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Board of Directors Meetings 2015
2015 Planning Meeting:  Tuesday, January 20
Hancock Bank, 2453 Mahan Drive

Tuesday, February 17, 6pm - Hancock Bank, 2453 Mahan Drive


Tuesday, March 17, Hancock Bank, 2453 Mahan Drive


Tuesday, April 21, Hancock Bank, 2453 Mahan Drive


NAMI Florida - Advocacy Rally
Tuesday, March 24 - Capitol - Tallahassee, FL
9:30 am - Rally and Speakers, Old Capitol Steps, 400 S. Monroe Street
Schedule an appointment now to utilize the rest of the day to visit your local legislators. An advocacy training, NAMI Smarts, will be held Monday evening, March 23 from 5 to 9 pm at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 2198 N. Meridian Road, Fellowship Hall, Tallahassee, 32303.  For additional information and register for the advocacy training on Monday evening, contact or call 850.671.4445.

"NAMI-Signature Programs," the Apalachee Center's Lunch and Learn
Apalachee Center Inc, 2634 Capital Circle NE, Building J
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 12 noon to 1 PM

Join us to find out more about the programs offered by the Tallahassee affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  A presentation hosted by Apalachee Center Inc. as part of their ongoing Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series.


Free Breakfast for Mental Health Professionals
The IHOP, 2225 N. Monroe Street
Monday, January, 26 - 7 to 8 AM

We're eager to share information about all the free evidence-based programs we're offering through NAMI Tallahassee.  Plan to stop by, have a pancake or an egg and a cup of coffee, and get to know us better!  For more information or to RSVP, link to


NAMI Basics is a free, six-session, peer-directed education program developed specifically for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental illness or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. A separate series of the six sessions is available to professional caregivers. Connect to this video link regarding the course. 

To register, please complete the online registration form linked here or for more information, email Register early as the class is capped at 20 attendees (each).

The inaugural class was held January 2014.  All teachers are volunteer and the classes are subject to their schedules. We are currently accepting applications to attend the 2015 courses as noted below. 

Once your application is received, you will be contacted to determine if the course is appropriate for your needs. When we have enough participants classes will be scheduled. Family caregiver classes will meet 6 consecutive weeks for 2 1/2 hours. Professional caregivers will meet on 3 consecutive Saturdays for morning and afternoon sessions with a lunch break in between sessions.

  • Dates for Professional Caregivers:
    Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 7, 2015 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Location: Apalachee Center, 2634 Capital Circle NE, Building J

CIT Training (Crisis Intervention Training): 2015 Courses Scheduled

Recent Graduation Class 

A 40-hour training program for law enforcement officers in the Big Bend area.  CIT is sponsored by the Tallahassee Police Department, the Leon County Office of Court Administration and NAMI-Tallahassee.  Crisis Intervention Teams provide a police based response to persons experiencing a mental health emergency.

Thank you to Magellan Health Care for their assistance in underwriting the cost of this program and Apalachee Center for providing classroom space. 

Two trainings are scheduled for 2015:  the weeks of May 11-15 and July 27-31.

Family-to-Family 12-week Education Program
Enrollment open for classes scheduled for Sept. 2015.
Link to  Local Programs navigation tab to register for future classes.

Mental Health Awareness Month: Always in October, established by the US Congress in 1990.

NAMI Smarts Advocacy Training
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 4:30 pm
Free, but registration is encouraged
Wellness Center, Room 2500, 960 Learning Way, FSU Campus

Take this opportunity to prepare to participate in the 2015 Behavioral Health Day and learn to advocate for local issues. Smarts is a NAMI Signature training program designed to facilitate conversations with key government contacts and legislators.  Modules 1 and 3 will be taught by Dr. Sandra Van Pelt of Orlando on October 25th and is sponsored by NAMI-Tallahassee and NAMI on Campus at FSU.

The curriculum will focus on the following material: Family member stories; peer stories; stories of loss; 7 steps to telling your story; practice sheets; feedback; common salutations; how to contact elected officials and orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official.

Link to the online form to register or call 850.544-4522. Additional information on the Smarts program is linked here. Parking is available near the Center. Link to map

Holiday Party and Annual Membership Meeting/Potluck
December 2015 - Location to be Annouced

The annual holiday party provides our members a chance to meet new members, visit old friends and recognize the hard work of our outgoing Board Members and Committee volunteers.  The main entree and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a side dish of veggies, salad or dessert to share with others. 

We also elect officers for the coming year. The affiliate always needs volunteers to chair and be members of the Standing Committees.  We invite all members to participate in all Board meetings, and hope you will volunteer to work on one or more of the committees.  If everyone gives a small portion of their time to help, NAMI Tallahassee can be a more effective voice for mental health in our community.

We have valuable services to offer our community as well as a need to continue to support local, state and national advocacy issues.  We are fortunate to have people like you that continue to offer their wisdom, expertise, time, enthusiasm and support.  We look forward to seeing you!

          Past Events We're Especially Proud Of:

 October 25, 2014 - 9:30am-4pm
"The 2014 Gathering" - Big Bend Mental Health Peer/Family/Advocate Conference
TCC Capitol Center, 300 W. Pensacola St.

Click on the conference graphic to view the full program
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The 2014 Gathering was a free full-day education and dialogue about mental illness for individuals, families and friends. Conference organizers designed a program which includes topics such as: accessing resources from local providers; self-advocacy; obtaining government benefits; advance directives; affordable housing; and many more. Conference facilitators include mental health and legal professionals, representatives from the FSU College of Medicine, peers and advocates.


TallyTIES hosted its 3rd Annual Celebrity Ties Auction and Gala on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at The Woman’s Club of Tallahassee. A formal gala, the event featured an auction of celebrity neckties and other celebrity autographed memorabilia to raise money and awareness for NAMI-Tallahassee. This will be a great evening filled with music, celebrity guest appearances, drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors who assisted in the success of this event:

Presenting Sponsors
Cumulus Radio
Klassic Katering
The Loretta and Leigh Norgen Foundation

Golden Sponsors
Apalachee Center
All-Star Enterprises

Red Carpet Sponsors:
The Law Firm of Freidman and Abrahamsen
Kool Beanz Café
The Shoe Box

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