New Mobile Response Line Launches

As of April 1, Mobile Response Teams in Miami-Dade County will be provided by WestCare/The Village South. Mobile Response Teams will provide immediate, on-site behavioral health crisis intervention services to individuals of all ages.

Please note the new phone number for the Mobile Response line for individuals is 1-800-HELP-YOU (1-800-435-7968). It is monitored 24/7.

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Thriving Mind Mourns Loss of Local Mental Health Advocate

Thriving Mind South Florida’s President CEO, John W. Newcomer, M.D., would like to express his deepest condolences on behalf of our Board of Directors, Leadership and Staff to Mr. Publio M. Santana’s family and friends.

Mr. Santana died last week. He was one of the very first employees of Fellowship House, a Thriving Mind provider and an original Thriving Mind Board Member.

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NAMI Miami-Dade Names New President

Thriving Mind provider NAMI Miami-Dade has named Susan O’Mahoney Holtzman as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the leading mental health advocacy, education and support organization in Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys, announced Susan Racher, Board Chair. As a seasoned healthcare advocate and medical business professional, Holtzman most recently was the lead on mental health, disabilities and older adults in the Office of Equity and Engagement, Office of the Mayor, Miami-Dade County.

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As told to the Miami Herald

Youth Board Member Shares Mental Health Journey

Mecca McCain remembers being as young as 11 when she first began cutting herself with a steak knife hidden in her bedroom.

The University of Miami junior remembers experiencing drastic mood swings, feeling sad, anxious and losing interest in activities, including her passion for fashion. She was one of a “handful of Black students at a predominately white, elite private school” in Washington and was not doing well in school. And, sometimes, she had suicidal thoughts.

“I wasn’t able to take care of myself, I had a really hard time, even getting out of bed to go to school in the morning, maintaining friendships. It was just a very, like, dark period for me,” said McCain, now 21. “And again, I didn’t know what it was, I didn’t know what to do. So, I kind of just kept everything to myself.”

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Free Resources

Thriving Mind's Partnership with Sesame Street in Communities, funded through the Florida Blue Foundation, provides free materials to teachers, counselors, outreach workers and people in the faith community. If you would like to receive free materials, email

Employment News

Thriving Mind Job Openings

Thriving Mind is looking for talented people to join our team. Our job openings are listed on our website here.

We list openings for our providers as well. If you would like to post on a job on our website, please email the job description to Julie Ortiz.