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How to Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month (In May and Year-Round)

May 13, 2021
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Every year, the month of May is celebrated nationally as Mental Health Awareness Month. Here at Starting Point, every single day, we work hard to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and educate Nassau County and Northeast Florida residents about mental health. In this post, we will describe mental health and mental…

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Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare Launches Volunteer ‘Ambassador Program’

April 30, 2021
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Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare announced the launch of their Ambassador Program, a volunteer program that advocates to reduce stigma related to mental health and substance use disorders. The Ambassador Program is Starting Point’s first opportunity to engage Nassau County residents as volunteers or ‘behavioral health advocates.’

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Elizabeth "Bizzy" Chance, Director Gregory Foster, Marsha Proctor Killen

Starting Point Welcomes Three New Members to the Board of Directors

April 30, 2021
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Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare today announced that Elizabeth Chance, Gregory Foster, and Marsha Proctor Killen have joined the agency’s Board of Directors effective April 20th, 2021. Each Director will serve an initial term of three years. The Board of Directors oversees the nonprofit organization’s services while guiding the strategic vision of the agency.

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Starting Point's Mobile Response Team

How to Get 24/7 Emergency Assistance During a Crisis

April 15, 2021
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Mental health and substance use emergencies happen around the clock. Oftentimes, when individuals experience a behavioral health emergency, they turn to law enforcement, hospital emergency departments, and inpatient treatment for help. While it is always important to involve law enforcement when you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, Starting Point’s Mobile Response Team (MRT)…

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Starting Point Now Offers Eligible Employees Up To $100,000 of Student Loan Forgiveness

April 5, 2021
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Yulee, FL: Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare is now an approved site through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and able to offer all eligible employees up to $100,000 of student loan forgiveness. The NHSC’s mission is to build healthy communities by supporting qualified health care providers dedicated to working in areas of the United States with limited access to care.

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Starting Point Reflects on COVID-19 and Shares a Message of Hope

March 22, 2021
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It is not lost on our organization that March highlights the 1-year anniversary of the World Health Organization identifying COVID-19 as a pandemic and the Florida Governor issuing an executive order to close schools and businesses except for essential workers. At the time, we all thought this would be temporary and we would be back to ‘normal’ within a couple of months.

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Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, accepting award from the Plantation Ladies Association of Amelia Island Community Outreach Chair, Peg Kolasa, and President, Lynne Pelletiere

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare Honored at Plantation Ladies’ March Luncheon

March 19, 2021
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Yulee, FL: On March 9th, the Plantation Ladies Association of Amelia Island honored Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare as their designated March Charity with an award in the amount of $1,250. The beneficiary of this award is selected by the Plantation Ladies and identified as a well-deserving nonprofit organization that is making an impact in Nassau County, FL.

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Care Coordination: What is it? Who qualifies? [Infographic]

March 16, 2021
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At Starting Point we know that spending time in high levels of care (like jail or prison, state mental health treatment facilities, crisis stabilization units, detox, and emergency rooms) has its own set of challenges. We also know that it is no walk in the park to transition from those…

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Family Support Group to Aid Those Who Have Lost a Loved One to Suicide or Overdose

February 11, 2021
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Yulee, FL — Losing a family member to suicide or overdose is a crushing experience for everyone involved. The pain, shame and guilt can be overwhelming, yet survivors often feel as if there is no one to talk to who will understand.  A new Family Support Group offered by Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare,…

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