Brooke Shields Rallies Community to Address Mental Health Crisis; Dennis Quaid Announced as Next Year’s Featured Speaker

Brooke Shields Rallies Community to Address Mental Health Crisis; Dennis Quaid Announced as Next Year’s Featured Speaker

Naples, Fl – As the demand for mental health and substance use services continues to skyrocket in Collier County, David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC), the county’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit behavioral health provider, held its annual Signature Event, Sound Minds®, on Thursday, March 21, 2024. This moving and thought-provoking event featured actress, best-selling author, model, entrepreneur, and mental health advocate Brooke Shields and raised $1.5 million to provide access to care for Collier County children, families, and adults, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay for services.

In a conversation with mental health advocate Jennifer Trammell, Shields deftly navigated between heartfelt and humorous. She spoke candidly about her mental health journey, first as an idolized child star, then through her mother’s battle with alcoholism, and culminating with her frightening experience with post-partum depression. Recognizing the critical need to address mental health issues and destigmatize conversations surrounding them, Shields has become a vocal proponent for open dialogue and understanding.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, our staff, and the almost 9,000 individuals we serve annually at David Lawrence Centers, we are beyond grateful for the community’s support tonight – and every day – as we tackle Collier County’s worst mental health crisis in its history,” said DLC CEO Scott Burgess.

“This event not only shines a spotlight on mental health awareness, but it has also become a must-attend evening in our community,” shared Dr. Amy Quinn, who chaired the event alongside her husband John Quinn. “We have seen this event grow into one we will look forward to each social season,” added John Quinn.

Building upon the momentum of the successful evening, David Lawrence Centers revealed that Emmy Award-Winning Actor and Two-Time Golden Globe Nominee Dennis Quaid will take the Sound Minds stage for its event next season.

Dennis Quaid is known for his roles in hit films “The Rookie,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “Traffic,” “Vantage Point,” “Frequency,” “The Parent Trap,” “Soul Surfer,” “The Right Stuff,” “Breaking Away,” “Midway,” and many more. In 2022, Quaid co-starred with Jake Gyllenhaal in Disney’s animated adventure film “Strange World.” On the film and television side, Quaid’s recent big- screen credits include starring roles in Netflix’s uplifting film “Blue Miracle,” Sony’s thriller “The Intruder,” Universal’s “A Dog’s Journey,” and “A Dog’s Purpose,” and Roadside Attractions’ “I Can Only Imagine,” among others. Quaid recently completed production portraying the 40th president of the United States in the biopic “Reagan,” produced by Mark Joseph and directed by Sean McNamara. Alongside his acting career, Quaid is also a respected singer-songwriter with hundreds of thousands of miles under his belt as a recording and touring musician who’s been playing music since his grandfather bought him his first guitar.

A riveting speaker, Quaid will certainly captivate the audience with engaging stories about his illustrious film career and stories behind the highly personal songs that populate his inspirational album, “Fallen,” released in 2023 via Gaither/Primary Wave. Quaid is often quoted as saying that his faith saved him and helped him conquer his addiction to substances.

About David Lawrence Centers
Southwest Florida nonprofit David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) is a national leader providing compassionate, advanced, and exceptional mental health, substance use, and integrated healthcare solutions, available for children, adolescents, and adults. DLC’s innovative treatment includes inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based services – a comprehensive system of care funded by community and government support. Each year, DLC serves 9,000 people through over 341,000 treatment sessions.

For more information about Sound Minds tickets and sponsorships, visit or contact DLC at 239-354-1419 or

Mar 22, 2024 | Press Releases

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