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  • Riding the Storm Out

    October 02, 2017

    Teamwork and Selfless Service in the Face of Adversity When Hurricane Irma hit, there were 20 clients, 29 staff, 5 dogs, and 2 cats holed up at David Lawrence Center. The clients, all at our inpatient facility, did not really have the option...

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    Free Community Support Groups for Coping After Irma

    September 22, 2017

    Not all of the damage from Irma is visible to the naked eye. Are you or someone you love struggling with the emotional and psychological impacts of Hurricane Irma? You are not alone. Natural disasters are traumatic, sudden, and overwhelming--oftentimes leaving survivors feeling...

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  • A Bigger (And More Positive) Impact than Irma

    September 20, 2017

    Contribute to DLC's Collier Mentally Strong Match Fund As many in our community are facing scarce resources and difficult conditions, they desperately need our services due to the psychological toll Irma has taken on them. We have limited storage space, but a mission...

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  • Hurricane Irma Update – 9/17/2017 2:00 pm

    September 15, 2017

    Hurricane Irma Update September 17th 2:00 p.m. Power and phone lines are now fully operational at our main campus in Naples and the Horseshoe Drive Satellite Office but NOT at our Immokalee location. As a result, David Lawrence Center will be fully operational...

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  • Generous Grant to Help Children

    September 05, 2017

    A $150,000 matching grant from the Schulze Family Foundation, their second large gift in as many years, will help complete our children’s outpatient center. For the second straight year, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has provided David Lawrence Center with a generous...

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  • “It’s Okay to Struggle. It’s Normal.”

    September 05, 2017

    New board member Dr. Reisha Brown, a pediatrician, wants families to know that mental health challenges are quite normal, and that help is available. In her 10 years practicing as a pediatrician in Naples, Dr. Reisha Brown has seen a steady rise in...

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  • “I just want to make a difference”

    September 05, 2017

    County Commissioner Andy Solis is working hard to make our community’s mental health system more effective and efficient. On the one hand, Andy Solis knows how good things are in Collier County. After losing everything to a Communist dictatorship in Cuba, his parents...

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  • 50th ANNIVERSARY FUN FACT: The First Lady of Mental Health

    September 05, 2017

    One in a series of articles focusing on the history of David Lawrence Center, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. It’s been 47 years since Polly Keller was dubbed “The First Lady of Mental Health” by the Collier County Mental Health Clinic...

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  • 50th ANNIVERSARY FUN FACT: Who Is David Lawrence, Anyway?

    August 08, 2017

    One in a series of articles focusing on the history of David Lawrence Center, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2018. David Lawrence Center wasn’t always known by that name. Founded as the Collier County Mental Health Clinic in 1968, it didn’t take...

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  • Eyes Wide Open

    August 08, 2017

    As the man described a difficult and dangerous journey with his personal war on drugs — including crime, fights, and prison — two high school girls listened in disbelief. Abby and Rachel, seniors at the prestigious Community School of Naples, had never heard...

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  • 50th Anniversary Fun Fact: A Tree Grows in Naples

    July 05, 2017

    One in a series of articles focusing on the history of David Lawrence Center, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2018. If you’ve visited David Lawrence Center, you’ve no doubt seen the huge banyan tree in the front parking lot. You can’t miss...

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  • Driven to Provide Exceptional Care

    July 05, 2017

    David Lawrence Center’s Community Services cover a wide range of things — including driving to all corners of Collier County’s nearly 2,000 square miles. That requires reliable transportation, and that’s why we’re grateful for a recent $15,000 gift from the Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church...

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  • A Place of Sanctuary

    July 05, 2017

    Interior designer Lisa Kahn, whose teen daughter turned her life around at DLC, brought the outdoors indoors to provide a peaceful setting for children. In the 1980s, the Japanese invented something they call shinrin-yoku, loosely translated to English as “forest bathing.” It’s the...

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  • “Eye-Opening and Rewarding”

    July 01, 2017

    Pam seemed withdrawn, almost hostile. A teenage girl in the partial hospitalization program at David Lawrence Center, Pam clearly didn’t want to have anything to do with the activity. Eight graduate students at Florida Gulf Coast University, all pursuing master’s degrees in occupational...

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  • “Like Hell on Earth”

    By Alberto

    July 01, 2017

    No one should have to live like I did a few years ago. It was about as bad as you could imagine. I hated my life, and I thought about killing myself . . . especially when I thought about how far I’d...

