Category Archives: Taking Action!

Free Monthly Education: “Behind Closed Doors”

OK, So Labor Day 2015 Swiped Our Usual First-Monday Meeting Time. Don’t Fret: It Means We’ll Hold Our Free Happening Just One Week Later. Join NAMI Pasco jailon MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 for a presentation by two deputies from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. They’ll talk about their direct experience of people with psychiatric conditions on the streets and in the county jails, debunking myths and getting to the facts. Bring your questions and download a flyer here.

Join Us in Mid September at Rasmussen College

RSVPs are not required but much appreciated.
For more about NAMI Pasco call (727) 992-9653.

Date Monday, September 14, 2015
Time 3:30 to 5 PM
Location Rasmussen College
18600 State Rd 54
(at the Corner of Fernview Street)
Lutz, FL 34638


Author/Advocate to Present on Borderline Personality Disorder

Join NAMI Pasco and Our Community Collaborator, Staywell Health, this MONDAY, AUGUST 31 for a Presentation by Felicia Johnson, Respected Author, Mental Health Advocate, Youth Mentor


Cover of HERFelicia Johnson is the best-selling author and mental health advocate who readily engages an audience with the moving story behind her latest book, Her. It is the story of a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who courageously peels back the layers of her complex and serious mental illness in a desperate attempt to understand it. Felicia brings remarkable insight and understanding to an illness that affects 1 -2 % of the population and wreaks havoc on the lives and relationships of young men and women. She has worked for nearly 10 years in the mental health field and she is an abuse survivor. Catch a glimpse of Felicia on YouTube.

This August We’re Felicia Johnson Author of HERSwitching
Things Up
to Busy Summer Schedules and Our Speaker’s Availability! (READ: Her Amazing Popularity) Join Us at Our New Afternoon Time Slot

RSVPs are not required but much appreciated. For more about NAMI Pasco
call (727) 992-9653.

Date Monday, August 31, 2015
Time 3:30 to 5 PM
Location Rasmussen College
18600 State Rd 54
(at the Corner of Fernview Street)
Lutz, FL 34638

Find Out about Sponsoring NAMI Pasco!



We Need Your Assistance to Reach the Most Vulnerable
in Pasco County — Right in Our Own Big Back Yard

Here Are Some FStageSettingtheStageacts to Help Set the Stage about the Mentally Ill in Pasco County

♦ According the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2014, Pasco County’s population is 464,697.

♦ Of this number, 13.9% live below the poverty level—and we know that poverty is an added barrier to receiving adequate treatment for mental illness.

♦ Pasco County has the 4th highest suicide rate in the state of Florida. []

♦ Of the 464,697 Pasco residents, 50,239 are U.S. Military veterans; we also know being a veteran correlates with high incidences of mental illness/substance abuse and suicide.

♦ According to NAMI, “1 in 4 people experiences mental illness in a year.” And of course their families are deeply affected too. 

♦ This translates to mean approximately 116,172 or 25% of Pasco County residents could stand to benefit annually from our supports.

Find Out about How You Can Help with
One of NAMI Pasco’s Tiered Sponsorships

To reach someone directly about opportunities call Sheena Lofton-Huggins at (727) 642-7212 or use our online contact. You can also reach us at (727) 992-9653.


Register Now: Free Peer-to-Peer Class Coming Up Fast!



Join NAMI Pasco for a Free, 10-Week
Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Course


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It’s a unique, experiential learning program for people with any form of mental illness interested in establishing and maintaining wellness and recovery. Our free10-week course for Individuals with a mental illness is taught by two trained NAMI Pasco peers. ______________________

OR CALL (727) 992-9653

Download a Peer-to-Peer flyer here


Begins Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 10AM to 12 Noon

Medical Center of Trinity West Campus
Conference Room C
5637 Marine Parkway
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Class held every Thursday, ending September 24, 2015

Check out our Peer-to-Peer Outreach Videoat






Check Out Our Snazzy New Brochure!

In the Spirit of Collaboration and Mental Health Recovery…



NAMI Pasco was the benefactor of an amazing gift from Vincent House, Journey to Wellness: A newly designed brochure and print copies. Naturally, our brochure works to help disseminate important information about our advocacy, support, and education for people living with mental illness and the families and caregivers who love them. Vincent House members and staff alike worked diligently, professionally, and with great creative input to bring the project to life.

