NAMI Nassau County
Submitted by Nancy Bell
September 16, 2021
Nancy Bell, President of NAMI Nassau County FL, an organization that provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives, introduces three very welcome additions to the organization’s board.
Corky Hoffman, Board Treasurer, is a retired forensic accountant who has past involvement with Take Stock in Children, Barnabas and the Guardian ad Litem program. Corky’s assistance as Treasurer is of great value to our all-volunteer 501.c3 non-profit organization.
Jon Hooper, Undersheriff, Nassau County Sheriff’s Department, has been with the department over 23 years and has served in dispatch, undercover narcotics, and law enforcement administration. Given the strong, unfortunate link between mental illness and law enforcement, NAMI is especially honored to have access to his experience and insight.
Ramiro (RJ) Sicre, Government Relations Manager, Florida Public Utilities, is Past President of the Optimist Club, a supporter of Light Up Amelia, and a long-term resident of Fernandina Beach. His personal commitment and the support of “good neighbor” FPU is most welcome.
As we all know, mental health is in the forefront during these challenging and unprecedented times. Even under the best of circumstances, mental illness has often been invisible. Now, with lockdowns, pervasive fear, and a confused and conflicted internet, it is crucial to hear and believe NAMI’s slogan, “You are Not Alone”.
NAMI Nassau County offers free, confidential, peer-facilitated support groups in a judgment-free environment to all adults 18 and over. Our Family Support Group meets the first and third Tuesdays from 6:30-8 PM at the Alachua Club, 32 North 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach. Our Connections Group for those with mental health challenges meets every Friday from 11-12:30 PM in the Game Room at Council on Aging, 1901 Island Walkway, Fernandina Beach. For more information, please check out our updated website at www.naminassauflorida.org, telephone 904-277-1886 (leave message), contact [email protected] or attend one of our meetings.