Speaker’s Forum

A Time to Honor Suicide Prevention – September 2018
This week we shine a light on World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10) and National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 9-15). This is a time to recognize and thank those who are working tirelessly to address this “Silent Epidemic”, including our first responders and media partners. This is also a time to showcase young artists from Child’s Path CCCR and project volunteers from CarMax who raise our spirits with their creative artwork.

THANKS TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS 
We are indebted to our courageous first responders and honor them. We expect so much from them: We have made their jobs harder by not providing easy access to effective mental health services for those in need. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is among the critically important organizations working tirelessly to fill that gap.  

When state and federal mental hospitals were shut down in the 1980s, it wasn’t because mental illness was cured. Many of these patients became homeless. Today, many are warehoused in prisons. YOU can make a difference. If our legislators aren’t supporting mental health funding, they are part of the problem. YOUR VOTE MATTERS!

MENTAL MENDING IN THE NEWS 
We are grateful to the following supportive media organizations that help amplify our messages:

Mourning, A Journey In Progress, Moves Along With You by Deena Baxter. 
Thank you Florida Weekly. Click here to read the article.
Thank you Naples Daily News/USA TODAY. Click here  to read the article. 

Learning From the Darkness and the Light by Deena Baxter. Thanks to èBella magazine  for publishing this article in their July 2018 issue. Scroll to next blog post to read an online version of this article.

May 2018 Is Mental Health Month – A Time for Whole Health by Deena Baxter
Thank you Florida Weekly. Click here to read the article.
Thank you Naples Daily News/USA TODAY. Click here to read the article.


THE ART OF HEALING – WriteOnMyMind.com: A positive way to de-stress is through art. We welcome artwork, photos, poetry, prose and multi-media works created by children, teens and adults for display on our website galleries as well as mental mending blog articles for our website Speaker’s Forum.
We are delighted to showcase Eye Candy Delight from Child’s Path Early Development Center Collier Child Care Resources. This project, “What Makes Me Happy”, offers alens into the inner world of one to five-year-olds and the simple things that bring them joy. All the children from Child’s Path, a CCCR Early Childhood Development Center,were guided by volunteers from CarMax Naples to illustrate what makes them happy, and the result was a colorful mix ranging from birthday cake to the beach! This projectand the volunteers that helped them are wonderful sources of encouragement and social bonding that are so crucial at this stage intheir young lives.Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) is a non-profit organization that provides partial tuition assistance for high-quality early childhood care andeducation toworking families that struggle to afford childcare. Click hereto view more of the Child’s Path artwork.

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE:The next time your wife says, ‘Why do you always have to have the last word?” — don’t answer her. ~ Dan Piraro

ADVOCACY:Author & Mental Health Advocate Deena Baxter is making presentations at venues throughout SW Florida – and nationally. See below for upcomingpresentations. If you have a professional organization, company, civic, social or church group who would be interested in a mental mending presentation, contact her atDeenaBaxter2@gmail.com for more information. To view a summary of past presentations and photos, click here.
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Surviving Suicide - Searching For Normal with Heartache and Humor
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, outreach presentations and advocacy. 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. Click here for eBook information. Hard copies have sold out on Amazon but we have a few for sale at NAMI – contact deenabaxter2@gamil.comThe book has been endorsed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS), serving active and veteran military personnel and their families.

UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS AND EVENTS 
 Author & Mental Health Advocate Deena Baxter is making presentations at venues throughout SW Florida – and nationally. 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. To view a summary of past presentations and photos, click here.
Here are some upcoming presentations. 
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County, FL
Crisis Intervention Training (C.I.T.) Family Panel Presentation
Author & Mental Health Advocate Deena Baxter will be a panelist
6216 Trail Boulevard, Building C
Naples, FL 34108-2835
This is a closed event.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Naples United Church of Christ
WISE Event hosted by NUCC Stephen Ministry Program  
5200 Crayton Rd, Naples, FL 34103
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Sara Griffith Lund, author, “Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness In Our Congregations, in Our Families, and In Ourselves” 
Deena Baxter & NAMI of Collier County, FL, have been invited to attend. 
This is a closed event
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Saturday, November 10, 2018
9:30am – 11:00am: Survivor Panel, Deena Baxter, Moderator
3:00pm: Closing Event led by Deena Baxter  
The Silent Epidemic 2018: A Conference on Suicide 
Hosted by The Kevin’s Song Foundation
The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth MI 48170
For more information, click here click here.
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Saturday, November 17, 2018
Conference Time (Not Confirmed): 10:30am – 1:30pm
Noon – 1:00pm: Survivors Panel – Deena Baxter will be a participant
FGCU/AFSP 2018 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Conference
Florida Gulf Coast University
Benn Hill Griffin Hall, Room TBA
10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Ft. Myers, FL  33965
Open to the public. Registration required.
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Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: 10:30am – 11:45am (Not confirmed)
Naples United Church of Christ
Stephen Ministry New Ministers Training for NUCC 
5200 Crayton Rd, Naples, FL 34103
Nelson Hall, 2nd floor, room 207 (Not confirmed)
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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Best regards,
Deena Baxter and Team NAMI-Collier
The Surviving Suicide and Sudden Loss Project

Website: https://www.writeonmymind.com

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