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Stay up-to-date with what is happening at the David Lawrence Center with our blog posts.

  • A House Filled with Hope

    December 03, 2019

    Can a house save a life? You bet it can. David Lawrence Center's Crossroads 28-day recovery program does amazing work with people who struggle with addictions. And there are hundreds of success stories to show for it. That’s the good news. The not-so-good...

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  • #StandUp Multimedia Contest – #StandUp for Bullying

    November 25, 2019

    Today, children and teenagers are more at risk than ever to be suffering from mental health issues like anxiety, depression, or even substance use. Another huge issue facing adolescents today that affects mental health is bullying. Between the environment at school and the...

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  • #StandUp Multimedia Contest – #StandUp for Mental Health

    November 12, 2019

    As a teenager, opening up about mental health can be a difficult process. Statistics show that mental health is a serious issue among young people – one in five teens or young adults lives with a mental health condition, and depression is globally...

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  • A Passion for Healing

    October 03, 2019

    Maggie Baldwin has long had a passion for helping people who struggle with mental health and substance use disorders. It’s why she majored in psychology as an undergrad. It’s why she got a master of science degree in mental health counseling. It’s why...

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  • Q&As with DLC’s Prevention Team

    October 03, 2019

    Our DLC Prevention Team provides insight on how to identify and discuss anxiety with your child, and clears up confusion over CBD products. Q: My daughter is in 8th grade and appears to be struggling with anxiety. I’m not sure why. She has...

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  • Hurricane Dorian Update

    August 30, 2019

    David Lawrence Center is closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian, and proactively taking steps to prepare for any shifts in her path that would directly impact SWFL, our clients and our facilities. Currently, we are conducting business as usual, but will keep you updated on...

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  • Reaching the Broken

    July 31, 2019

    Storytellers Creative Arts is bringing hope and healing to DLC clients through a program that breaks through tough exteriors and goes right to the heart. As a child, Bill Barnett worked through his own personal struggles by turning to the arts. As an...

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  • Employee Spotlight: Get to Know Prevention Specialist Jane Teszler

    July 31, 2019

    Name & Title: Jane Teszler, Prevention Specialist, October 2016-Present In her role, Teszler implements evidence-based prevention programs throughout the community, and in both school and after-school settings. Prevention programming focuses on reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors. Youth of all ages, ranging...

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  • Tips for Managing Anxiety & Panic Attacks

    July 15, 2019

    Anxiety is one of the most common mental health symptoms, and people can experience it in varying degrees. You may be feeling everyday stress that you can generally manage, or you could be experiencing an extreme panic disorder that makes it hard to...

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  • Too Many Kids, Not Enough Beds

    June 11, 2019

    One day last November, the children’s crisis stabilization unit (CCSU) at David Lawrence Center was already beyond full, with 11 clients receiving critical care for their urgent needs. But that was only the beginning. By the end of the evening, that number had...

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  • Two DLC Staff Receive Mental Health First Aid Training

    June 10, 2019

    DLC's Ariella VanHara and Jessica Liria were recently certified as MentaI Health First Aid Trainers, and here's how they’re making a difference. Ariella VanHara grew up watching her mom, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), help people in their time of need, and...

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  • Employee Spotlight: Peer Recovery Coach Deb Lewis

    May 08, 2019

    “My Job Is a Dream Come True” As a Peer Recovery Coach, Deb Lewis loves nothing more than helping her clients stay on the road to sobriety. After all, she’s been in their shoes. Deb Lewis gets a little choked up when talking...

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  • Teen Vaping on the Rise

    May 02, 2019

    The nationwide epidemic has hit home in Collier County schools. Just a few years ago, most middle- and high-school students had never even heard of “vaping”– the smoking of e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are handheld devices that heat a liquid solution that usually contains...

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  • What Does A Panic Attack Feel Like?

    April 08, 2019

    Have you ever suddenly started sweating, felt dizzy, began to tremble, and maybe even lost your breath? You might get nauseous, feel numb, or get chills. It may happen when you’re in a stressful situation, or it could just come out of nowhere....

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  • No Easy Road to Recovery

    March 07, 2019

    Do you remember where you were on April 20, 1999? Austin Eubanks will never forget. He was curled up under a table at Columbine High School, fearing for his life. Two students went on a shooting spree that day, in what was then...

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  • Prevention Corner: Getting to Know Prevention Specialist Nicole Combs

    March 07, 2019

    Name & Title: Nicole Combs, Prevention Specialist, May 2015-Present Nicole implements evidence-based prevention programs throughout the community, and in both school and after-school settings. Prevention programming focuses on reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors. Youth of all ages, ranging from pre-kindergarten through 12th...

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  • New State Law Helps Students

    March 07, 2019

    After the death of a family member, a 16-year-old local high school student was struggling with depression. Someone notified the school’s social worker, who began meeting with this young woman. And when the student missed school one day, the social worker notified authorities...

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  • Prevention Corner: How Do I Talk to My Kids About Drugs?

    March 07, 2019

    Q&A with Jessica Liria, M.S. | Supervisor of Prevention Services Q: I know I should be having discussions with my kids about drugs, but I have no idea what to say. How do I bring it up? A: It may seem tough, or...

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  • Mental Health Access Improvement Act

    March 06, 2019

    On January 31, 2019, The Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 286), was introduced into the U.S. Congress. This bipartisan bill, if passed, would expand benefits to Medicare recipients so they can access behavioral health services provided by licensed mental health counselors (LMHCs) and marriage...

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  • Defending the Defenseless

    February 07, 2019

    Mariana Perez has always looked out for the little guy ...and still does so, serving a community in great need at DLC’s Immokalee office. Mariana Perez used to get into fights as a little girl growing up in Colombia ... not because she...

