NAMI Gainesville is here to help. We have and will continue to modify our services to meet the increasing need for peer support services caused by the pandemic, while at the same time limiting person-to-person contact. In summary, our programs have been modified as follows:
- NAMI Support Groups: NAMI’s Connections and Family Support Group meetings are occurring at the regularly scheduled times by virtual meetings on Zoom. For instructions on how to log in, click on the meeting in the calendar on our website: namigainesville.org/calendar.
- Courses and Presentations: The Basics, Family to Family, Peer to Peer, Ending the Silence and In Our Own Voice programs were suspended in March and our instructors and presenters have been re-assigned to support the Helpline and our new Peer Mentoring programs.
- NAMI Helpline: The Helpline at 352 335-7770 is open and is taking calls. We have also added an administration number for general information or non-helpline requests, 352 320-0457.
- NAMI Peer Mentoring Programs: NAMI Gainesville’s new adult and youth Peer Mentoring programs started operations in March and are taking applications. These programs offer one-on-one (in person or virtual) mentoring that focuses on the unique needs of the individual being served. For information about these programs or for instructions to apply or refer someone, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Going forward we will be posting daily updates on Facebook with changes to our services and information about other community services for peers – please follow us on Facebook at NAMI Gainesville if you are not already doing so. If you are a peer and need services or someone to talk to, please call us. If you are someone who knows a peer who needs support, call us. We are here to help.
Mental Health America of East Central Florida (MHA) provides programs and services that support persons with mental illnesses, their families and friends and the community with needed information, referrals and resources. Our programs also support the acceptance of people with mental illness into our communities through increasing awareness and the reduction of stigmas surrounding mental illnesses.
The services we provide support the view that mental health is an integral part of overall health are; drop in centers, information and referral services, guardian advocate training, parenting classes for divorcing families, post partum depression assessment and counseling, psychological first aid, counseling for veterans and family members, support groups, suicide prevention coalition, speakers bureau, education and advocacy, and other supportive services that help bridge the gap in treatment and prevention in our community.