NAMI Broward County extend our deepest sympathy to the victims, loved ones, family members and friends affected by the senseless tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. As with so many other times, dozens of families and friends are mourning the loss of their loved ones.
These kinds of events leave none of us untouched and can challenge our mental health and wellness. Please know that NAMI Broward County will be available to our members, families and friends to provide referrals to services for assistance, if needed. Additionally, NAMI Broward County offers supports that can assist individuals who are experiencing increased feelings of anxiety, depression or PTSD in the aftermath of this crisis:
- NAMI Connection Recovery Support is a free, peer-led weekly support group led by NAMI-trained facilitators for people living with a mental health condition.
- NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental health challenges. Groups generally meet on a monthly basis but may meet weekly.
- NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery education course open to anyone experiencing a mental health condition. The course is designed to encourage growth, healing and recovery among participants.
- NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental health conditions, while maintaining their own well-being.
- NAMI Broward County operates a “Warm Line” for individuals with a mental illness who want to speak with someone who shares personal experience coping with mental health issues Peer operators are available daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families.
- NAMI Ending the Silence for Students: 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help.
To learn more about these programs, contact NAMI Broward County at 954-316-9907
. Stay Safe.
Sandra Cumper, Executive Director Edna Einhorn, Board President
NAMI Broward County is the Broward County Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Our mission is to promote recovery and improve the quality of life of citizens of Broward with serious mental illness through support, education, and advocacy. We envision a world where all people affected by mental illness get the help, hope, and support that they need.