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  1. 1. `xÇàtÄ [xtÄà{ TááÉv|tà|ÉÇ Éy fÉâà{ãxáà YÄÉÜ|wt Educating Southwest Florida on Mental Wellness since 1957 55 Years ofproviding Services May 2012 throughout SWFL Join us in Celebrating 55 Years of Service to Southwest FloridaComing Events:♦ May 12, 2012 Putting Children First Become a Member Today!♦May 26, 2012 Putting Children First The odds are that someone you♦ June 9, 2012 know—a family member, one of your Putting Children First friends, or one of your colleagues♦ June 23, 2012 is affected by a mental health or Putting Children First substance use condition. And thats why The Mental Health Association♦June 23, 2012 - An Evening was formed over 55 years ago. with Wambui Bahati♦August 4, 2012 shooting for the stars For over half a century, Mental Health Association has been instrumental in reducing barriers to Basketball Clinic treatment and services and educating the community about mental illness and recovery. As a result of our efforts, many individuals with mental disorders have sought care and are now enjoy fulfilling, productive lives in their communities. Whether you or someone you know has a mental health condition, or simply care about the issue of mental health and living a mentally healthier life, We Can Help, But Only With Your Support!Support Groups: As a member of our movement, you will help us build on our half century of service and strengthen• Here for Life our voice as we continue our ground-breaking steps to achieve victory over mental illness: 1st Tuesday every Month • Our Advocacy is a powerful voice for change! 7:00 PM • Education: a primary goal of the MHASWFL is to educate the general public about the realities of mental health and mental illness.• Veterans Wednesday 7:00 - 8:30PM There is No Health Without Mental Health• Depression Thursday The Mental Health Association 10:30AM - Noon of Southwest Florida 2335 Tamiami Trail N. Ste 404 Naples Fl 34103 239.261.5405
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  4. 4. Page 4 Mental Health Matters Gollee’s Tip A Child’s Physical and Mental Health Are Both Important!!!!!!! Basics for a child’s good physical health: • Nutritious food • Adequate shelter and sleep • Exercise • Immunizations Healthy living environment Basics for a child’s good mental health: • Unconditional love from family • Self-confidence and high self-esteem • The opportunity to play with other children • Encouraging teachers and supportive caretakers Children need • Safe and secure surroundings to know that Appropriate guidance and discipline your love does Seek help when necessary! not depend on his or her ac- If you are worried about a child’s reaction or have ongo- complishments. ing concerns about his/her behavior or emotions, contact a mental health professional at school, your com- munity mental health center, or MHASWFL at 261-5405/
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  6. 6. Page 6 Mental Health Matters FREE SUMMER SPIRITUALITY SERIES MONTHLY BOOK DISCUSSION STARTING JUNE 7, 2012 ENDING AUGUST 30, 2012 EVERY THURSDAY 7PM TO 8:30 PM Each Class Ends with a 30-Minute MeditationLOCATION: THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF SW FLORIDA 2335 9TH ST. N, SUITE 404 (NEXT TO RED LOBSTERWhat is Spirituality? How do we define our spiritual selves? These are questions that we will address in this weeklysummer book discussion series, They are some of the most popular “spiritual” books published over the past 4 decades.These books coincide with the proliferation of “12-Step” programs over the past 40 years, all of which are rooted inthe book “Alcoholics Anonymous”, published in 1939.I have been a psychotherapist in Naples since 1984 and have extensive post-graduate training in addiction andmeditation studies. Over the years I have given local and national workshops on “Healing your Inner Child throughLaughter & Play” and “Recovering from Co-Dependency with Humor”. I have published articles on addictions, guidedmeditations and the healing benefits of laughter.Some of the books we will be discussing include: Love is Letting Go of Fear; Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff; The Art ofHappiness, The Miracle of Mindfulness, Jesus Calling, The Alchemist, The Shack; Heaven is for Real. Participants willbenefit from reading some or all of these books prior to our meetings.Each session will close with a meditation. Participants may leave after the book discussion or stay for the mediations.We will be practicing Mindful Meditation and Centering Prayer. This program will not focus on any specific religion,butview paths for all of us to deepen our spiritual lives. This path leads not only to physical wellness but also to greaterpeace, joy and a sense of purpose and meaning to our lives. Please Call Margot for questions and Reservations at: (239) 434-6558
  7. 7. May 2012 Page 7 Giving Support to Someone Close to You……….. If you have a family member or friend friend who has been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, you are probably wond wondering what you can do to help. • Educate yourself about the symptoms/medications • Recognize that the person may be scared and confused • Listen carefully and express understanding • Encourage them to be active in their treatment plan • Recognize it will take time • Offer to accompany the person to appointments • Encourage the person to speak up about problems related to medications • Always respect the individuals need for and right to privacyA person with mental illness has the same right to be treated with dignity and respectas any other person.
