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Appreciation Luncheon

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On Friday, October 26, the affiliate will celebrate the contributions of NAMI Volusia/Flagler/St.Johns volunteers and community advocates who are making a difference in local efforts to improve mental health services.  We are pleased to announce that the featured speaker will be St. Augustine psychiatrist, Dr. Stanley Cohen.  The luncheon will be held at Flagler Hospital in the Osceola Room at 12:00pm.  Lunch is included.  Registration is free but required to attend.  Please contact the affiliate at 904-827-7404 or support@namivfsj.org to register.  In his talk, "Practicing Psychiatry in 2018" ​Dr. Cohen will discuss the history of the DSM and its purpose in classifying emotional disorders.  An explanation of diagnosing mental health conditions based on the Axis I-V system and its current non-usage will be provided, along with a more in-depth explanation of the Axis IV and V.  A brief breakdown of major disease states and symptomology criteria will be addressed.  The treatment options for mental health conditions will be discussed:
1: Medication: risks and benefits of use and major classification of the same
2. Psychotherapy:  CBT, DBT, Exposure therapy, Play therapy
3. Medication & Psychotherapy:  when both are necessary because medication alone cannot provide
relief of symptoms
4. Non-Psychopharmacology:  ECT and TMS


Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 7 - October 13, 2018)
NAMI Volusia/Flagler/St.Johns will observe Mental Illness Awareness Week on Tuesday, October 9.  In honor of the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding, which takes place during Mental Illness Awareness Week, the affiliate will gather for its annual candlelight service at the United Church of Christ, 5880 US 1 South, St. Augustine from 6:00-7:00pm.  All are welcome for a time of reflection, affirmation, and support.  If you are interested in participating in the service, please contact support@namivfsj.org.  For information about NAMI's faith initiatives, see NAMI FaithNet.  Note: the affiliate service will take the place of the St. Johns support group meetings on Tuesday, October 9.


Yard Sale / Bake Sale / Raffle

Join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018 for an Extravaganza Yard Sale / Bake Sale / Raffle from 8:00am - 1:00pm at 920 State Road 16, St. Augustine!  If you would like to make a donation, please contact the affiliate at support@namivfsj.org.   


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
See below for the 2018 dates for NAMI presentations (3-4:30pm) at St. Johns County Sheriff's Department's CIT Training.

  • April 16, 2018
  • July 16, 2018
  • October 15, 2018​

Directions to the St. Johns County CIT Training:

  • TAKE US 1 TO LEWIS SPEEDWAY- Lewis Speedway is the road which runs between the  Sheriff's office and the Courthouse.  Lewis Speedway curves around to the left.  Continue to the next light at Woodlawn Road.
  • TURN RIGHT ON WOODLAWN ROAD.  Continue on past new housing development on right to Gaines Road. Gaines Road is immediately on the right past the development.
  • TURN RIGHT ON GAINES ROAD.  Continue on past the Fire Dept. training facility to last buildings on Gaines Road. 
  • TURN LEFT INTO POLICE TRAINING FACILITY.


NAMI Florida Behavioral Health Day

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Behavioral Health Day at the Florida Capitol on Wednesday, January 24, hosted by NAMI Florida and its partners: Florida Association of Managing Entities, Florida Behavioral Health Association, Florida Council for Community Mental Health, Florida Psychiatric Society, and Peer Support Coalition of Florida.  Attendance is free and open to NAMI members and non-members!  Click here to register  Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare has chartered a bus to travel to Tallahassee for Behavioral Health Day.  NAMI Volusia/Flagler/St.Johns officers, members, and peers are invited to travel with the group.  A bagged breakfast, dinner, and snacks will be provided on the bus.  It is free to all. There will be early pick-up times in St. Augustine and Daytona.  The pick-up location is Epic Behavioral Healthcare.  If you are interested in travelling with their group, please contact Brooke Goodenow (bgoodenow@smabehavioral.org) or Jenni Lipman (jlipman@smabehavioral.org) for details.


Affiliate Bowling Event
​Saturday, January 20, 2018, 1-3pm
​Anastasia Bowling Lanes, 3245 A1A South, St. Augustine
​$20 per person for two hours unlimited bowling -- Half price for peers!
​Pay at the door, or pay in advance by sending a check to NAMI Volusia/Flagler/St.Johns, PO Box 860208, St. Augustine, FL 32086.
Whether you bowl in the 200's or have never picked up a bowling ball, please join us for some fun and camaraderie.  All are welcome! 


