Mental Health Association of Southwest FloridaSupport Groups: Here for Life1st Tuesday every Month7:00 PM VeteransWednesday7:00 - 8:30PM DepressionThursday10:30AM - NoonMay 201356 Years of56 Years ofproviding Servicesproviding ServicesthroughoutthroughoutSWFLSWFLEducating Southwest Florida on Mental Wellness since 1957Coming Events:May 9, 2013Mood, Stress, Anxiety and Sleepby Dr. DeutschmanJune 1, 2013Swing For the Kids Golf Tournament ,TwinEagles Golf ClubAugust 3, 2013Basketball ClinicGolden gate Community CenterAugust 10, 2013MOVE ConferenceMental Health Month: Pathways to WellnessFor more than 55years, The Mental HealthAssociation of Southwest Florida has led theobservance of May is Mental Health. This yearstheme is Pathways to Wellness.Key Messages1. Wellness - its essential to living a full andproductive life. Its about keeping healthy aswell as getting healthy.2. Wellness involves a set of skills andstrategies that prevent the onset or shortenthe duration of illness and promote recoveryand well-being. Wellness is more than just the absence of disease.3. Wellness is more than an absence of disease. It involves complete general,mental and social well-being. And mental health is an essential component ofoverall health and well-being. The fact is our overall well-being is tied to thebalance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual and mentalhealth.4. Whatever our situation, we are all at risk of stress given the demands ofdaily life and the challenges it brings-at home, at work and in life. Steps thatbuild and maintain well-being and help us all achieve wellness involve abalanced diet, regular exercise, enough sleep, a sense of self-worth,development of coping skills that promote resiliency, emotional awareness,and connections to family, friends and community.5. These steps should be complemented by taking stock of ones well-beingthrough regular mental health checkups and screenings. Just as we check ourblood pressure and get cancer screenings, its a good idea to take periodicreading of our emotional well-being.Fully embracing the concept of wellness not only improves health in the mind,body and spirit, but also maximizes ones potential to lead a full and productivelife. Using strategies that promote resiliency and strengthen mental health andprevent mental health and substance use conditions lead to improved generalhealth and a healthier society: greater academic achievement by our children, amore productive economy, and families that stay together.
May 2013 Page 10Mental Health MattersTo Advocate for Mental Wellness through Education,Prevention, and SupportThe Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida identifies unmet needs anddevelops culturally sensitive services and programs to improve the lives of thosefacing the many challenges of today’s world in our community. We pride ourselves onbeing the “link” for mental health and mental wellness.If you are interested in becoming a Supporter, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.