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  • “I Would Lash Out at My Family”

    June 05, 2017

    Giselle’s anger was out of control, and it hit her family the hardest . . . sometimes quite literally. When Giselle lost her cool, she would yell and scream, throw things, break things, and strike her siblings. Her mom, a single mother of...

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  • What You Need to Know About 13 Reasons

    By Karen Buckner, David Lawrence Center Director of Children’s Community Services

    June 05, 2017

    13 Reasons Why, the Netflix TV series about a high school girl’s suicide, is popular with teen viewers, in spite of its dark, heavy, and controversial subject matter. Parents and mental health experts can’t agree on whether it’s appropriate for teens to watch:...

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  • Five Decades of Changed Lives

    By Scott Burgess, David Lawrence Center President and CEO

    June 05, 2017

    Don’t you just love a celebration? So do I and we are busy planning the 50th Anniversary of David Lawrence Center. And you’re invited! We want the entire community to join us in marking this milestone. It’s a big deal . . ....

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  • Like Hell on Earth

    By Alberto

    May 05, 2017

    No one should have to live like I did a few years ago. It was about as bad as you could imagine. I hated my life, and I thought about killing myself . . . especially when I thought about how far I’d...

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    Music Therapy’s Unique Power to Promote Healing

    By Michael Rohrbacher, Ph.D., MT-BC, Associate Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music & the Arts

    April 28, 2017

    Therapy for mental illness is about change in the best possible way. Now think about music and you'll realize that music is rich with change. The notes of the melody change. Rhythms constantly change. Chords change. Continual change is one of many commonalities...

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    Healthcare Network Moves In Launching a New Collaboration to Treat the Whole Person

    By Michael Ellis, Chief Executive Officer Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida

    April 24, 2017

    We are excited about the new collaboration that starts May 1st, 2017 between David Lawrence Center and Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida. This alliance of two longstanding healthcare providers will benefit the clients and patients of both organizations, as it creates a new...

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    April’s Alcohol Awareness Month Provides Educational Opportunities to Help Parents Talk to Adolescents about the Impact of Alcohol Use and Offers Hope to Those Struggling

    April 06, 2017

    Each April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. In keeping with this year’s theme -- “Connecting the Dots:...

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    Music Therapy Enriches DLC’s Holistic Care Approach

    By Phara L. Morame, Acute Care Clinical Supervisor

    April 04, 2017

    As the clinical supervisor of our Crisis Stabilization Unit, I oversee the holistic care we provide to clients—therapies that address the full range of their psychological, emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Our new music therapy program, which we recently started in cooperation with...

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    Pharmacogenetic Testing Can Save Lives

    By Dr. Elena Zerpa, DLC Child & Adolescent Staff Psychiatrist

    April 04, 2017

    David Lawrence Center has recently added pharmacogenetic testing for our clients, and this innovative tool is already proving extremely helpful. Let me explain a bit about what this testing is and does. Each of us has a unique genetic makeup. The genes we...

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  • Another Evidence-Based Therapy Added to Outpatient Treatment

    By Natalie Garcia, LMHC Director of Admission Services and Outpatient Therapy Services

    March 05, 2017

    David Lawrence Center has added the evidence-based treatment tool called Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR) to our arsenal of outpatient therapies. Several of our therapists are already trained in the therapy and are using this effective technique to help clients suffering a wide range...

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  • Meet Local Mental Health Heroes at our Mental Health Month Open House and Grand Opening in May

    March 01, 2017

    During National Mental Health Awareness Month, each year in May the mental health community joins together to reaffirm our commitment to building a better understanding of mental illnesses, increasing access to treatment and spreading awareness about the importance of good mental health for...

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  • Changing Lives One Step at a Time

    By By Jeanne Nealon, Laces of Love co-founder and president

    January 30, 2017

    In 1981, I was a young middle school teacher in Naples. One day, I drove a student home to a migrant camp. He was wearing the worst pair of shoes I’d ever seen. What’s more, they didn’t fit the boy. “Oh Miss, I...

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  • Help One Person – and You’ve Done a Lot

    By By Pastor Paul Foslien, Living Word Family Church in Naples

    January 30, 2017

    It all started over breakfast with Scott.  Scott Burgess, the CEO of David Lawrence Center, is a parishioner of Living Word Family Church in Naples, where I am pastor. During fellowship, Scott told me DLC needs basic items for people who come to...

