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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
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
One Alcoholic Or Addict Working With Another
AN ALCOHOLIC FELL IN A HOLE and couldn’t get out. A businessman went by and the addict called out for help. The businessman threw him some money and told him to buy himself a ladder. But the... Read MoreRead More About This News
I DIDN’T LOOK LIKE AN ALCOHOLIC
What does an alcoholic “look like” anyway? If I had a nickel for every time somebody told me I didn’t “look like” an alcoholic, well…  What was I supposed to look like? Disheveled,... 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
Helping Inmates Conquer Addictions
The Project Recovery program in the Collier County Jail system has been around for decades, helping inmates overcome their addictions. And with the opioid crisis that has swept the nation, the need... 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
The Wonders of Canine Love
Allen liked to stick to himself. And when he interacted with people, he was usually pretty irritable and hard to be around. But when he interacted with Chico, a new side of Allen took... 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
She Always Had Time to Talk
After almost three decades of service at DLC, Nancy Scheffer, who helped thousands of people, is lauded with a Lifetime Recognition Award. Nancy Scheffer will never forget that time, years ago, when... Read MoreRead More About This News
Gift of Compassion
Local evangelist makes generous contribution to Mindful Compassion Initiative. Reverend Sheila Zellers of Motivated by Love Ministries is well aware of the toll that mental illness and addictions... Read MoreRead More About This News
It Runs in the Family
Shaun Kelly, son of longtime DLC supporter Polly Keller, has followed in his mother’s footsteps in dedicating most of his adult life to serving the organization. Polly Keller has devoted almost... Read MoreRead More About This News
Young Executives Catch the Vision
DLC’s Young Executives bring the center’s mission and message to a younger generation through advocacy, awareness, and fundraising. Allison Durian says she thinks she was born with... Read MoreRead More About This News
Immokalee Office Meets Local Needs
David Lawrence Centers opened its doors in 1969 with three staff members in a donated storefront. And it wasn’t long before the team realized a campus in Immokalee was needed. In the 1970s, DLC... Read MoreRead More About This News
Onsite Convenience
DLC recently marked the one-year anniversary of its on-site pharmacy, located on the main campus. Operated by Genoa Healthcare, the pharmacy has been a great addition to DLC's services, indicating... Read MoreRead More About This News
When Horses Are Healers
David Lawrence Centers has long offered “horse therapy” as one of its holistic therapy services. But just recently, the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) has donated their equine therapy... Read MoreRead More About This News
A New Feeling of Hope
 “I am a different person than the person who came here. I am saying goodbye to the old me that couldn’t handle the past. I can no longer change the past, but I can live in the present. I have... Read MoreRead More About This News
More Help for Those Struggling with Substance Abuse Challenges
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 Centers will have the opportunity... Read MoreRead More About This News
Reaching Out to Marco Island
David Lawrence Centers 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... Read MoreRead More About This News
When Law Enforcement Is On Your Side
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Screenagers: How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
DLC FY2016-2017 Annual Report Now Available
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 Centers to... 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
Crossroads Launches New Outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment Program to Fight Opioid Addiction
Naples, FL - David Lawrence Centers, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and families, is pleased to... 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
What to Do About Housing Costs
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
New Hope for Opioid Addicts
A program combining the drug Suboxone with therapy will help people break their addiction to opioids . . . to break free and live life again. Greg started experimenting with drugs in high school,... Read MoreRead More About This News
Big Gift Was A Big Boost
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
50th ANNIVERSARY FACT: When a Community Comes Together
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... 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
Family Members with Substance Abuse Problems: How Can You Intervene?
When a loved one is struggling with addiction, it is natural to want to help. Finding the best way to help is one of the most important parts of the addiction recovery process. Each individual is... Read MoreRead More About This News
Riding the Storm Out
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 Centers . The clients, all at our... Read MoreRead More About This News
Free Community Support Groups for Coping After Irma
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
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