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Newsletter August 2012

  1. 1. `xÇàtÄ [xtÄà{ TááÉv|tà|ÉÇ Éy fÉâà{ãxáà YÄÉÜ|wt Educating Southwest Florida on Mental Wellness since 1957 55 Years ofproviding Services August 2012 throughout SWFL Southwest Florida Continues to Support the MHA Though our area is slowly re- progressive programming whichComing Events: covering from difficult eco- educates through entertainment nomic times the MHA of and activity.♦ August 4, 2012 Southwest Florida has We are striving to continue this shooting for the stars continued make the most of our process in our next year’s lineup Basketball Clinic resources to provide programs, and hope to improve and services and support to the♦ August 11, 2012 increase awareness on all community by maintaining a Putting Children First small multi talented staff, low fronts. We have also greatly |overhead, utilizing volunteers, increased our visibility by♦ August 25, 2012 and by doing cost and viability producing a monthly informative Putting Children First analysis of initiatives. Through and educational newsletters,♦September 8, 2012 the generosity of community newsflash emails on a regular businesses and residents we basis, radio and televisionPutting Children First have had all of our initiatives appearances informing the♦September 22, 2012 and programs this year fully public of our programs andPutting Children First supported. We also have mission, and newspaper articles great community partners and with vital information . professionals that have made programs available to the We look forward to continuing area by combining our our efforts and Thank You for resources and areas of your support. expertise. This year we also tried to provide innovative andSupport Groups: In Memory of Pedro A. Placeres• Here for Life Pedro A. Placeres, 51 of Naples, passed away 1st Tuesday every Month suddenly and peacefully Friday, July 6, 2012. 7:00 PM He was a devoted husband and an adoring father.• Veterans He will be remembered as a one of a kind man who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in Wednesday need. Pedro was a dedicated employee of Xerox 7:00 - 8:30PM Corporation for over 25 years and also served as a• Depression committed member of the Collier County Fair Board. Thursday He is deeply missed and survived by his loving wife, 10:30AM - Noon Olga T. Placeres, his daughter, Kristina A., his son, Daniel A., As well as many friends and extended family.
  2. 2. Page 2 Mental Health Matters
  3. 3. August 2012 Page 3The following are signs that your loved one may want to speak to a medical or mental health professional.In adults:• Confused thinking• Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)• Feelings of extreme highs and lows• Excessive fears, worries and anxieties• Social withdrawal• Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits• Strong feelings of anger• Delusions or hallucinations• Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities• Suicidal thoughts• Denial of obvious problems• Numerous unexplained physical ailmentsSubstance abuseIn older children and pre-adolescents:• Substance abuse• Inability to cope with problems and daily activities• Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits• Excessive complaints of physical ailments• Defiance of authority, truancy, theft, and/or vandalism• Intense fear of weight gain• Prolonged negative mood, often accompanied by poor appetite or thoughts of deathFrequent outbursts of angerIn younger children:• Changes in school performance• Poor grades despite strong efforts• Excessive worry or anxiety (i.e. refusing to go to bed or school)• Hyperactivity• Persistent nightmares• Persistent disobedience or aggressionFrequent temper tantrums
  4. 4. Page 4 Mental Health MattersYou Make The Call To The Mental Health Professional…Now What Do You Do? Spend a few minutes talking with him or her on the phone, ask about their approach to working with patients, their philosophy, whether or not they have a specialty or con- centration (some psychologists for instance specialize in family counseling, or child counseling, while others specialize in divorce or coping with the loss of a loved one.) If you feel comfortable talking to the counselor or doctor, the next step is to make an ap- pointment.On your first visit, the counselor or the doctor, will want to get to know you and why you called him or her.The counselor will want to know-- what you think the problem is, about your life, what you do, where you live,with whom you live. It is also common to be asked about your family and friends. This information helps theprofessional to assess your situation and develop a plan for treatment.If you don’t feel comfortable with the professional after the first, or even several visits, talk about your feelingsat your next meeting; Don’t be afraid to contact another counselor. Feeling comfortable with the professionalyou choose is very important to the success of your treatment.Types Of TreatmentPsychotherapy is a method of talking face-to-face with a therapist. The following are a few of the types ofavailable therapy:• Behavior Therapy - Includes stress management, biofeedback and relaxation training to change thinkingpatterns and behavior.• Psychoanalysis - Long-term therapy meant to "uncover" unconscious motivations and early patterns toresolve issues and to become aware of how those motivations influence present actions and feelings.• Cognitive Therapy - Seeks to identify and correct thinking patterns that can lead to troublesome feelingsand behavior.• Family Therapy - Includes discussion and problem-solving sessions with every member of the family.• Movement/Art/Music Therapy - These methods include the use of movement, art or music to express emo-tions. Effective for persons who cannot otherwise express feelings.Group Therapy - Includes a small group of people who, with the guidance of a trained therapist, discuss indi-vidual issues and help each other with problems.Drug Therapy--Drugs can be beneficial to some persons with mental or emotional disorders. The patientshould ask about risk, possible side-effects and interaction with certain foods, alcohol and other medications.Medication should be taken in the prescribed dosage and at prescribed intervals and should be monitored daily.Electric Convulsive Treatment (ECT) -- Used to treat some cases of major depression, delusions, and hallu-cinations, or life-threatening sleep and eating disorders that can not be effectively treated with drugs and/orpsychotherapy. Discuss with your physician about the risks and side effects of ECT.
