The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Pasco County, has bestowed the honor of 2021 Pasco NAMI Hero of Hope Mental Health Professional of the Year for the second year in a row to Dr. Eddie Williams, a professor at PHSC and locally-renowned psychotherapist. 

The 2021 Pasco NAMI Hero of Hope Mental Health Professional of the Year Award is to honor an individual who has gone 'above and beyond the scope of their professional duties to help those with mental health conditions to thrive.  Dr. Williams is consistently working to ensure those with mental health conditions receive the care and advocacy they need to lead successful, happy lives. The pandemic has had an even greater impact on people and their mental health and Dr. Williams has witnessed the uptick in those requiring care. The greater the demand for help, the harder he has worked to ensure people have the support they need.

“I am honored to have received the NAMI Pasco Hero of Hope Mental Health professional of the year. NAMI of Pasco advocates and supports those with mental illness in the community. In addition, I provide outpatient psychotherapy to those in mental health distress in the Pasco county area. Receiving the mental health professional of the year award lets me know I give the best services to those suffering from mental health disorders, and I am stopping the stigma of mental illness,” said Dr. Williams.

Dr. Eddie Williams is also a NAMI board member. Last year alone, NAMI encountered a 1,455% in the utilization of their services. In Florida, more than 2,889,000 adults have a mental health condition. (NAMI, 2021)

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