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National Recovery Month & Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Break the Myth, Break the Stigma
By DLC Community Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria, M.S. Myths and Facts about Suicide Myth: People who threaten suicide just want attention. Fact: The attention a person receives from... Read MoreRead More About This News
Recovery for All: The Universal Longing to Restore our Sense of Wholeness
By Lisa Gruenloh, MPAP, CPC, Founder and President of Purpose Journey® When the word “recovery” is mentioned in the context of behavioral health, many of us instinctively think of addiction... Read MoreRead More About This News
Tips to Help Children Develop Emotional Intelligence Skills  for Mental Well-being and Resilience
By Lisa Gruenloh, MPAP, CPC, Founder and President of Purpose Journey® For children, mental health largely involves the development of emotional and social skills that directly impact their... Read MoreRead More About This News
3 Movies to Talk about Mental Health with Children
By David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) Community Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria, M.S. Inside Out Are there good and bad emotions? No! We don’t want to label our... Read MoreRead More About This News
Youth Mental Health: A Reality Check
-By David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) Community Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria, M.S. Childhood, a period of simpler times…right? For many adults, the first two decades of... Read MoreRead More About This News
Want to reduce stress and enhance well-being? Experiment with journal writing.
By: Lisa Gruenloh, MPAP, CPC For many of us, life has never been more complex, uncertain and stress ridden. It’s reflective of the world we live in, as well has the unique challenges each of us... Read MoreRead More About This News
How Summit Church Addresses Mental Health
By: Summit Church Summit Church is a Baptist, three-campus church in Fort Myers, Gateway, and Naples with a combined weekly attendance of about 2,000. The church aims to be such an integral part... Read MoreRead More About This News
DLC Narcan Kits
By: Ashley Valvano Per CDC reports, more than 107,000 Americans died from overdoses in the last year. Narcan (Naloxone) is a potentially life-saving medication designed to help reverse the effects... Read MoreRead More About This News
4 Ways to Start a Conversation about Mental Health
By Children’s Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria, M.S. 1. Take advantage of opportunities around you. Utilize the present moment to talk about what is happening in front of you. As you and your... Read MoreRead More About This News
Home Base Florida & DLC Announce New Mental Health Services for Veterans and Families Impacted by the Invisible Wounds of War
There are more than 1.5 million Veterans in Florida representing the third largest Veteran population in the United States. It is estimated that 1 in 3 Veterans returns home with an invisible wound.... Read MoreRead More About This News
DLC Celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month with First-Ever Mind Your Mind Community Day
Naples, Fl – In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC), Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit behavioral health provider serving... Read MoreRead More About This News
Wise and Paulson Join David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health Development Team
Naples, Fl – David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC), Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit behavioral health provider serving children, adults and families, has welcomed... Read MoreRead More About This News
Help & Hope for Veterans
How DLC is partnering with a local nonprofit to help with invisible wounds Jason, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, served on more than 100 combat missions in Iraq. Like many veterans, he came home... Read MoreRead More About This News
“Before I found David Lawrence Centers, I was merely existing”
My name is Aome Rogers, and I am Communications Director for DLC Advocates, formerly known as DLC Young Executives. The importance of mental health resources in any community is vital. I grew up... Read MoreRead More About This News
Community Advocacy: How to advocate for positive change in your community
By: Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, director of government relations at the Greater Naples Chamber Advocacy can play an important role in building a stronger community, but the prospect can be... Read MoreRead More About This News
Moorings Park Foundation Grant Funds Behavioral Health Treatment for Seniors at David Lawrence Centers
Naples, Fl – David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC), Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit behavioral health provider serving children, adults and families, has received... Read MoreRead More About This News
How to prioritize mental wellness in 2022
- By DLC Children’s Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria, M.S. Ringing in the new year is an age-old tradition to celebrate our experiences over the last 12 months, to acknowledge the challenges... Read MoreRead More About This News
Caregiver Fatigue: Take Steps to Cope with Stress 
-By DLC's Access and Outreach Clinician, Cindy Gallo. Taking care of a loved one who has a chronic illness such as Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, physical disabilities, or any other age-related... Read MoreRead More About This News
David Lawrence Centers Installs New Officers
Naples, Fl – David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC), Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit behavioral health provider serving children, adults and families, has... Read MoreRead More About This News
8 Ways to Improve Your Overall Wellness
-By David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) Children’s Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria, M.S. Many thoughts come to mind when considering the term “wellness.” Examples include... Read MoreRead More About This News
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... 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
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