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  • Mental Health Challenges Facing Teens & College Students

    By By Elena Zerpa, MD, Child and Adolescent Staff Psychiatrist

    January 27, 2017

    Did you know suicide is the second most common cause of death among today’s college students? A growing number of students have significant psychological problems, with increased levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. I believe this disturbing trend results from many factors. Today’s...

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    New Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program Fills a Gap in Treatment

    By Natalie Garcia, LMHC, Clinical Director for Outpatient Therapy and Admission Services

    January 24, 2017

    We are very excited about our new Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), which serves teens 13 to 17 years old. This is the age range of most minors in our Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit which is where many of the participants in the...

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  • Our Partnership with David Lawrence Center is a Win-Win

    By Kevin Rambosk, Collier County Sheriff and DLC Board Member

    January 04, 2017

    All of us are stakeholders when it comes to addressing mental illness and addiction issues in our community. This is one of the reasons I became a member of the David Lawrence Center Board of Directors. We at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office,...

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  • GRANT AWARDED TO ENHANCE FORENSIC REINTEGRATION

    January 03, 2017

    The State of Florida Department of Children and Families awarded Collier County Housing, Human and Veteran Services a criminal justice mental health and substance abuse reinvestment grant to expand the Collier County Forensic Intensive Reintegration Support Team (FIRST) program. The three-year grant totals...

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  • “PEOPLE HAVE A HEART TO GIVE.”

    By DARCY TAYLOR, DIRECTOR OF CONSTITUENT RELATIONS

    January 03, 2017

    Each year, as we plan our "Magical Musical Tour; Dancing through the Decades" annual gala, we identify a specific area of need within David Lawrence Center and the community that would benefit from a special funding segment, in which all funds raised go...

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  • My New Year’s Resolution? I Resolve NOT to Resolve.

    By Mary R., DLC Volunteer Recovery Blogger

    January 03, 2017

    Resolutions didn’t work for me.  Not on New Year’s, not ever.  And I guess I’m not alone.  Something like 200 million Americans will make a New Year’s resolution this year.  Fewer than eight percent will keep them.  Think about all those new pieces...

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  • BEAT THE HOLIDAY BLUES: TIPS FOR COPING WITH DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

    By MARY R.

    November 30, 2016

    Holidays are joyful, festive times. Right? So why do they feel like an overwhelming minefield of triggers and temptations to people who suffer from addiction, mood swings, depression and anxiety? Maybe we have unrealistic expectations of how we’re supposed to feel during the...

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  • New Program Helps Prevent Opioid Overdoses and Accidental Deaths

    By Free access to NARCAN® Nasal Spray now available

    November 30, 2016

    In order to combat opioid overdoses and accidental deaths which have quadrupled since 2000, David Lawrence Center now provides free access to NARCAN® Nasal Spray, the FDA-approved intranasal form of naloxone. Thanks to funding provided by the Department of Children and Families, this...

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  • “I WANT MY ARTWORK TO HELP PEOPLE CHANGE.”

    By Jayde

    November 30, 2016

    Before starting counseling services with David Lawrence Center (DLC), I was hopeless and felt nothing would ever change. I had several admissions to the Crisis Unit because I wanted to end the pain I felt inside. It seemed like no one around me...

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  • COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT FUNDS NEW OUTDOOR FITNESS AND RECREATION AREA FOR EXPANDED CHILDREN’S CRISIS UNIT

    November 30, 2016

    The Children’s Crisis Unit outdoor space is going green… literally. Thanks to a $6,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County, we are now able to create an outdoor fitness and recreation area that promotes healing and recovery. The Children’s Crisis Unit...

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  • CIT PROGRAM TRAINS 1,000TH GRADUATE

    November 24, 2016

    David Lawrence Center, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) recently celebrated a momentous milestone when the 1,000th graduate of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training program was honored along with fellow classmates during a recent graduation...

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  • Powerful and Energetic “Decades” Show Planned at Magical Musical Tour 2017 Gala

    November 02, 2016

    Shine up your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie at the “Magical Musical Tour – Dancing Through the Decades” 2017 gala, to celebrate David Lawrence Center’s 50 years of serving the mental health and addiction services needs of our community. Being that...

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