NAMI Manatee County | What We Do | Where Our Money Goes | Emily Kuster Foundation | C.I.T.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.

IF THIS SOUNDS LIKE YOU - NAMI IS HERE

Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation's voice on mental illness, a national organization including
NAMI affiliates in every state and more than 1,100 local communities across the country
who join together to meet the NAMI mission through support, advocacy, education, and research.
Untreated, biologically based brain disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder, can profoundly disrupt a person's ability to think, feel,
and relate to others and their environment.
Affecting one in five families, mental illness strikes persons from all walks of life, regardless of age, race, income, religion, or education.


SERVING: ANNA MARIA | BRADENTON | CORTEZ | ELLENTON | HOLMES BEACH
LAKEWOOD RANCH | MYAKKA CITY | PALMETTO | PARRISH


WHO WE ARE:

NAMI-MANATEE COUNTY does not have any political affiliations
Our purpose in alerting NAMI members about legislation and laws proposed,
pending and passed in the U.S. Congress, the Florida Legislature,
and Manatee County is to inform you about bills that may affect those with mental illness.

NAMI Manatee County was founded in 1988, when a group of despairing parents met at one of their homes to form the
Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Manatee County - Now NAMI Manatee County.
Currently your local affiliate has a membership of approximately 100 Families, Friends, Consumers (those affected),
Mental Health Care Professionals and other concerned citizens.
We are a local NON PROFIT affiliate of a national organization - NAMI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness).
We are also affiliated with NAMI Florida.
WE ARE AN ALL VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION WITH NO OFFICE OR PAID STAFF.

WHAT WE DO

SUPPORT | EDUCATE | ADVOCATE:

We hold two meetings each month:

One is our SUPPORT GROUP - for family members and friends where we impart our experiences, and relate the effects that our mentally ill relative
or friend has on our everyday lives.
We discuss how to provide care, deal with crisis, and share our success stories.
The other meeting, for EDUCATION, usually includes a guest speaker who is a professional or an expert on Mental Health with its associated subjects or the Criminal Justice system.

 

 

 

 

Our EDUCATIONAL Course "Family to Family" is a no cost 12 week course for family members that covers:

Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders.
Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence.
Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery.
Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.
Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques.
Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse.
Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload.
Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community.
Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services.

CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINING is a 40 hour course in collaboration with the Manatee County Sheriffs Office and Manatee Glens
designed to help law enforcement officers deal with mentally ill individuals within our community.

Eliminate the STIGMA

We ADVOCATE for the mentally ill both nationally and locally.

There needs to be MORE UNDERSTANDING & LESS STIGMA.
There needs to be better psychiatric treatment services including facilities and medication at affordable costs.

There needs to be more understanding within the Criminal Justice System.
There needs to be constant research and development of medications to treat the illnesses.

We need MORE VOICES TO SHOUT LOUDER - WE NEED TO MAKE PEOPLE LISTEN

SO JOIN US TODAY


THE NEEDS FUND:

In addition, locally, our support includes raising money for our "NEEDS FUND" from which we provide emergency
financial assistance to mentally ill persons living in our community.
The NEEDS FUND is used to help with emergency expenses.
These allocations could include allowing needy individuals to maintain their residences or pay their power bills or their medications.
All proceeds from our fund raisers, sponsors, members and benefactors are deposited directly into this fund.

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© NAMI Manatee County is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to NAMI Manatee County are tax-deductible. Our Not-For-Profit exempt number is: EIN 59-3333-249

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