Speaker’s Forum

Honoring Memorial Day by Celebrating Mental Healing & Restoration


Thank you Florida Weekly, Naples Daily News and BetterAfter50.com for helping us celebrate National Mental Health Month (May), erase the stigma of mental illness, and shine a bright light on the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Collier County, FL. Click here to read the article by Deena Baxter that ran Florida Weekly’s Healthy Living section (Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Naples editions.)  Click here to read the Naples Daily News Guest Commentary. Click here to read BA50 article.


We look forward to launching a new art project with members of HOPE Clubhouse in Fort Myers, FL, this week. Stay tuned for the debut of more artwork in the galleries at http://www.writeonmymind.com.


Author & Mental Health Advocate Deena Baxter is making presentations at venues throughout SW Florida – and beyond – for The Surviving Suicide & Sudden Loss Project, in partnership with the NAMI-Collier. 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. We also welcome artwork from children, teens and adults for display on our website galleries: http://www.writeonmymind.com/the-art-gallery/.


On April 14, Elaine Stoffer, president of the Naples Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA), welcomed Deena as the guest speaker at the WCA Speaker’s Series. It was an honor to have NAMI-Collier’s new CEO Pamela Baker in the audience.


The Kevin’s Song Foundation invited Deena to be the plenary breakfast speaker at The Silent Epidemic: A Conference on Suicide, April 9, 2016, in Plymouth Michigan. Her presentation focused on helpful ways to navigate through sudden loss and shined a bright light on NAMI of Collier County’s mental health programs and services as well as NAMI-Michigan Executive Director Kevin Fischer and local NAMI staff. Click here to view a summary of the conference and photos: http://www.writeonmymind.com/whats-news/.


Collier Citizen (FL), the New York Times and The Washington Post published important articles on suicide in late April. Links to the three articles and Deena’s NY Times letter to the editor have been posted at http://www.writeonmymind.com/whats-news/.


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 (click here) and from major booksellers. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) endorsed the book and has listed it on their website as a resource. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS) has also endorsed her book and includes it in their Survivors Packets for military families.


Be safe and well as we honor Memorial Day U.S.A. this coming weekend,
Team NAMI-Collier & Deena Baxter

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