MHCC News

VIDEO: ‘Mental illness sounds like a label but it really is not, it’s much more than that’

Deidra Leone knows what it’s like to be really lonely. For years, the 49-year-old felt isolated with her mental wellness condition. But all that changed two years ago when she walked into Prospect House in Sarasota. The close-knit atmosphere between the clients and staff, along with the programs offered by MHCC, helped her open up Read More >

VIDEO: ‘What do I have that is special that I can give?’

Tanya Virgilio loves her second home. Nothing is wrong with the retired art teacher’s first one. But since becoming a volunteer at North Port’s Anchor House four years ago, Tanya cherishes the impact MHCC’s clients have had on her life. Now she’s there all the time, teaching painting and other art. “I just wish everybody would volunteer,” she said. “But I also wish that there were people who could just reach out with what they have, with they can give.” With a plethora of local art, theater, and music events, Tanya said there are plenty of opportunities to expose clients to new, positive experiences. “They’re just great people,” she said. “They’re no different than any of us.”

Emma Beth McGinty, Phd of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

News Alert! McGinty named guest speaker at Hight Hopes Breakfast

Emma Beth McGinty, Phd of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will be this years guest speaker at the MHCC’s High Hopes Breakfast on Dec. 1 at Micheale’s On East. Sarasota. McGinty will be discussing how the media is wrongly using mental health to describe all those associated with mass murders. Learn more about Read More >

Jeff Standring

Welcome New Executive Director Jeffrey Standring

“Saving lives, healing families and healing communities” these are words of encouragement shared by new executive director, Jeffrey Standring, at Mental Health Community Centers as he addressed staff at the agency. “Recently, the organization has experienced leadership transitions in their efforts to champion mental health issues. It is my vision to lead the organization forward Read More >

Mental Illness: Seeking Solutions for Sarasota County

MHCC Achieves National Accreditation

Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. provides learning activities at local Drop-In Centers for persons diagnosed with severe and persistent mental health illnesses in Arcadia, North Port, Venice and Sarasota. Specialized self-reliance, recovery services are offered daily at the Read More >

VIDEO: Challenges of mental health on the Suncoast

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and more than 40 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year.

TrustCo Bank makes a donation to MHCC

SARASOTA: Rewarding mission-based positive service results, Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. recently received a check in the amount of $1,000 from TrustCo Bank, Glenville, New York. “These funds are being sent in support of services to members from proceeds of our holiday promotion,” said Marketing Senior Officer, Adam Roselan. MHCC offers vital psycho-social and recovery Read More >

High Hopes Breakfast 2015

“Without fear I am free to live life to its fullest.” Said Judith MacKay, a member at the Beacon House Drop-In Center of Mental Health Community Centers. She has been diagnosed with mental illness and was willing to address the community- at- large at the agency’s annual event. The numbers of those attending were huge and so was the enthusiasm as approximately 270 guests attended the 10th Annual High Hopes Breakfast on December 10 at Michaels on East.

In Memoriam: Jessica Ventimiglia

In Memoriam: It is with sadness that Mental Health Community Centers informs its friends and donors that former Executive Director, Jessica Ventimiglia, passed away on October 21, 2015. Ms. Ventimiglia spearheaded ten years of caring efforts for the agency. The Board of Directors and staff extend sincere gratitude to her family for her leadership and Read More >

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