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  • Warning Signs of Children’s Mental Health Concerns

    May 04, 2020

    Mental health challenges can be difficult to identify because, unlike physical ailments, the signs and symptoms can be subtle or even hidden. By understanding the 10 warning signs below, identified by our Children's Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria, you can be better prepared to...

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  • #StandUp for Mental Health Awareness Month

    May 04, 2020

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month and with COVID-19 still affecting millions, directly and indirectly, it is an opportune time to increase education and identify resources.  Regardless of whether you personally need support or not, there are many things that can be done...

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  • Local Drug Court Team: One of the Nation’s Best

    May 04, 2020

    Local Drug Court Team earns national recognition, thanks in no small part to DLC’s commitment to the program. Collier County Judge Janeice Martin says she’s a “fan of second chances.” That’s why she enjoys her role overseeing Drug Court, which seeks to help...

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  • Getting to Know DLC’s Prevention Specialist Kelly Ballesteros Buitrago

    April 16, 2020

    Name & Title: Kelly Ballesteros Buitrago, Prevention Specialist In her position, Kelly Ballesteros Buitrago 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...

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  • Getting to Know DLC’s Prevention Specialist Vanessa Rivero Gil

    April 16, 2020

    Name & Title: Vanessa Rivero Gil, Prevention Specialist In her position, Vanessa Rivero Gil 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,...

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  • COVID-19 Tips & Resources for Parents

    April 09, 2020

    With many parents spending an increased amount of time at home with their children in light of COVID-19, David Lawrence Center’s Children’s Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria provides the following list of eight coping tips for parents to mindfully make it through these times...

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  • Tips for Mindfulness During COVID-19

    March 30, 2020

    Tips for Mindfulness and Coping with Stress around COVID-19 DLC's Children's Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria provides some ideas and suggestions for how to practice mindfulness amidst the stress and challenges that COVID-19 has presented to our society.  Gaining New Perspective As the number...

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  • New Hospital Bridge Program Provides Peer Counseling for Addiction

    March 18, 2020

    Oftentimes, people struggling with addiction go back to old habits immediately after being helped by rescue personnel or in emergency rooms, ignoring the pleas of doctors and nurses to get additional help. However, someone who has gone through similar experiences – someone who...

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  • Give Where You Live Collier

    February 04, 2020

    Give Where You Live Collier is a Collier County-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy for selected nonprofits through online giving. Donations will be amplified with $500,000 in matching funds from the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family...

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  • Advocacy Request: #StandUp for Mental Health by Contacting your Local Legislators

    January 14, 2020

    Naples Daily News recently published an editorial called, "It's time for Legislature to improve Florida's weak record on mental health" that includes comprehensive information about current mental health challenges and legislative initiatives -- and encourages YOU to let our Legislators know the improvements...

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  • Collier County Commissioners Pass First-Ever Mental Health and Addiction Services Strategic Plan

    January 13, 2020

    And the Aye’s have it! With a unanimous 5-0 vote from Collier County Commissioners, 2020 marks the first year of the County’s first-ever strategic plan for how to better care for residents struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. The five-year plan,...

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  • Arely Guzman

    Employee Spotlight: Get to Know Prevention Specialist Arely Guzman

    December 12, 2019

    Name & Title: Arely Guzman, Prevention Specialist, October 2018-Present. In her role, Guzman 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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  • DLC’s New FACT Team: “A Hospital without Walls”

    December 12, 2019

    David Lawrence Center has a new FACT (Florida Assertive Community Treatment) team that provides community-based mental health care for adults experiencing severe and persistent mental health challenges. The FACT team includes nurses, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a housing specialist, a vocational specialist, a...

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  • Hope for the Holidays

    December 09, 2019

    Coping with depression around the holidays As the refrain “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” plays in every store and radio station across the country, the holidays are anything but wonderful for many. Though depression may occur at any time of...

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  • #StandUp Multimedia Contest – #StandUp for Substance Use Recovery

    December 09, 2019

    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 one of the leading causes of illnesses and disability among adolescence. Struggling with...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Coral Vargas

    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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