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Workplace burnout: 4 common symptoms and how to prevent it
-By DLC Children’s Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria, M.S. The average full-time employee working 40 hours per week spends about 25% of their total living time “on the clock.” That’s... Read MoreRead More About This News
David Lawrence Centers CEO Featured on the Good Neighbor Podcast
Recently, the David Lawrence Centers CEO, Scott Burgess, was featured on the Good Neighbor Podcast to speak about how David Lawrence Centers serves the Collier County community. Take a listen to... Read MoreRead More About This News
Shining the Light on ADHD and Mental Health
-By DLC Children's Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria, M.S. Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood concern that may extend into adulthood. It is characterized as a... Read MoreRead More About This News
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: There is hope. There is help.
By DLC's Children’s Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria, M.S. With mental health concerns being both common and on the rise, it's important to be aware of warning signs that those around us need... Read MoreRead More About This News
DLC Employee Spotlight – Pursuing Professional Growth
One incredible thing about our staff at DLC is that they are always looking to get even better at the great work they are already doing. Two of our clinicians — Britten Grayden and Kylie Sumner... Read MoreRead More About This News
Good Times for a Great Cause: Chip in for DLC Co-Chairs Passionate about Raising Mental Health Awareness
Peter Michaels isn’t likely to break 100 when he plays in the 8th Annual Chip in for DLC Golf Tournament this October. But he doesn’t care. Because for him, it’s not about the competition.... Read MoreRead More About This News
Keep Your Mental Health in Mind this May (and Always)!
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, DLC Children’s Outreach Specialist Jessica Lira, M.S. provides these helpful tips to strengthen and protect your mind: Prevention is Essential The... Read MoreRead More About This News
DLC to Host Free Virtual Presentations During Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and DLC has a great way for you to get involved! We will be hosting FREE, virtual presentations throughout the month addressing common mental health concerns,... Read MoreRead More About This News
A Tribute to a Generous Man: Duane “Pat” Stranahan, Jr.
For nearly 25 years Duane Stranahan, Jr, belovedly known in the Naples community as Pat, along with his wife Robin, have been steadfast supporters of David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health. Our... Read MoreRead More About This News
Media’s Influence on Mental Health
By DLC Children's Outreach Specialist, Jessica Liria, M.S. In today’s world, the power of the media is more apparent than ever. Whether it is TV, music, social media sites, news articles,... Read MoreRead More About This News
“MY SON CAN’T SIT STILL AND WON’T PAY ATTENTION. HOW DO I KNOW IF HE HAS ADHD?”
By Dr. Brent Lovett Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) affects between 3 to 5 percent of all children. The disorder is more common in boys than girls and is most common in school age... Read MoreRead More About This News
Tips to Stay Positive this Holiday Season
-By DLC Children’s Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria, M.S. The holiday season is quickly approaching, and many of us have mixed emotions about it. There is no doubt that our celebrations of joy... Read MoreRead More About This News
Free Mental Health Screenings in Collier County
DLC has joined several behavioral health organizations throughout Collier County and Lee County to establish a community-wide initiative called Healthy Minds. This initiative was developed in... Read MoreRead More About This News
Returning to School in the Age of COVID-19
The new school year is well under way and what a difference six months has made! For many parents and guardians, choosing the best back-to-school option has been difficult. There were pros and cons... Read MoreRead More About This News
Feeding Your Brain: Your Mental Health Will Thank You!
-By DLC Children's Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria, M.S. It is not often that I see shoppers in the grocery store reading the labels of the food they purchase. I admit, I was not usually one to do... Read MoreRead More About This News
SAMHSA’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness
-By DLC Children’s Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria, M.S. What comes to mind when you think of the term “wellness?” Is it being physically fit? Of sound mind? Being self-sufficient? The... Read MoreRead More About This News
How to Build Skills through Coping Strategies      
By DLC Children’s Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria Sadness, anger, anxiety—these are normal human emotions that everyone feels. So why do some of us have a harder time managing them than... Read MoreRead More About This News
Warning Signs of Children’s Mental Health Concerns
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
#StandUp for Mental Health Awareness Month
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Local Drug Court Team: One of the Nation’s Best
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Getting to Know DLC’s Prevention Specialist Kelly Ballesteros Buitrago
Name & Title: Kelly Ballesteros Buitrago, Prevention Specialist In her position, Kelly Ballesteros Buitrago implements evidence based prevention programs throughout the community, and in both... Read MoreRead More About This News
Getting to Know DLC’s Prevention Specialist Vanessa Rivero Gil
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
COVID-19 Tips & Resources for Parents
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Tips for Mindfulness During COVID-19
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
New Hospital Bridge Program Provides Peer Counseling for Addiction
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Give Where You Live Collier
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Advocacy Request: #StandUp for Mental Health by Contacting your Local Legislators
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Collier County Commissioners Pass First-Ever Mental Health and Addiction Services Strategic Plan
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Employee Spotlight: Get to Know Prevention Specialist Arely Guzman
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
DLC’s New FACT Team: “A Hospital without Walls”
David Lawrence Centers has a new FACT (Florida Assertive Community Treatment) team that provides community-based mental health care for adults experiencing severe and persistent mental health... Read MoreRead More About This News
Hope for the Holidays
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
#StandUp Multimedia Contest – #StandUp for Substance Use Recovery
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
A House Filled with Hope
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
#StandUp Multimedia Contest – #StandUp for Bullying
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
#StandUp Multimedia Contest – #StandUp for Mental Health
 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... Read MoreRead More About This News
A Passion for Healing
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Q&As with DLC’s Prevention Team
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Hurricane Dorian Update
David Lawrence Centers 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.... Read MoreRead More About This News
Reaching the Broken
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Employee Spotlight: Get to Know Prevention Specialist Jane Teszler
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Tips for Managing Anxiety & Panic Attacks
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Too Many Kids, Not Enough Beds
One day last November, the children’s crisis stabilization unit (CCSU) at David Lawrence Centers was already beyond full, with 11 clients receiving critical care for their urgent needs. But that... Read MoreRead More About This News
Two DLC Staff Receive Mental Health First Aid Training
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Employee Spotlight: Peer Recovery Coach Deb Lewis
“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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Teen Vaping on the Rise
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.... Read MoreRead More About This News
What Does A Panic Attack Feel Like?
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
No Easy Road to Recovery
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Prevention Corner: Getting to Know Prevention Specialist Nicole Combs
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
New State Law Helps Students
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
How Do I Talk to My Kids About Drugs?
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
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