-5753
(352) 368-2405
NAMI Marion County is ensuring that all Marion County residents have access to mental health's how...
Support groups are free, confidential, respectful and supportive.
No registration is necessary for support groups.
The Connection Recovery Support Group (for people diagnosed with a mental illness): Meets at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the Old Fellowship Hall (on the northwest side of the campus, downstairs).
The NAMI Family Support Groups (for family/friends of people diagnosed with a mental illness):

1) Meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at First United Methodist Church of Ocala, Room #17, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, at 7:00 p.m. in Building D (in the courtyard)
2) Meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in St. Timothy's RC Church Hall, Room #7, 1351 Paige Place, Lady Lake.
Vote in the mid-term elections also! Know where your legislators stand on mental health issues. Voting is critical to ensuring a healthy, safe, empowered future for us, our families, and our communities
Let your voice be heard! Vote for the new NAMI Marion County Board of Directors!

If you are a NAMI member in good standing, we are pleased to invite you to vote for the 2019 NAMI Marion County Board of Directors. As per NAMI Marion County by-laws Section 2.02 (a) “Each NAMI Marion County member in good standing is entitled to  one vote  on each matter submitted to a vote of the general membership. A member may be one individual or a family of individuals living in one household that is counted as one for purposes of paying dues and voting.”

Earlier this month we sent out the voting ballot which includes new directors plus current directors entering their second terms. The listing at the bottom indicates existing board members and is provided for your information. If you did not receive one, please call Gerry Brent to obtain a ballot.

Ballots must be submitted in person to ensure voting accuracy.  

They may be submitted at the NAMI Marion County Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. or at the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County, 2300 SW 17  th Road, Ocala 34471. Ballots may also be submitted at the Connection Recovery Support Group or Family Support Group meetings throughout the month of November. If you require additional information about the support groups, please visit our website at

For those who cannot attend the November meeting or any of the support group meetings, please make arrangements to hand deliver your ballot at the NAMI Office at the Early Learning Coalition as outlined above. Call (352) 368-2405 to make an appointment as the office is staffed part-time.

If you have any questions or concerns about the ballot, please feel free to contact Gerry Brent, Executive Director, at (352) 368-2405 or e-mail
Ballot tabulation and announcement of the 2019 NAMI Marion County Board of Directors will occur at the December 11, 2018 meeting. This is your opportunity to share your voice and be counted.

NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher Training Scheduled!
Do you have the experience of being the parent, spouse/partner, sibling or other family member of an individual who has a mental illness? Are you excited about the opportunity to help other family members in your local community who are coping with similar experiences? Would you like to be a volunteer for a national grassroots and mental health advocacy organization? This is a chance to give back by helping provide the incredible course to other families in need. NAMI Marion County is providing a free 3-day teacher training on November 30, December 1 and December 2, 2018. Become a certified teacher in this national education program. You must be a NAMI member in good standing to attend. More teachers are needed so that this course can be offered on a more frequent basis and in more locations in Marion County. Applications must be submitted by November 9, 2018 . Space is limited! For more information or an application, please call Gerry Brent at (352) 368-2405.
Speakers Available!
In our continuing effort to stop the stigma associated with mental illness, NAMI Marion County has speakers available who can explain what it is, what causes it, and how you can help yourself or people you love. Call us at (352) 368-2405 or send an e-mail
NAMI/Diversion Court Alliance thanks City of Ocala
The people in the Circuit 5 Diversion Courts (such as Mental Health Court and Drug Court) are working very hard to get their lives back on track. Sometimes the smallest thing can become an obstacle, like a flat tire or a deposit on an apartment. NAMI and the Diversion Courts have teamed up to create an emergency fund to help court participants with small emergencies. Thank you to the City of Ocala for being the first to step up and help us start this fund. We continue to accept additional donations for this fund. If you would like to learn more, please contact us.
  • 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 our website at (click on Donate). Our next dedication ceremony at The Centers is on Friday, December 7th! More info coming!
An easy way to donate!
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as 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. Cjhoose NAMI Marion County as your designated charity and donate every time you buy from Amazon!
Just go to

Click on the drop down menu for selecting the charity of choice.
( Front & back of shirt modeled by our wonderful member and volunteer, Holly.)

Wear it loud and proud to show our community that you are not just standing by but rather helping to stop the stigma of mental illness and helping people affected by mental illness. We can't do it alone.

On our website, you will find a listing of volunteer opportunities as well as a volunteer application. Please review the information and submit an application.

Together we can make an impact on mental health in Marion County, our state and our country.
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. It helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/Veteran is experiencing to enable them to help.

  *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 

Be a "friend" at The Vines and/or The Centers.

People are often confused and concerned when they arrive at The Vines or The Centers. You can be a smiling face and help NAMI Marion County inform patients and their families about NAMI membership, advocacy, support groups and education classes. We need people to take two-hour shifts during the week in the Outpatient Department lobbies of both hospitals. Training provided! Shifts are two hours each between 10 am and 4 pm weekdays.

Ask us about NAMI IN THE LOBBY volunteer opportunities.

Mental Wellness Now Program Update! Come see us on November 9th!

NAMI Marion County along with its partner Meridian Behavioral Health Services will be conducting free adult mental wellness screenings and telehealth counseling (if needed) on Friday, November 9th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following location:

Marion Fundamentals Senior Center
2123 SW County Road 484, Ocala
(in the Marion Crossings Plaza).

If you, or someone you know, appears to demonstrate symptoms of mental illness, please encourage them to get this free screening.

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. Keep an eye on our newsletter for more information. If you know of an upcoming event, please contact Gerry at