  5. 5. August 2012 Page 5The Mental Health Association of SW Florida is the onlyAssociation in the region and the “Go To” organization forcentralized, comprehensive, professional support, education andreferral. We’re Making A DifferenceREFERRALSUse our Directory to find a Licensed Mental Health ProfessionalThe Directory of Licensed Mental Health Professionals is available to you, your business,church or organization. In it you will find listings of therapists, psychologists and otherswho are licensed to practice locally. The Directory details their credentials and explainstheir areas of expertise.You may download the Directory and choose yourself, or we canprovide you with the names of several licensed mental health professionals that wouldbe a good match for you and your needs.Call us (239) 261-5405 so we can connect you with a mental health professional.
  6. 6. Page 6 Mental Health MattersBack to School: Parent-Child Communication advice or information about sex When parents and children from their parents (Kids want to openly talk about drugs and know more. Most children (62%) sex, children have better and teens (57%) wish they had self-control and develop more more information about guns in negative perceptions these risky school. Youth also want to know behaviors . more about discrimination, puberty, - Students who talk frequentlyMost Families Do Not homosexuality, and alcohol or drugsCommunicate Regularly with their parents are more Parents need to initiate difficult con- likely to use contraception.• From fifth to eighth grade, the versations. Most (77%) of One in five teens (19%) would amount of time children spend teenagers don’t talk to their parents rather receive information from with their families is cut in half. about sexual health because they their parents than from other don’t know how to bring it up .• Parents are more likely to sources, such as health centers Benefits of Positive consider talks about sex, or classes (Hacker et al., 2000). Parent-Child Communication alcohol, drugs, and violence as Consequences of Lack of Positive parent-child communication happening “regularly.” Their Communication. includes the following children, on the other hand, - Children who do not feel characteristics: being supportive, remember having these warmth or caring from their listening to the other person, discussions “a couple of times.” parents are more likely to have tolerating differences, being lower self-esteem, academic• While 42% of parents say they understanding, and not pressuring problems, and emotional trou- have talked to their teens about the other to agree. bles. They are also more likely risky sexual behaviors, less than Teens with authoritative parents to use drugs and participate in half (49%) of those teens re- (warm, firm, and accepting of their risky sexual behaviors. member the conversation. teens’ needs for psychological independence) are more successful - When teens do not discuss• Sixty percent of 8-11 year olds in school, less anxious and de- sexuality issues with their and 56% of 12-15 year olds say pressed, and have higher parents, they are more likely to they learn “a lot” from their self-esteem than teens without “follow the crowd.” This is espe- mothers about issues like sex, authoritative parents . cially dangerous if peers do not alcohol, drugs and violence. Children with positive father-child encourage responsible sexual Most youth turn to their relationships have higher behavior . mothers before their teachers self-esteem and show better school and classes, fathers, the media, and social adjustment than children and friends . Only one in five without these relationships.
  7. 7. August 2012 Page 7Back to School: Tips for Parents • Take time to listen to your child more readily be able to tell when and discuss aspects of the new things may not be right. school that he or she is worried Anxiety and stress about starting about. Remember to let your child school is normal for a child and know that it’s normal to feel nerv- usually passes within the first few ous about the start of school. ForThe beginning of a new school days or weeks. If your child con- parents of younger children, sug-year can be a stressful time for tinues to seem anxious or gest that your child take a familychildren, with new teachers and stressed, it may be time to seek photo or special object to school toclassmates, bigger classrooms, help. Talk to your child’s teacher make his or her surroundings morenew routines and more school- and/or family physician about This time can be what you can do as a parent. Ifparticularly unnerving and • Spend time each day talking to problems persist, consider a re-overwhelming for children who your child about what happened in ferral to a trained and qualifiedare facing major transitions such school. Give your child positive mental health starting elementary school or feedback about his or her new ex-entering middle school. As a periences.parent there are proactive steps • Praise and encourage your childyou can take to support your child to become involved with school ac-as he or she heads back to tivities and try new • Attend school functions and• Be interested and enthusiastic stay involved in your child’s educa-about the start of the school year. If tion. Children whose parents areyou are confident and excited, your more involved with their educationchild will be too. have higher achievement, are bet-• If you have visited your child’s ter adjusted and are less likely toschool already, you are one step drop out of school.ahead of the game. If not, take a Make a point to learn about howwalk around the school with your your child develops not just physi-child and locate his or her classrooms, cally, but socially and emotionally,lunchroom, playground and rest- as well. If you are aware of what’srooms. This will help keep your child typical behavior and thoughts forfrom feeling lost on the first day. your child’s stage of life, you will
  8. 8. August 2012 Mental Health Matters Page 8 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.