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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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  • Screenagers: How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?

    March 12, 2018

    Teens spend up to 8 hours a day looking at screens. A new documentary takes a closer look at the ramifications . . . and you can see it at a special upcoming screening.  Dr. Delaney Ruston was asking herself the same question...

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  • DLC FY2016-2017 Annual Report Now Available

    February 17, 2018

    Each year, we publish an extensive annual report to show just how our generous donors and volunteers have helped shape the lives of clients and continue to allow the David Lawrence Center to fulfill its mission.  David Lawrence Center’s fiscal year 2017 provided...

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  • How Holistic Help Heals

    February 13, 2018

    Through a variety of holistic therapy programs, adults and children are finding ways to cope with life's stresses at David Lawrence Center. A 50-something man who was trapped in substance use for years finally found a way to beat his addiction by going...

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  • Bridging the Funding Gap: Why Your Support Is Needed

    December 06, 2017

    Government funding only goes so far at David Lawrence Center, where private gifts and donations are indispensable for the work we do. When it comes to state spending for mental health, Florida ranks 49th in the nation, almost at the bottom. Florida spends...

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  • All We Need Is Love

    December 06, 2017

    Naples Children and Education Foundation, founders of the Winter Wine Festival, will host “Meet the Kids Day” on January 26, where you can meet some of the children that are helped by the community’s support. Erin was having a difficult time negotiating the...

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  • What to Do About Housing Costs

    December 06, 2017

    It is difficult to provide for clients who need a place to live and to retain staff members who face rising housing costs. But you can help make a difference. When James Warnken moved to Collier County in the early 1980s, he was...

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  • Big Gift Was A Big Boost

    November 02, 2017

    A $10,000 gift from an anonymous donor, just as Hurricane Irma was leaving town, came just at the right time—in the wake of a difficult crisis. After Hurricane Irma pounded our community in early September, David Lawrence Center faced a number of urgent...

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  • 50th ANNIVERSARY FACT: When a Community Comes Together

    November 02, 2017

    In 1968, the new Collier County Mental Health Clinic was ready to roll, but they needed funding. The community came together to make it happen. One in a series of articles focusing on the history of David Lawrence Center, which celebrates its 50th...

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  • The Best Thing Ever

    By Sarah

    November 02, 2017

    After surviving an abusive childhood, I was severely depressed, cutting myself, and wanting to die. I ended up at David Lawrence Center . . . and I started to feel hope for the first time. A little over a year ago, I was...

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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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