NAPLES, FL. – The Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District is partnering with the David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) to host a “Green Evening on Fifth” on Thursday, May 12. The event will bring awareness to mental health and coincides with a weekend event planned by DLC for National Mental Health Awareness Month.

From 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., many of the retail shops, restaurants and galleries along Fifth Avenue South will be participating along with live entertainment up and down the Avenue.

Representatives of DLC will also be on hand to promote their mental health resources and upcoming community event, “Mind Your Mind Community Day.” This free event to be held on Saturday, May 14th from 8 a.m. to 11a.m. at nearby Cambier Park will include a yoga class, fitness boot camp, art therapy activities, and games for children and families.

“May is nationally recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, so this month we will be promoting opportunities throughout the community to raise awareness about mental health and ending the stigma,” said Briana Shipe Karaszi, Fundraising Coordinator for DLC. “We hope everyone comes out to support our efforts and support local businesses.”

The non-profit David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) is a national leader providing compassionate, advanced, and exceptional mental health, substance use, and integrated healthcare solutions, available for children, adolescents, and adults. DLC’s innovative treatment includes inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based services – a comprehensive system of care funded by community and government support. Each year, DLC serves more than 9,000 people through over 300,000 treatment sessions.

“Evening on Fifth is our once-a-month tradition featuring live musical performances up and down the sidewalks of the Avenue, plus dining, shopping and more,” said Bruce Barone, Jr., executive director for the Fifth Avenue South BID. “We are delighted to partner with local community organizations like David Lawrence Centers and support their efforts to help address the growing mental health issue in our state and community.”

Featuring more than 220 businesses, including high-end shops, world-class dining, unique boutiques and galleries, and exciting entertainment options, Fifth Avenue South is the vibrant heart of Naples.