Annual Meeting and Holiday Lunch
The Affiliate Annual Meeting and Holiday Lunch is scheduled for Thursday, December 14, 12-2pm, at the Golden Corral, 225 Cypress Edge Drive, Palm Coast.  Peers are invited as guests of the affiliate.  


Affiliate Picnic 
On Saturday, December 9 the affiliate will host a fall picnic at Faver-Dykes State Park from 12:00-4:00pm.  Refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring a dish to share if desired.  Directions: Take US 1 to Faver-Dykes Road.  Take right (if coming from south) or left (if coming from north) on Faver-Dykes Road.  Go 1.5 miles on Faver-Dykes Road to Faver-Dykes State Park.  The park charges a small entrance fee per vehicle.


Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 1-7, 2017)

NAMI Volusia/Flagler/St.Johns will observe Mental Illness Awareness Week on Tuesday, October 3.  In honor of the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding, which takes place during Mental Illness Awareness Week, the affiliate will gather for its annual candlelight service at the United Church of Christ, 5880 US 1 South, St. Augustine from 6:00-7:00pm.  All are welcome for a time of reflection, affirmation, and support.  If you are interested in participating in the service, please contact support@namivfsj.org.  For information about NAMI's faith initiatives, see NAMI FaithNet.  Note: the affiliate service will take the place of the St. Johns support group meetings on Tuesday, October 3.


NAMIWalks 2017
Tri-Cruisers, our affiliate NAMIWalks team, is participating in NAMIWalks 2017 Greater Orlando on Saturday, April 29.  Come join the fun and help raise funds for NAMI!  The event will be held at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs.  Check-in begins at 8:00am.  The walk begins at 9:00am.  Click here to join Tri-Cruisers or donate a walker!


​"Hidden Pictures" Film Event

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May 6, 2017, 12-2pm

​Corazon Cinema and Café, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine

$20 suggested donation includes lunch

Hidden Pictures, by Delaney Ruston, MD, presents compelling global stories that reveal the universal stigma of mental illness and the power of transformational programs.  Following the screening a panel of local leaders will discuss "Fighting Stigma Locally" and local peers and family members will describe their personal experiences in a brief video.


Affiliate Bowling Event

February 4, 2017, 1-3pm

​Anastasia Bowling Lanes, 3245 A1A South, St. Augustine

​$20 per person for two hours unlimited bowling -- Half price for peers!

​Pay at the door, or pay in advance by sending a check to NAMI Volusia/Flagler/St.Johns, PO Box 860208, St. Augustine, FL 32086.
Whether you bowl in the 200's or have never picked up a bowling ball, please join us for some fun and camaraderie.  All are welcome! 


​​Annual Meeting and Holiday Lunch

December 16, 2016, 12-2pm

Golden Corral, 225 Cypress Edge Drive, Palm Coast 

Peers are invited as guests of the affiliate


NAMI Florida Annual Conference - "No More Time: Decriminalization of Mental Illness"
December 2-4, 2016, Tampa
Featuring Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman, Public Defender 6th Judicial Circuit Bob Dillinger, State Rep. Kathleen Peters, State Rep. Gayle Harrell, and more!  The conference fee is $35 for NAMI members and $50 for non-members and includes lunch on Saturday - Click here to register. ​A block of rooms are available for $109 per night plus tax under NAMI - Click here to reserve your room.


St. Johns County Family Support Group
​October 25, 2016
​6:00 - 7:00 PM
Psychiatrist Amit Vijapura will discuss drug research for treatment resistant Schizophrenia.


​​​​National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding

NAMI Volusia/Flagler/St.Johns Observance

October 4, 2016

6:00-7:00 PM

United Church of Christ, 5880 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL  32086
Note: the affiliate service will take the place of the St. Johns support group meetings on Tuesday, October 4.


NAMI Volusia/Flagler/St.Johns Yard Sale

August 13, 2016

​8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

St. Johns Drop-In Center, 920 State Rd. 16, St. Augustine, FL  32084​