Left to right: Leanne Hibbetts of NAMI Gainesville, Ali Martinez of the Crisis Center, Marie Fishman of the GOC , Brett Buell of the GOC, and Stuart Wegener. In the front row, Sam Rehtorik, Lauren Cohn, and Kandra Albury of Meridian behavioral Health.

Raising awareness of not only the problems, but some solutions is such an important step regarding helping people living with chronic mental illness. We are honored to be part of a group of community partners who help people regain their lives. Thank you to the Alachua County Commission for recognizing us for the role we play in helping people find a path back into life. Something many of you might not know is that our agencies work together, often helping the same people at various stages of their illnesses and recoveries. Thank you to everyone who helps us help others. NAMI Gainesville Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. Alachua County Crisis Center Alachua County

The commission read an official proclamation declaring May Mental health Awareness month, and thanking our organizations for what we do. Working together is what brings hope.