988 Launches in Miami-Dade and Monroe
988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This dialing code was available to everyone across the United States starting July 16.

In Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Jewish Community Services of South Florida will continue to operate 211. JCS, which had been receiving calls from the Lifeline number, is the 988 provider for the region as well.

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, even after 988 launched nationally.
Thriving Mind Partners
with Farm Share
Farm Share, Florida’s largest food bank, and Florida’s seven Managing Entities are partnering to provide information to Farm Share’s food recipients about how they can access needed behavioral health services. Numerous studies have made it clear that food insecurity is linked to increased rates of depression and anxiety.

Through this innovative partnership, the organizations will provide informational cards in the bags of food distributed by Farm Share. The cards will feature contacts for local behavioral health Managing Entities, enabling recipients to easily connect with mental health and substance use disorder providers – regardless of whether they have health insurance.

The managing entities work with a network of over 300 behavioral health care providers who deliver services to over 300,000 of Florida’s most vulnerable residents, including children, expectant mothers, veterans, and the chronically homeless.

Providers help meet patients’ diverse needs with “wraparound services” that not only address mental health issues and substance abuse, but also assist with housing, transportation, and employment. Community boards administer, manage, and ensure accountability of state and federal funds for behavioral health services, keeping oversight and accountability closest to the people they serve.
Thriving Mind Staff Honored for Lived Experience
Congratulations to Allison Schild, Thriving Mind Peer Services manager, who was nominated by Citrus Family Care Network for the Parent/Caregiver with Lived Experience Leadership Award.

The award was given out July 13, at the Annual Conference for the Florida Coalition for Children. This award is given to the parent or caregiver with lived experience in the child welfare system who has risen above and overcome life’s challenges. This individual is recognized for their personal growth, leadership, and commitment to imparting hope, support, and inspiration to their peers.

“The nomination is truly a testament to your skills and dedication to the field of Child Welfare, and it is our pleasure to announce that you were chosen to receive this award!” organizers told Allison.
Provider News
Douglas Gardens, Fresh Start Participate in Friendship Games
Douglas Gardens Community Mental Health Center and Fresh Start recently participated in the Friendship Games, a yearly event consisting of friendly competition on sports, music, art, poetry, a talent show, exhibits, food, awards and prizes. This mental health field day is designed to be an expression of solidarity, and friendship and support for persons with long-term psychiatric conditions. It is designed to provide an opportunity for people to come together for a day of fun, entertainment and affords all participants to feel special. 
Douglas Gardens has an employee who is part of the leadership team of the Friendship Network as a Trustee, Derek Moore, LCSW/CRPS. Under his leadership and support from the organization, we have been recognized by the Friendship Network as a leadership agency.

Fresh Start also held trainings throughout Miami-Dade and Marathon helping to empower the Guidance Care Center's Mobile Response Peer Specialists and the jail system with Certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan and Helping Others Heal Facilitators with skill sets to support recovery in different populations.
Upcoming Events

Thriving Mind’s website hosts an events calendar to showcase large-scale public events either hosted by or attended by staff and leadership of our providers and our own Managing Entity. To submit an event for consideration, please fill out form on this page:

A selection of upcoming events:
Event Name: Overdose Awareness Day 2022
Date: 08/31/2022 at 7:00 PM
Location: University of Miami
Provider: Miami Recovery Project
Program Area: Adult Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Organizer Contact Email: thomas@miamirecoveryproject.org
Organization or Event Webpage: https://miamirecoveryproject.org/overdose-awareness-day
Overview: The world’s annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.

Event Name: Speaker's meeting
Date: 09/08/2022 at 6 p.m.
Location: Virtual with registration https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81060662918
Provider: NAMI Miami-Dade
Program Area: Suicide Prevention
Virtual Option? Yes
Organizer Contact Email: Kate@NAMIMiami.org
Organization or Event Webpage: https://namimiami.org/
Overview: Speaker’s Meeting on Suicide Awareness