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Program Information
Program Name: Depression Forums Incorporated
Year the Program was Started: 2004
Public Contact Person: Larry Jacob
Address: PO Box 48343
Sarasota, FL 34230
Telephone #: 941-539-7650
Fax #: 941-484-1234
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Peer Support, Support Group
Target Participants:
African American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaskan, Men, Women, LGBT, Co-occurring substance abuse, Trauma Survivors, Veterans, Families of Children, Young Adults, Adults, Older Adults
Program Setting:
Annual Program Budget: $10,000-$40,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 10-20
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: None
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Sometimes
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: None
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: To support and inform members about depression and metal health. To educate substance abuse, medications and to refer them onto real time help. To refer hotlines in case of need. To educate the stigma surrounding Mental Illness as it is no different than any other physical illness.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: Our mission is to create an atmosphere that is both supportive and informative in a caring, safe environment for our members to talk to their peers about depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery.
Additional Information: Our vision is to advance the public awareness of mental health issues so as to eliminate the stigma that surrounds depression and mood disorders through education and advocacy, as well as striving to obtain quality medical care for mental health patients, as it is no different from any other medical illness.

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