  8. 8. Page 8 Mental Health MattersNaples Alliance of Divorce Professionals
  9. 9. May 2012 Page 9Coping with Separation and DivorceGoing through a separation or divorce can be very difficult, no matter the reason for it. It can turn your worldupside down and make it hard to get through the work day and stay productive. But there are things you can doto get through this difficult adjustment.Recognize that it’s OK to have different feelings. It’s normal to feel sad, angry, exhausted, frustrated andconfused—and these feelings can be intense. You also may feel anxious about the future. Accept that reactionslike these will lessen over time. Even if the marriage was unhealthy, venturing into the unknown is frightening.Give yourself a break. Give yourself permission to feel and to function at a less than optimal level for aperiod of time. You may not be able to be quite as productive on the job or care for others in exactly the wayyou’re accustomed to for a little while. No one is superman or superwoman; take time to heal, regroup andre-energize.Don’t go through this alone. Sharing your feelings with friends and family can help you get through thisperiod. Consider joining a support group where you can talk to others in similar situations. Isolating yourselfcan raise your stress levels, reduce your concentration, and get in the way of your work, relationships andoverall health. Don’t be afraid to get outside help if you need it.Take care of yourself emotionally and physically. Be good to yourself and to your body. Take time out toexercise, eat well and relax. Keep to your normal routines as much as possible. Try to avoid making majordecisions or changes in life plans. Don’t use alcohol, drugs or cigarettes as a way to cope; they only lead tomore problems.Avoid power struggles and arguments with your spouse or former spouse. If a discussion begins to turninto a fight, calmly suggest that you both try talking again later and either walk away or hang up the phone.Take time to explore your interests. Reconnect with things you enjoy doing apart from your spouse. Haveyou always wanted to take up painting or play on an intramural softball team? Sign up for a class, invest timein your hobbies, volunteer, and take time to enjoy life and make new friends.Think positively. Easier said than done, right? Things may not be the same, but finding new activities andfriends, and moving forward with reasonable expectations will make this transition easier. Be flexible. If youhave children, family traditions will still be important but some of them may need to be adjusted. Help createnew family activities.Life will get back to normal, although “normal” may be different from what you had originally hoped.
  10. 10. Page 10 Mental Health MattersPanic DisordersPanic disorder is characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physicalsymptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress.These sensations often mimic symptoms of a heart attack or other life-threatening medical conditions. As aresult, the diagnosis of panic disorder is frequently not made until extensive and costly medical procedures failto provide a correct diagnosis or relief.Many people with panic disorder develop intense anxiety between episodes, worrying when and where thenext one will strike. Fortunately, effective treatments have been developed to help people with panic disorder.CausesHeredity, other biological factors, stressful life events, and thinking in a way that exaggerates relatively normalbodily reactions are all believed to play a role in the onset of panic disorder. Some research suggests panic at-tacks occur when a “suffocation alarm mechanism” in the brain is activated, falsely reporting that death is im-minent. The exact cause or causes of panic disorder are unknown and are the subject of intense scientific in-vestigation.TreatmentsTreatment for panic disorder includes medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, a type of psychotherapy, teaches people how to view panic attacks differently and demon-strates ways to reduce anxiety. Appropriate treatment by an experienced professional can reduce or preventpanic attacks in 70 to 90% of people with panic disorder. Most patients show significant progress after a fewweeks of therapy. Relapses may occur, but they can often be effectively treated just like the initial episode.
