NAMI JAX NEWS
WHO WE ARE
The families and members of NAMI Jacksonville are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness.
Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect persons of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character.
Our Vision is that persons with severe and persistent mental illness can recover and lead productive and meaningful lives within their community of choice.
The Mission of NAMI Jacksonville is to support and improve the quality of life for family members and those living with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse through compassion, education, and advocacy.
NAMI Jax Spring Community Educational Meeting
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Watson Realty 4194 San Juan Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32210
The topic will be: “After the Dust Settles: Family Support and Response after a Crisis”
Speaker: Erica Whitfield, MACP, LMHC
Erica Whitfield is a Licensed Psychotherapist who graduated from the University of North Florida with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Erica is the Clinical Manager of Family Foundations, an organization that has helped over 130,000 families through mental health and financial counseling. Erica also has extensive experience working within the Full Service Schools Program, a United Way initiative, that has connected over 3,500 students and families to a critical range of therapeutic, health and social services. She currently serves on the board of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida. Erica is also certified by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to teach Ending the Silence, an engaging presentation that aims to help others raise awareness for mental health, encourage early identification and intervention and give a human face to mental illness.
We hope to see you there!
Help is immediately available. If you (or someone you know) are feeling suicidal, call 1-800-273-TALK or 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish-speaking callers.