Speaker’s Forum

A New Year, New Updates – Mending A Broken Humpty Dumpty

We’ve been busy since late autumn with mental mending presentations and advocacy outreach, adding new artwork on our website galleries www.WriteOnMyMind.com and fulfilling book orders.  

Thank you BetterAfter50, Florida Weekly Naples, and the Naples Daily News for helping us encourage folks to put mental health at the top of their Bucket List for 2017: Click here to view our Mending Humpty Dumpty articles: BA50.comFlorida Weekly, Naples Daily News     

Artwork debuts at www.WriteOnMyMind.com: We are happy to announce new life-affirming artwork by Oscar Anthony Azmitia and several other expressive and creative members of the Sarah Ann Adult Drop-In Center, Naples, FL. The artwork by Anthony, Melissa, Sara and others can be viewed at  http://www.writeonmymind.com/the-art-gallery/. We welcome artwork, photos, poetry, prose and multi-media works created by children, teens and adults for display on our website galleries. Two new art projects will debut in the spring.

Book Update: This fall we completed the fulfillment of 45 orders for 2100 hard copies of SURVIVING SUICIDE – Searching for “Normal” with Heartache and Humorby author Deena Baxter. Hard copy books will be available at Amazon while supply lasts. The eBook debuted on Oct. 11, 2016 and is available on Amazon and the Apple store.  

Upcoming Presentations & Events: Author & Mental Health Advocate Deena Baxter is making presentations at venues throughout SW Florida – and beyond – for The Surviving Suicide & Sudden Loss Project, a partnership with the NAMI-Collier. Since the fall she has given presentations at two NAMI-Collier Crisis Intervention Training sessions for law enforcement first responders; gave the keynote presentation at the November 19th FGCU/AFSP International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day conference at Florida Gulf Coast University; and presented to the Hazelden Family Support Group and to a Stephen Ministry Continuing Ed. group on Feb. 1st, 2017. See below for upcoming presentations. 

If you have a professional organization, company, civic, social or church group who would be interested in a mental mending presentation, contact her at DeenaBaxter2@gmail.com for more information. View a summary of past presentations and photos at: http://www.writeonmymind.com/whats-news/.

Here are some upcoming presentations. 

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 10:30am – 11:45am
Naples United Church of Christ
Stephen Ministry New Ministers Training for NUCC and First Presbyterian Church
5200 Crayton Rd, Naples, FL 34103
Nelson Hall, 2nd floor, room 207
Presenter: Author and Mental Health Advocate Deena Baxter
Topic: Understanding Suicide – A Lived Story of Sudden Loss & Search for “Normal”
This is a closed event
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Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00pm, Lunch Speaker
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Missouri
NAMI-Missouri Annual Conference
Holiday Inn Expo Center
2200 I-70 Drive S.W., Columbia, MO 65203
Presenter: Author and Mental Health Advocate Deena Baxter
Topic: SURVIVING SUICIDE – Mending the Family Tree with Heartache, Art and Humor
Book signing with all proceeds flowing to NAMI-MO
Open to the public. Registration required.
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Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 12:30pm Luncheon Speaker
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Michigan
NAMI-Michigan Annual Conference
Detroit Marriot Livonia
17100 Laurel Park Drive North, Livonia, MI 48152 
Presenter: Author and Mental Health Advocate Deena Baxter
Topic: OUT TO LUNCH – Searching for “Normal” After Suicide
Book signing with all proceeds flowing to NAMI-MI
Open to the public. Registration required.
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Conference Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Presentation Time: 11:00am
Survivors of Suicide (S.O.S.) Macomb County, MI, Annual Conference
Macomb Intermediate School District Building
44001 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township MI 48038
Presenter: Author and Mental Health Advocate Deena Baxter
Topic: MENTAL MENDING – Searching for “Normal” After Suicide
Book signing with all proceeds flowing to S.O.S. Macomb County, MI
Open to the public. Registration required.
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Friday, August 4, 2017
Plenary Presentation: 10:30 – Noon
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Biennial Convention
Convention Theme: “Preserving our Future”
Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Dr, Naples, FL 34103
Presenter: Author and Mental Health Advocate Deena Baxter
Topic: UNDERSTANDING SUICIDE – A Lived Story of Sudden Loss & Search for “Normal”
For members only. Registration required.
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Thursday, November 9 – Saturday, November 11, 2017 
Presentation Time: TBA
The Silent Epidemic: A Conference on Suicide
Hosted by The Kevin’s Song Foundation
The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth MI 48170
Presenter: Author and Mental Health Advocate Deena Baxter
Topic: TBA
Open to the public. Registration required.
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About The Surviving Suicide & Sudden Loss Project: After losing her youngest adult son to suicide, Deena Baxter launched The Surviving Suicide & Sudden Loss Project in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County, FL, in September 2014. The project’s mission is to promote life-affirming mental wellness. It includes a book, a creative arts website, www.WriteOnMyMind.com, and outreach presentations. The book is titled, SURVIVING SUICIDE – Searching for “Normal” with Heartache and Humor: All profit from book sales flows to NAMI of Collier County, FL. Books can be ordered on our website (http://www.namicollier.org/surviving-suicide-order-page/) and from major booksellers. The book has been endorsed by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS).   

We wish you good health and a belated Happy 2017,

Deena Baxter & Team NAMI-Collier

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