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FACEing Mental Illness: A year of accomplishment and acceptance

Release Date: 
10/22/2017

Carrie Seidman reflects on a year of personal stories and community support for FACEing Mental Illness. 

Dozens of local residents volunteered to help with the workshops and a series of educational events, including panel discussions and an out-of-town guest speaker. Local businesses donated services and goods and the Sarasota library and school systems contributed venues, publicity and equipment.

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HomeSafe: Providing comfort and hope for abused youth

Release Date: 
07/12/2017

In partnership with the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, HomeSafe is the exclusive entry agency for children from birth through age 5 and their families for the Healthy Beginnings program. HomeSafe provides free screenings and assessments for children to identify any developmental delays or behavior concerns and mothers for postpartum depression.

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Faith a key to recovery at Learn to Fish

Release Date: 
06/23/2017

Not receiving any regular funding from local or state government, the only barrier standing in the way of Learn to Fish being able to help more women is resources. It costs approximately $3,300 per women and more than $200,000 annually to operate the nonprofit.

The nonprofit has a property behind Daughtrey Elementary School to renovate for additional housing, but the renovations are on hold until the nonprofit can find a commercial space at a discounted rate to move the furniture into and reopen the nonprofit’s thrift store as another revenue source.

Thanks to a total $10,000 donation from organizations on Anna Maria Island — Anna Maria Island Women’s Giving Circle of Manatee Community Foundation and the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation — the nonprofit has the funds for renovations.

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New Florida Bar President Promises to Focus on Mental Health

Release Date: 
06/23/2017

Newly installed Florida Bar President Michael Higer outlined five priorities for the bar's coming year, including a focus on lawyer mental health, as he took the oath of office on Friday.

Higer, a Miami litigator, identified the priorities as communicating member benefits and resources to lawyers, expanding member resources in the area of technology, continuing to eliminate bias and promote diversity within the legal community; supporting lawyer well-being, and educating bar members and the public about the Constitutional Revision Commission.

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Brooklyn Water Bagel Honoring Victims of Pulse Shooting

Release Date: 
06/07/2017

Brooklyn Water Bagel will honor the victims of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting by serving rainbow bagels and donating 100 percent of the weekend’s proceeds from the rainbow bagels to the Better Together Fund at Central Florida Foundation, starting June 10 and ending on Orlando United Day, June 12.

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Byrd Institute mobile clinic extends southern reach

Release Date: 
03/30/2017

Debbie Caneen, president of the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging in SCC, said that the coalition is a close ally of Byrd Institute. She said that the coalition has been proactive in providing information about memory care and credited a grant by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay which helps defray expenses.

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A community comes together around mental health

Release Date: 
02/25/2017

Meanwhile, many generous readers contributed to a project fund (kindly given a home by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation) which is helping to pay for our upcoming events and a documentary film being created about the project. Those donations now total more than $20,000, led by a $10,000 grant from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation.

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