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West Coast Women Features SFD Executive Director Marlene Hauck

She wants us to start having a conversation about mental illness — to learn more and not be afraid or ashamed — all in ... continue reading

Actress/singer Jennifer Holliday headlines Sunshine From Darkness mental health fundraiser

Actress and singer Jennifer Holliday, the original star of “Dreamgirls,” will headline the annual fundraising dinner for Sunshine From Darkness on Jan. 13 at the ... continue reading

Ken Burns’ “Hiding in Plain Sight…”: Candid Interviews, Canned Conclusions

by Miranda Spencer A few months back, I reviewed a small, independent film called “Just Like You: Anxiety and Depression.” It was designed to educate youth, ... continue reading

New 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launched as Sarasota faces mental health crisis

The new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – a nationwide program launched in mid-July to help make mental health care more accessible – arrives ... continue reading

7 Bradenton-area schools will be part of a new brain health pilot project

Stephanie Peabody talked about her vision for building a brain healthy community at Lakewood File photo by James A. Jones Jr. / Bradenton Herald ... continue reading

Deanna Silva

Even beauty queens get the blues Severe post-partum depression after the birth of her twins gave Deanna Silva — Mrs. USOA Florida 2022 — ... continue reading

Daniel Fisher

From patient to professional After his own experience of schizophrenia, Daniel Fisher became a psychiatrist to humanize the mental health system and help others ... continue reading

Gabrielle Lennon

‘I thought I was God’s little voodoo doll’ As a child, Gabrielle Lennon suffered with OCD, depression and an eating disorder. As an adult, ... continue reading

Kimberlee Gerstheimer

‘When are you going to erase the line in the sand?’ Kimberlee Gerstheimer was once paralyzed by panic attacks. Dance and determination set her ... continue reading

Elaine Sephton

From corporate consultant to mental health crusader Elaine Sephton spent most of her career feeling like an imposter. Now she’s found her true calling. ... continue reading