Monthly Archives: July 2014

Helpline: (800) 950-6264

marriage_family-960x250Below is a Helpline for visitors to our website designed for all manner of support to family and friends coping with matters related to mental illness.

NAMI National Information Helpline 1 (800) 950-6264, Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST. This includes connecting individuals to attorneys in their local area, general information, information on specific mental illnesses, and information on treatment and support.

Find copies here of the NAMI Information Helpline Materials List and Available Fact Sheets through the Helpline

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Mental Illness Issues in The Classroom: Free Workshop

nami pasco logoNAMI Pasco is partnering with the Tampa Bay Times Newspapers in Education Foundation to bring awareness of mental health issues, early warning signs, resources, and much more to teachers.

The free, one-night workshop is designed for teachers of grades 6 through 12. Date, time, and location are listed below. You can also download our flyer containing all necessary information.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
NAMI Pasco, Jallo Plaza
6480 Land O’Lakes Blvd.
Land O’Lakes, FL 34638

Register online at
RSVP deadline: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Space is limited. If you register and cannot
attend, please contact
so that someone on the waiting list may attend.


The Medication Safety Project: More than Side Effects

Lunches_for_Learning_Logo2Lunch and Learn
Training Opportunity

The Medication Safety Project is free and open to all interested healthcare, substance abuse, and mental health providers. 1 CEU will be provided. Seating is limited. Please RSVP today: (727) 597-2284 or register at

Event takes place Friday, August 1st, 2014
Florida Department of Health in Pasco County
10841 Little Road New Port Richey, FL 34654

Download here!         Medication Safety Project Flyer

It’s Here! New Writing Class for Caregivers

EldercareAre you someone who spends a lot of time providing care for a family member or
friend? Are there thoughts and feelings about your experience as a caregiver that
you’d like to try expressing through writing? If the answer to both these questions
is “Yes!” then you might be interested in joining a new writers’ group for
caregivers called “Finding Your Voice.” Contact teacher and author
Judith Henry at
Download a flyer for all the information you need:  Writing Class for Caregivers

Free August 2014 Education Meeting: Youth’s Film on Addiction and Recovery

Substance Abuse Prevention

Free August 2014 Education Meeting

NAMI Pasco is partnering with North Tampa Behavioral Health and the Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention

Join us on Monday, August 4, 2014 for a screening of the 30-minute documentary, “Eternal High,” written and directed by teenager Bryce Mackie. Bryce details his experience with addiction, depression, suicide, and recovery.

Screening to be followed by a Q & A with Chrissie Parris, Coalition Coordinator, Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, Pasco County. Bryce received the National Welcome Back Award for De-Stigmatization and his film received the SAMSHA Honorable Mention Voice Award for raising awareness of mental health issues.

Download the flyer here.
Date Monday, August 4, 2014
Time 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location North Tampa Behavioral Health
29910 Florida State Road 56
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

Registration not required but helpful as we plan for this event.

To RSVP by Friday, August 1, go to the Contact page. 

Hope to see you on August 4!  

Free Dental Care, Pasco County Residents

For Homeless, Uninsured
and Low-Income Pasco County Residents

By Appointment ONLY: (352) 518-2000 or (727) 645-4185

Pasco Residents seeking emergency dental services must:
• Be an uninsured adult that is ineligible for Medicaid
• Call to schedule an appointment
• Pre-qualify based on financial hardship
• Complete a financial assistance application to meet eligibility requirements

Download a flyer to get more information.


Get Kids Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP!

You Can Apply for Medicaid or The Children’s Health
Insurance Program (CHIP) Coverage Year Round

Kids in Medicaid CHIPThere’s no limited enrollment period for these programs. If you qualify, you (or a family member) can enroll immediately. Check it out right here at

Also important to note – your children could qualify for coverage through CHIP, even if you don’t qualify for Medicaid.

Make sure your friends and neighbors know this too – take a minute to share this message with them.




New Free Peer-to-Peer Course Begins in Fall!

p2plogoredNAMI Pasco’s Peer-to-Peer is a free recovery-focused educational program for adults aiming to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges.

10 two-hours sessions begin September 5. Everything you need to know is available in our brochure:  Peer-to-Peer_2014. You can also find the information here on our “Classes” page, just scroll down a little.

Register by calling (727) 992-9653. Leave a message and a Peer-to-Peer mentor will call you back.notalone_side

Fantastic Turnout!

Yesterday’s NAMI Pasco July Education Meeting, Monday, July 7 at 7 PM, was a huge success! HugeSuccessTwenty guests joined us around a sizable conference table at the home of our generous host, North Tampa Behavioral Health.

The screening of “Depression and Bipolar Awareness: From Diagnosis to Remission,” prompted a number of questions for our guest speaker, Jason A. Tompkins, LCSW, Psychotherapist, and Chairperson of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Among the things we learned:

  • Clinical depression is episodic, recurrent, and worsens over time
  • Genetics and stress play a role in depression and bipolar disorder
  • It’s very important to get a good evaluation from a well-credentialed doctor to determine the scope of illness. (What, exactly, is going on physically, emotionally, mentally?)
  • Depression and bipolar disorder are treatable conditions. They will respond to treatment, just like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, for example
  • People with the illnesses can go on to lead happy, productive lives!nami pasco logo