Friday, January 18, 2013

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Lee County Executive Directory

News Release                                                           Interim Executive Director
January 18, 2013                                                      Kathy Sager                                                   
                                                                                             (239) 337-9024

Ft. Myers, FL. – The Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Lee County, would like to publicly announce Kathy Sager as the Interim Executive Director effective January 18, 2013. Kathy has served as the Program Coordinator for NAMI Lee County the past eleven months and willingly accepted this interim position. “We welcome Kathy to her new position and are confident she will be a dedicated and conscientious leader”, stated Diane Kratt, Board President.

“I am pleased to be able to continue in my passion and empathy for families with loved ones who are struggling with a mental illness. I came to NAMI one year ago with seven years of experience, helping to change the mind set associated with the stigmas attached to our consumers with a diagnosis and our homeless population here in Lee County.” Sager stated. “I have worked this past year as NAMI Lee Coordinator bringing all programs, information and referral, administration, and volunteers to the next level. I will continue to bring forth education and awareness as Interim Executive Director through NAMI’s mission and vision.”

About NAMI Lee County
The mission of NAMI Lee County is to provide timely and accurate information, education and support to individuals, providers, and community members regarding mental health and wellness. NAMI Lee County will advocate at all levels to ensure that all persons affected by mental illnesses are treated fairly, respectfully and in a timely manner.
NAMI Lee County recognizes that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency, and support are essential to improve the wellness and quality of life for all persons affected by mental illnesses. Mental illnesses should not be an obstacle to a full and meaningful life.
In 2012, 3800 people called our Mental Health Information and Referral line, contacted us through email or walked into our outreach offices seeking help with a mental health question; 100% received support. During this same time 98 adults with a mental illness learned how to better manage their illness and their lives through our peer led NAMI Peer to Peer classes. Also during this time many family members learned how to adjust and help their loved one with a mental illness by completing our peer led NAMI Family to Family classes. Last year we had 156 sheriff and city police officers complete Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT). CIT is a 40 hour, nationally recognized mental health intervention and officer safety class. This brings the total number of CIT officers trained to date to more than 500.

Kathleen Sager
NAMI Lee County, Coordinator
P.O. Box 50816
Fort Myers, FL 33994
wk#  239.337.9024
fax#  239.278.3031

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