Sarkis Clinical Trials is a private, clinical research facility located in the heart of North Central Florida. We conduct numerous FDA-supervised investigational medical studies in the hopes of assisting with the approval of new treatment options. Children, adolescents, and adults who are affected with mental and medical illnesses can benefit from research conducted by Sarkis Clinical Trials.

Below you will find several advocacy organizations in your area. Please feel free to reach out if you need support, education or want to get involved as an advocate for yourself and community. You will soon have the opportunity to participate in Project RockSTARR and have a donation made in your honor to one of organizations below. If you want to know more about Project RockSTARR, please go HERE.

Sarkis Clinical Trials Local Advocacy Organizations:

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Your local NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders work in communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy, and support group programs.

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:
  • 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

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.

NAMI Gainesville
PO Box 358703
Gainesville, FL 32635
Phone: (352) 335-7770

MHA is a powerful voice for healthy communities throughout the nation and offers information, referrals, and resources for individuals living with any type of mental illness. One of MHA’s services includes online screening, which is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.

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.

MHA of East Central Florida
531 South Ridgewood Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-4929
Phone (386) 252-5785

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) changes lives, saves lives and impacts lives, through education, peer support groups and advocacy for those diagnosed with a mental health illnesses and empowers their family and friends to embrace their independence, advocate for improved services, and to love them for who they are.What makes us unique is the fact that we are peer based and lead. What this means is that all of our meetings and all of our leaders are members or caring friends and family of members.

At DBSA Greater Jacksonville, we offer peer-run support groups where you will find information, comfort, and direction in a confidential and supportive setting.

DBSA Greater Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL
Tel: (904) 790-0421

This list only includes those advocacy organizations that The STARR Coalition is affiliated with.  If you know of other advocacy organizations that could be included in this list, please contact us at  Thank you!