Mental Health

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mental Health Access Improvement Act
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Defending the Defenseless
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Prevention Corner: Getting to Know DLC’s Prevention Specialist Coral Vargas
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
What Kids Can Do To Stand Up To Bullying
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
How to Deal with Bullies
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
In Pursuit of Happy Endings
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Treatment not jail; ‘yes’ vote invests in mental health, saves for taxpayers
 The following commentary, by Scott Burgess, David Lawrence Centers President & CEO, ran in the Naples Daily News on October 11, 2018 (view the article here). Burgess was asked to explain how... Read MoreRead More About This News
Bring More Mental Health Resources to Collier County: Vote YES in November
David Lawrence Centers proudly supports the Naples Chamber of Commerce in the One Collier initiative. If you’re not familiar with One Collier, it is a political committee formed in Collier... Read MoreRead More About This News
Help for Troubled Students
Sen. Kathleen Passidomo is Legislator of the Year after passing a bill to provide every child in Florida schools with access to mental health services When State Senator Kathleen Passidomo was asked... Read MoreRead More About This News
How Holistic Help Heals
Through a variety of holistic therapy programs, adults and children are finding ways to cope with life's stresses at David Lawrence Centers . A 50-something man who was trapped in substance use... Read MoreRead More About This News
Bridging the Funding Gap: Why Your Support Is Needed
Government funding only goes so far at David Lawrence Centers, where private gifts and donations are indispensable for the work we do. When it comes to state spending for mental health, Florida ranks... Read MoreRead More About This News
All We Need Is Love
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
The Best Thing Ever
After surviving an abusive childhood, I was severely depressed, cutting myself, and wanting to die. I ended up at David Lawrence Centers . . . and I started to feel hope for the first time. A... Read MoreRead More About This News
“I Would Lash Out at My Family”
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
What You Need to Know About 13 Reasons
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
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