Welcome to the website of NAMI Hernando! This is where you will find information about who we are, what we do and the various programs we offer to help raise the quality of life for those living with mental illness (Consumers) and those who love and support them. All of our programs are free and open to all who are interested. The best way to check us out and see if we can be of assistance to you is to click on any of the links to the left.

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What's New at NAMI Hernando


Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Sign in: 8am - Start: 8:30am

At the North Campus of
Pasco-Hernando State College

11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Brooksville, FL 34601

Register Before March 31 - $30 Public - $15 Students
Free for children under 12

Register online on Active.com

Proceeds benefit NAMI on Campus,
North Campus Human Services Club,
NAMI of Hernando and Vincent Life Skills Center
For more information, contact Eddie Williams at williad@phsc.edu

Sponsor Letter.pdf Sponsorship Details.pdf

Hernando Cares

Hernando Cares Behavioral Health Resource Guide
Resource guide for mental health and/or substance abuse services.

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Our Newest Sponsors

WREC Florida Gas & Electric Gorman & Company, Inc. WestBridge
United Way
Fool's Gold Sidewalk Sale
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Fool's Gold Sidewalk Sale

April 1, 2017 | 8am-2pm
Where: NAMI Hernando's Beautiful Mind Center
10554 Spring Hill Drive | Spring Hill, FL 34608

All proceeds go to benefit NAMI Hernado, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our Mission is to promote mental health wellness in our community through education, support, advocacy, empowerment and outreach.

View event information here.

For more information or to donate items please call 352-684-0004

Kentucky Derby "Daze" Fundraiser
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Kentucky Derby "Daze" Fundraiser 2017

Join us for an afternoon of big fancy hats, fast horses and jokeys as we take part in "The Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports!"
Read more about our fundraiser goals in this letter to the community.

Purchase your tickets here!

Location: Strong Tower Winery
When: May 6 | 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Cost: $35 per person
Tickets/Info: 352-684-0004

Kentucky Derby Daze Fundraiser Sponsorship Form.pdf

- From the Hernando Sun-

Vincent House expanding to Hernando County

By Sarah Nachin

Before seeking help from Vincent House, said Justin Shea, “I left a six month indentation on my parents’ couch… I wouldn’t go outside…” He explained that in high school he was energetic and outgoing, but then he was diagnosed with a mental illness. “And all that was taken away from me,” he said.

Shea compares recovering from mental illness to recovering from a stroke.

“If someone has a stroke, they have to learn how to talk. They have to learn how to walk. For me, I had to learn how to wake up and be a productive citizen. I had to learn the simple things that we take for granted.”

The transitional work programs at Vincent House in Pinellas Park helped Shea do just that. “These two transitional employment programs at Vincent House helped me get back on my feet again,” explained Shea.

Click here to continue reading the article on the Hernando Sun website.

- From the Tampa Bay Times -

Clients see what the future holds for Hernando's Vincent Academy

By Dan DeWitt, Hernando Times Columnist
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mike Armani rode in the back seat of a Ford van one morning last week, on his way to Vincent House in Pinellas Park and — he hoped — to his main goal.

"I just really want a job," said Armani, 29, of Spring Hill.

Finding jobs is the specialty of Elliott Steele, 69, who guided the van down the Suncoast Parkway, and his wife, Dianne, 67, who sat in the passenger seat.

They are the founders of Vincent House, which they were driving to on the way to their main goal: creating a similar center of support and employment — to be called Vincent Academy Adventure Coast — for Hernando and Pasco county residents with mental illnesses.

Click here to continue reading the article on the Tampa Bay Times website.

County donates property for facility to provide mental health services

By Barbara Behrendt, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BROOKSVILLE — The longtime dream of a center to assist local residents in need of mental health support services moved a step closer to reality this week when the Henando County Commission agreed to give 7.7 acres to the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Click here to continue reading the article on the Tampa Bay Times website.

State budget helps address mental illness in Hernando

By Dan DeWitt, Hernando Times Columnist
Thursday, March 24, 2016

BROOKSVILLE — The state budget signed last week by Gov. Rick Scott includes money for two projects designed to shore up Hernando County's scanty network of services for mentally ill residents.

The Hernando County School District will receive $500,000 to establish project StarFISH, which emphasizes early intervention for elementary and middle school students with mental health and behavior conditions.

Another $250,000 will go for a local Vincent House, a project the local chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness has been working on for more than a year.

The house, modeled after a facility that opened 13 years ago in Pinellas Park, would be a refuge for residents suffering from depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It would provide a venue for support groups and counseling. And it would teach work skills with the goal of helping mentally ill residents to return to work.

"Vincent House is a proven model," said David Lambert, the board chairman of Hernando County NAMI and spokesman for the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative.

"It's a great recovery through work program," he said. "It teaches people life skills and gets them employable again."

Florida ranks 49th out of 50 states in mental health funding, said NAMI executive director Joanne Schoch, and Hernando ranks near the bottom of funding for counties in the state.

The appropriation for Vincent House and StarFISH were pushed by lawmakers representing Hernando, Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, and Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby.

The county also has been supportive of Vincent House, Lambert said, and helped identify unused county-owned lots that might be suitable for the building. One of the main criteria, he said, is proximity to a bus route because many prospective clients are unable to drive or do not own a car.

NAMI's plans call for a 7,000-square-foot building, with 2,000 feet for NAMI offices and 5,000 for Vincent House.

It will cost a total of more than $1 million, and funding it will come partly from donations, such as the $125,000 raised last year with a "Dancing with the Local Stars" event.

StarFISH, the last four letters of which stands for Facilitating Individual Success and Hope, is based on an earlier program the district ran at West Hernando Middle School, said Judy Everett, the district's supervisor of exceptional student education.

"These are tried-and-true methodologies," she said.

The money will pay for counselors and other mental health professionals to work side by side with teachers, incorporating therapy into education.

The program includes outdoor recreation that gives the students valuable lessons on working together. It also will provide art therapy classes with the therapy part more noticeable to instructors than students.

"To the kids, it just looks like art," Everett said.

The funding will allow for one class at a middle school and two at yet-to-be-determined elementary schools.

The focus is on younger children, Everett said, because the previous project showed that many of the destructive behavior patterns were too deeply ingrained to change by adolescence.

She acknowledged that the program will be expensive to start but that it might eventually be paid for with Medicaid payments. Also, she said, it's cheaper than the long-term alternatives for deeply troubled young people, including, in some cases, institutionalization.

"Our goal is to keep these kids in Hernando and help them graduate and keep them with their families," Everett said, "because that's how I think we get the best outcomes."

Contact Dan DeWitt at ddewitt@tampabay.com; follow @ddewitttimes.

Click here to read the article on the Tampa Bay Times website.

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ALL of Our Members, Families, Sponsors,
Consumers, & Volunteers
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Nativity Lutherans Church

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NAMI Hernando Office Location

West of Mariner on the south side
of Spring Hill Drive

10554 Spring Hill Drive
Spring Hill, FL 34608

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Office hours may vary.

Beautiful Mind Outreach Center
Monday through Thursday: 9am - 3pm

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