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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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  • 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 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 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 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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    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 DLC Family Care

    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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  • Create your own music.

    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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