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Mental Health Awareness Events in Gainesville

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Meridian has compiled a list of Mental Health Awareness events that will take place this month around town in order to celebrate and educate our community on Mental Health. We look forward to seeing you all at some of these events around  as we working together to spread awareness of Mental Health.
  • “Reading for Resilience: A Literacy-Based Approach to Preventing Adolescent Suicide”
When: Sun, May 3, 10:45am – 11:45am Where: United Church of Gainesville, located at 1624 NW 5th Ave (map) Description: Author Shelley Fraser Mickle and educator Mary Anne Wagner will discuss the Turning Hour Project, an educational approach begun in the 2005 school year in the Alachua County Public Schools. In light of recent teen suicides in our community, this project offers positive ideas for dealing with a difficult issue. The project was one of eight winners of the 2006 Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Programs in Suicide Prevention. Contact Judy Broward at for more information.
  • National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week; May 3rd-9th
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is the National Federation’s yearly event, geared toward raising awareness to the issues and causes integral to the children’s mental health field in each of the communities across the country. This Year’s Theme: Mental Health is Fundamental.
  • SAMHSA’s Awareness Day 2015; May 7th
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. On Awareness Day SAMHSA will address the needs of children, youth, and young adults with mental health and substance use challenges and their families. A national launch event will take place in Washington, DC.  The national event will highlight strategies for integrating behavioral health with primary health care, child welfare, and education.
  • NAMI- Florida Leadership Academy; a three-day training which teaches leadership and advocacy skills to peer, family, and parent leaders in mental health recovery. Learn how to become a mental health advocate, Improve communication skills with providers and government agencies, Learn the “etiquette of advocacy”, Learn how to lead, empower and spearhead shared decision making
Dates: May 8-10 Time: Each day 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Location: Helping Hands Clinic, 501 NE 1 Street, Gainesville Space is limited to 25 people $35 stipend paid upon completion of the course Registration is required (Click for registration form) Contact for registration and information: Michael McMally, (tel: 239-260-7313)
  • Within our Reach: We Can Talk About Mental Health
When: Sat, May 16, 3pm – 6pm Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, Gainesville, 4000 Northwest 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32653, United States (map) Description: Stop the Stigma and join us for music, refreshments, education, guest speakers and much more.
  • Partnership for strong families; Partner Family Roundup
When: May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Sante Fe river ranch
  • Community Health Fair – Picture a healthier you.
When: Thursday, May 28, 2015; 8:30 a.m. – Noon Where: Hilton UF Conference Center, 1714 SW 34 Street Ballroom Gainesville, FL 32607 Price: Free Description: Join us for the annual UF Health Community Health Fair. Blood pressure screening Cholesterol screening – total cholesterol, HDL and triglycerides (no fasting required) Glucose screening (no fasting required) Bone density screening Body composition

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