• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “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: 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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  • 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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  • DLC Music Therapy with logo

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “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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  • Feeling Good and Doing Good

    By Diana Pleeter, General Manager, Foundation of Pelican Marsh, Inc.

    November 02, 2016

    By Diana Pleeter, General Manager, Foundation of Pelican Marsh, Inc. What could be better than feeling comfortable in jeans while supporting a great cause? But let me backtrack . . . Foundation of Pelican Marsh, Inc. is a homeowners association that takes care...

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  • David Lawrence Center Achieves Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission

    October 19, 2016

    Naples, Fl – The David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce it has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health...

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  • NEARLY NEW THRIFT STORE DONATIONS CAN NOW BENEFIT DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER THROUGH NEW AFFILIATION

    By Loyal Encore Resale Shop customers can now continue to support DLC

    October 06, 2016

    Our loyal Encore customers and donors can now continue to support David Lawrence Center through a new collaboration with Nearly New Thrift and Consignment of Naples. Located just down the street from our former Encore Resale Shop location which closed in July, Nearly...

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  • BARNES & NOBLE BRIGHTENS CHILDREN’S DAYS AT DLC

    By JESSICA OLSON, COMMUNITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, BARNES & NOBLE, INC.

    October 04, 2016

    It all started with my tour of David Lawrence Center.  As we walked through the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit, I learned that the center is enlarging the space. I was amazed at the great need in our community for mental health services for...

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  • NEW ONSITE PHARMACY SERVICES WILL ADVANCE INTEGRATED CARE

    October 04, 2016

    David Lawrence Center has partnered with Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company (Genoa), the sixth largest drug chain in the United States with over 325 pharmacies located on the campuses of community mental health centers, to provide integrated, full service pharmacy services on-site for...

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  • SCIENCE PROVES IT: GIVING MAKES YOU HAPPY AND HEALTHY!

    August 30, 2016

    Research shows that charitable giving makes you feel happy and optimistic. What’s more, acting generously even helps you live longer! Plus, when you give, others will too. 5 Ways Giving to the David Lawrence Center is Good for YOU Giving to David Lawrence...

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  • MATCHING GRANT KICK STARTS CRISIS UNIT EXPANSION FUNDING

    August 29, 2016

    Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant provided by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and two lead gifts from local philanthropists Jodi Bertholdt and Jerry Nichols, the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit Expansion has been fully funded. The funds will cover the $250,000 construction...

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  • DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER PARTICPATES IN BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS THIS AUGUST

    July 25, 2016

    David Lawrence Center is participating in several Back to School events throughout the month of August to spread the message to parents and their kids about our services and promote health and wellness through drug prevention and education and how to live mentally...

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  • Your Naples Mental Health Center

    July 01, 2016

    Mental health is part of who we are: it is comprised of our emotional, psychological and social well-being. The lifetime chances of being affected by a mental health problem — whether it is your own or that of someone you know — is...

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  • DLC BREAKS GROUND ON NEW CHILDREN’S OUTPATIENT SERVICES BUILDING

    June 28, 2016

    In June, members of the DLC Board of Directors and executive management along with our contractor Heatherwood Construction gathered to celebrate the official ground breaking of the new Children’s Outpatient Services Building. This new building will be located on the main Polly Keller...

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  • LEAGUE CLUB GRANT HELPS EXPAND CHILDREN’S INPATIENT ART THERAPY PROGRAM

    April 26, 2016

    More children on the Crisis Stabilization Unit will benefit from the highly effective, evidence-based holistic art therapy service thanks to a $10,800 grant from the Community Trust Fund of The League Club, Inc. The Crisis Stabilization Unit is an inpatient mental health unit...

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  • FUNDRAISING EFFORTS UNDERWAY TO EXPAND CHILDREN’S SERVICES

    April 26, 2016

    In May, construction will begin on the expansion of the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit. The project will add four additional beds to our campus bringing the total bed capacity to eight for children and adolescents in need of emergency mental health care. The...

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  • DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER YOUNG EXECUTIVES AND GULF COAST RUNNERS HOST BEACH BUM 5K APRIL 15, 2016

    March 29, 2016

    Naples, Fl – The David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce that the David Lawrence Center Young Executives in partnership with Gulf Coast Runners will host...

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  • CELEBRATE, SHARE AND EMBRACE YOUR FEELINGS INSIDE AND OUT THIS MAY DURING MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

    March 22, 2016

    Mental Health Month was started nearly 70 years ago by our local community partner Collier County Mental Health Association’s national organization, Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. This year’s Mental...

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