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Mental Mending Summer Update – Thanks Kappa Psi & Collier Citizen, Welcome new artists at WriteOnMyMind.com
As we wrap up a very busy summer we have lots of good news to share.
Kappa Psi Presentation: Thanks to Grand Regent Robert Mancini and the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Biennial Convention Committee for inviting Deena Baxter to speak on the topic of suicide loss and prevention on August 4, 2017. Her 90-minute plenary presentation to 635 Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc., members and guests included an engaging Q&A. At the conclusion of the session, Dr. Mancini presented Deena with a generous donation to NAMI of Collier County, FL, in honor of The Surviving Suicide and Sudden Loss Project. We are please to recognize Kappa Psi as a new Leadership Sponsor. Development Director Darla Pasteur accepted the check on behalf of NAMI of Collier County. Thanks are also in order for Editor Jay Schlichter and reporter Ashley Collins at the Collier Citizen for their extensive online, video and print coverage on Deena’s presentation, NAMI of Collier County, FL, and Kappa Psi. Click here to view the coverage. 
Thanks to our donors: We would also like to thank some new donors who are helping us “Give mental illness a life-affirming voice.”: Mrs. Norman Sebell (Leadership Sponsor) and members of the Naples United Church of Christ Stephen Ministry Program (Gift of Hope Donors). They, along with Kappa Psi, have been recognized on our home page (http://www.writeonmymind.com/).

Introducing new artwork at WriteOnMyMind.com: “Eye Candy” for the soul – in a range of flavors from bitter to sweet: That’s what you’ll find in new artwork from NAMI of Southwest Missouri Hope Center in Springfield, Missouri. Hope Center Director Addie Blankenship led a recovery-based Self-Expressions Workshop on June 9, encouraging participants to use art to express their journey in recovery from mental illness. Included below are some of the paintings and sculptures. Click here to view more artwork by Abigail, Addie, Anngie, Jillian, Josh, Ra’Mon, Tina and others. We are delighted to be part of their healing.

Introducing Naples, FL, Illustrator: Carl Dean Smeed is a native of Naples, FL, and a long-time member of the Sarah Ann Adult Drop-In Center community at NAMI of Collier County, FL. A self-trained artist, he started drawing at the age of four and developed his talent by observing other artists, practicing and developing his own style. His freehand illustrations, created with felt tip markers, are extremely detailed: most include a profusion of vibrant colors. Inspirations for his illustrations and body art designs (tattoos) come from the joys and sorrows of his life experiences and travels. Click here to view more of his illustrations.
We welcome mental mending blog articles for our website Speaker’s Forum as well as artwork, photos, poetry, prose and multi-media works created by children, teens and adults for display on our website galleries.  
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, 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. Hard copy books are available at Amazon while supply lasts. An eBook is available on Amazon and the Apple store. The book has been endorsed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS).   
Upcoming Presentations & 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. View a summary of past presentations and photos at: http://www.writeonmymind.com/whats-news/.
Here are some upcoming presentations. 
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)
Mental Health Webinar
Presenter: Author and Mental Health Advocate Deena Baxter
This is a closed event.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017 
Lunch speaker: Noon – 1:00pm
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: Out To Lunch: Mending a broken heart and searching for “Normal” after suicide loss
Open to the public. Registration required. Click here for registration and conference information.
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Best regards,
Deena Baxter and Team NAMI-Collier
The Surviving Suicide and Sudden Loss Project

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