NAMIWalks Your Way - Jacksonville
Oct. 10, 2020 - A National Day of Hope
Our Inaugural Year of NAMIWalks!
This has been a year to remember. And one to recover from as well. We have never witnessed such a radical change brought upon a society before — certainly not in our generation — one which has presented challenges, many of them unforeseen, not only to our physical health, but to our mental health as well. Never have we at NAMI felt our calling so strongly. Our collective mental health needs are at their greatest and NAMI Jacksonville is committed to NAMI’s mission of helping individuals and families affected by mental illness build better lives - no matter what. As with so many other events around the world, our NAMIWalks here in Jacksonville is going virtual.
NAMIWalks Your Way means what it sounds like: we will all walk in solidarity for mental health awareness, but you get to make NAMIWalks your own. The goal is the same - only virtual and with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination, the depth of your compassion. You can be assured that NAMI Jacksonville’s work will go on. That’s because our community is made up of people like you, and WE THANK YOU!
NAMIWalks Your Way - Jacksonville starts with a month long virtual walk experience, and we ask you to join in a way that is safe and comfortable. Whether you walk in your neighborhood with your family, run on your treadmill, or simply have a real or virtual party in your home, everyone can join together as a community to raise hope and awareness for mental illness. We encourage participants to livestream and post their NAMIWalks Your Way activities on social media as a way to stay connected. On Oct. 10, 2020 on World Mental Health Day , we will be joined by over 70 other NAMIWalks sites across the country in a day of solidarity and awareness called Mental Health for All: A Day of Hope.
#NAMIJax #MentalHealthforAll #NotAlone
Virtual Support Options
It is important to take care of yourself during this time and NAMI Jacksonville is here for you.
We are continually seeking how to provide our members and community with the support and quality programs that are at the core of our mission. We are exploring how to bring you ALL of our programs by trained NAMI leaders that follow the model of NAMI's programs. Please know that NAMI Jacksonville is here for you and we encourage you to find the support you need in these difficult times.
NAMI Jacksonville's Support Groups have gone Virtual On Zoom!
NAMI Florida has listed various virtual NAMI support groups available in our region for both Connections Recovery Support Groups and Family Support Groups occurring on many days and times during the week. Please visit www.namiflorida.org to find the listings.
Helplines and Resources
Below are some resources you may find helpful in lieu of our in-person support programs. Please also check our social media feeds for resources and information for virtual support during this time of crisis.
Florida Blue and New Directions Behavioral Health have teamed up to offer a hotline to help Floridians deal with their anxiety over the COVID-19 crisis. Specially trained behavioral health counselors will answer the phone 24-hours a day and offer assistance in both English and Spanish. To receive assistance, please call 833-848-1762.
Florida Crisis and Warm Lines:
NAMI Jacksonville Resource Line (904) 724-7782 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FL Central Florida Crisis Line (407) 425-2624 24/7
FL MHA SETH Line (954) 578-5640 M-F 6pm-10pm
National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline:
M-F 10 am – 6 pm ET
Text “NAMI” to 741741
Visit nami.org/covid-19 for NAMI’s response and information on COVID-19.
NAMI Helpline Coronavirus Information and Resources Guide:
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
WHO WE ARE
The families and members of NAMI Jacksonville are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness.
Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect persons of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character.
Our Vision is that persons with severe and persistent mental illness can recover and lead productive and meaningful lives within their community of choice.
The Mission of NAMI Jacksonville is to support and improve the quality of life for family members and those living with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse through compassion, education, and advocacy.
Help is immediately available. If you (or someone you know) are feeling suicidal, call 1-800-273-TALK or 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish-speaking callers.