  11. 11. May 2012 Page 11Co-occurring DisordersDepression: About half of panic disorder patients will have an episode of clinical depression sometimeduring their lives. Major depression is marked by persistent sadness or feelings of emptiness, a sense ofhopelessness and other symptoms. What is more, approximately 20% of people with panic disorder attemptsuicide.Substance Abuse: About 30% of people with panic disorder use alcohol and 17% abuse drugs, such ascocaine and marijuana, in unsuccessful attempts to alleviate the distress caused by their condition.Appropriate diagnosis and treatment of other disorders, such as substance abuse or depression, are importantto successfully treat panic disorder.Simple Phobias and Agoraphobia: People with panic disorder often develop irrational fears of specificevents or situations that they associate with the possibility of having a panic attack. Fear of heights and fear ofcrossing bridges are examples of simple phobias. As the frequency of panic attacks increases, the person oftenbegins to avoid situations in which they fear another attack can occur or places where help would not beimmediately available. This avoidance may eventually develop into agoraphobia, an inability to go beyondknown and safe surroundings because of intense fear and anxiety. Generally, these fears can be resolvedthrough repeated exposure to the dreaded situations, while practicing specific techniques to become lesssensitive to them.Social Phobia: Social phobia is a persistent dread of situations in which the person is exposed to possiblescrutiny by others, and fears acting in a way that will be embarrassing or humiliating. Social phobia can betreated effectively with therapy or medications, or both.Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD): In OCD, a person becomes trapped in a pattern of repetitivethoughts and behaviors that are senseless and distressing but extremely difficult to overcome. Such rituals ascounting, prolonged handwashing, and repeatedly checking for danger may occupy much of the person’s timeand interfere with other activities. Like panic disorder, OCD can be treated effectively with medication and/orpsychotherapy.Physical Symptoms: People with panic disorder may also have irritable bowel syndrome, characterized byintermittent bouts of gastrointestinal cramps and diarrhea or constipation, or a relatively minor heart problemcalled mitral valve prolapse, which can trigger panic attacks in some people. In fact, panic disorder oftencoexists with unexplained medical problems, such as chest pain not associated with a heart attack or chronicfatigue.
  12. 12. Page 12 Mental Health Matters S a ve t h e D a t e “Shooting for the stars” Basketball Clinic August 4, 2012 DESCRIPTION: Wali Jones will conduct the clinic which will feature human development training emphasizing academic excellence, problem-solving, refusal skills, increasing self-concept and self-esteem and promoting teamwork. Kids will also work on fun and exciting fundamental athletic skills through a variety of basketball drills, viewing of films, foul shooting contests and more! The clinic will accommodate up to 100 kids between the ages of 8-17. (239-5405-5405
  13. 13. May 2012 Page 13 The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida (239) 261-5405 AN EVENING WITH WAMBUI BAHATI SAVE THE DATE Join us in Celebrating our 55th Anniversary with Entertainer, Author ,Humorist Wambui Bahati on the Naples Princess for a Sunset Cruise on Saturday June, 23, 2012. Ticket Price $50 includes: Complementary glass of champagne, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment !!!!! Cash Bar available Boards at 6:30 7-9pm
  14. 14. May 2012 Mental Health Matters Page 14 To Advocate for Mental Wellness through Education, Prevention, and Support The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida identifies unmet needs and develops culturally sensitive services and programs to improve the lives of those facing the many challenges of today’s world in our community.If you are interested in becoming a member, e-mail us at Or Simply fill out the application and mail a checkpayable to MHASWFL or donate online using a credit card. Your contribution is tax-deductible and crucial to helping us continueour work. If you have any questions about Membership please contact our office by phone at (239) 261-5405or mail The Mental Association of Southwest Florida 2335 Tamaimi Trail N, Ste 404, Naples FL 34103.