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  • Prevention Corner: Getting to Know DLC’s Prevention Specialist Coral Vargas

    January 07, 2019

    Name & Title: Coral Vargas, Prevention Specialist, July 2017-Present In her position, Vargas implements evidence-based prevention programs throughout the community, in both in-school and afterschool settings. Prevention programming focuses on reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors. Youth of all ages, ranging from pre-kindergarten through...

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  • What Kids Can Do To Stand Up To Bullying

    January 07, 2019

    StopBullying.gov, a Website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has five great tips for kids about how to deal with bullying: Treat everyone with respect Nobody should be mean to others. Stop and think before you say or do...

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  • How to Deal with Bullies

    January 07, 2019

    Here's what one mom has learned after her daughter stood up for a friend in a bullying situation at school . . . and what you can learn from it, too. -By Karen When the phone rang and I looked at my caller...

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  • Helping Inmates Conquer Addictions

    January 07, 2019

    The Project Recovery program in the Collier County Jail system has been around for decades, helping inmates overcome their addictions. And with the opioid crisis that has swept the nation, the need is greater than ever for substance use treatment programs for incarcerated...

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  • In Pursuit of Happy Endings

    November 08, 2018

    She’d often be seen walking the streets of Naples, acting abnormally, talking nonsense, disturbing the peace. But she was no physical threat to anyone. She had been arrested numerous times, but all for naught. She was caught in an ugly cycle of spending...

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  • The Wonders of Canine Love

    November 08, 2018

    Allen liked to stick to himself. And when he interacted with people, he was usually pretty irritable and hard to be around. But when he interacted with Chico, a new side of Allen took over—smiling, talking, happy. That’s what a dog can do....

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  • Treatment not jail; ‘yes’ vote invests in mental health, saves for taxpayers

    October 12, 2018

     The following commentary, by Scott Burgess, David Lawrence Center President & CEO, ran in the Naples Daily News on October 11, 2018 (view the article here). Burgess was asked to explain how the new mental health facility proposed as part of a county...

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  • Bring More Mental Health Resources to Collier County: Vote YES in November

    September 24, 2018

    David Lawrence Center proudly supports the Naples Chamber of Commerce in the One Collier initiative. If you’re not familiar with One Collier, it is a political committee formed in Collier County by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce to support the passage of...

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  • Help for Troubled Students

    September 18, 2018

    Sen. Kathleen Passidomo is Legislator of the Year after passing a bill to provide every child in Florida schools with access to mental health services When State Senator Kathleen Passidomo was asked to chair a committee on education spending in Florida, she rounded...

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  • She Always Had Time to Talk

    September 18, 2018

    After almost three decades of service at DLC, Nancy Scheffer, who helped thousands of people, is lauded with a Lifetime Recognition Award. Nancy Scheffer will never forget that time, years ago, when she was working the midnight shift at David Lawrence Center when...

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  • Gift of Compassion

    August 06, 2018

    Local evangelist makes generous contribution to Mindful Compassion Initiative. Reverend Sheila Zellers of Motivated by Love Ministries is well aware of the toll that mental illness and addictions can take on a family—because she’s seen it in her own. And though she believes...

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  • It Runs in the Family

    August 03, 2018

    Shaun Kelly, son of longtime DLC supporter Polly Keller, has followed in his mother’s footsteps in dedicating most of his adult life to serving the organization. Polly Keller has devoted almost her entire adult life, nearly half a century, to the support of...

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  • Young Executives Catch the Vision

    August 03, 2018

    DLC’s Young Executives bring the center’s mission and message to a younger generation through advocacy, awareness, and fundraising. Allison Durian says she thinks she was born with philanthropy in her blood. “I was fortunate to grow up in Naples,” she says, “and my...

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  • Immokalee Office Meets Local Needs

    July 10, 2018

    David Lawrence Center opened its doors in 1969 with three staff members in a donated storefront. And it wasn’t long before the team realized a satellite office in Immokalee was needed. In the 1970s, DLC added a 12-bed adult substance abuse treatment facility...

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  • Onsite Convenience

    July 10, 2018

    DLC recently marked the one-year anniversary of its on-site pharmacy, located on the main campus. Operated by Genoa Healthcare, the pharmacy has been a great addition to DLC's services, indicating its commitment to integrated care. “It’s a huge convenience for the clients,” says...

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  • When Horses Are Healers

    May 15, 2018

    David Lawrence Center has long offered “horse therapy” as one of its holistic therapy services. But just recently, the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) has donated their equine therapy services to participants in the Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Officially known as “Equine...

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  • A New Feeling of Hope

    May 15, 2018

     “I am a different person than the person who came here. I am saying goodbye to the old me that couldn’t handle the past. I can no longer change the past, but I can live in the present. I have found myself.” That’s...

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  • More Help for Those Struggling with Substance Abuse Challenges

    April 13, 2018

    A federal grant for $360,000 will help DLC partner with the county drug court to help even more neighbors in need. Thanks to a new federal grant, David Lawrence Center will have the opportunity to help even more people in our community who...

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  • Reaching Out to Marco Island

    April 13, 2018

    David Lawrence Center is partnering with the new YMCA facility on Marco Island with an office and a clinician, taking their services to that part of the county. As the new YMCA facility was being built on Marco Island, the team at David...

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  • When Law Enforcement Is On Your Side

    March 12, 2018

    DLC Board Member Kevin Rambosk is a strong advocate for those struggling with mental illness and addiction. And it helps that he’s also our local Sheriff. Since the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla. last month left 17 people dead, students across the...

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