Vincent House’s mission “is to assist, promote, and celebrate individuals recovering from mental illness, and other disabilities, in their effort to improve social and vocational skills, and become employed in the community.”

Needless to say, Vincent House, we are SO grateful
to you and believe whole-heartedly in your mission!

So print it out! Fold it!
And get it into the hands
of people who need
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NAMI Pasco Affiliate Brochure

Social Media and Mental Health

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What You Need to Know

Katy Fritz is a school social worker and will
discuss forms of social media, potential mental health consequences Hand holding a Social Media 3d Spherefrom social media, and what she has seen from her experiences as a social worker. Join us, Ask questions. Be part of an important discussion. You can download our flyer here: Education Meeting July 2015 NAMI Pasco

RSVPs are not required but much appreciated.
For more about NAMI Pasco call (727) 992-9653.

Date Monday, July 6, 2015
Time 3:30 to 5 PM
Location Rasmussen College
18600 State Rd 54
(at the Corner of Fernview Street)
Lutz, FL 34638



Pasco Roadmap to Treatment Above and Below the Neck!

Get Some Good (Free) Direction for Navigation in Pasco: Learn about Services for Behavioral Health
and Medical Care in Our Big County


Community partners Cheryl Pollock and Rachel Cook from Premier Community Healthcare will lead a discussion on available health services in Pasco County.
The conversation will include benefits of services located in one place for primary health care along with health care for mental illness. A good word to use is “integrated” health care for illnesses that occur above and below the neck! Download a flyer here: NAMI Pasco Monthly Education June 1 2015

Join Us in June at a New,
Late Afternoon Time

RSVPs are not required but much appreciated.
For more about NAMI Pasco call (727) 992-9653.

Date Monday, June 1, 2015
Time 3:30 to 5 PM
Location Rasmussen College
18600 State Rd 54
(at the Corner of Fernview Street)
Lutz, FL 34638

We’re Having a Party!

Join the Fun! (Eat, Dance, Celebrate Awareness of Mental Health Recovery and More!)

Let’s Get Together at the New Port Richey Elks Lodge! Every Ticket Bought Helps NAMI Pasco Advocate for People and their Families Living with the Effects of Mental Illness…

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NAMI Pasco Partners with the “Circle of Veterans Ranch & Rehab Center”

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NAMI Pasco is proud to celebrate its community partnership with The Circle of Veterans and Families Ranch and Rehabilitation Center. The Circle of Veteran’s mission is “to provide a week-long safe haven for our Veterans and their families  in order to begin the journey of healing mind, body and spirit” on a 10-acre ranch in Dade City/Lacoochee, Pasco County.

There is no cost to veterans to participate in The Circle of Veterans.

The non-profit organization was founded by Tice L. Ridley, a recently retired Senior Army Officer with two combat tours that earned him a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. Retired for medical reasons, Tice has firsthand knowledge of family struggles with post-traumatic stress and other trauma-related conditions. The Circle of Veterans integrates Rapid Resolution Therapy and equine therapy to address mental health and human development needs, Both therapeutic approaches are practiced at the Circle of Veterans by specialists with decades of experience in their respective fields at the Circle’s educational and rehabilitative retreats for vets.

NAMI Pasco is proud to open its Dade City Connection Recovery Support Group meetings to all participants of the Circle of Veterans.

Learn about Medication Safety on Monday, April 6!


Enter Leslie Gervase BA, RN-BC, OCN. She’s
the Patient Care Leader for Morton Plant medical-pills
North Bay Hospital. Ms. Gervase will lead a discussion on proper medication storage and more. You can also check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Medication and Safety Program as a primer for our discussion.

Download our  NAMI Pasco April Education Flyer for all the information you need to attend.

RSVPs are not required but much appreciated. Find everything you need to know below. Hope to see you on Monday, March 6, 2015 at Rasmussen College’s Lutz Campus. mental  illness facts 3


Date  Monday, April 6, 2015
Time  5:00 to 6:30 PM
Location Rasmussen College
18600 State Road 54
Lutz, FL.