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Newsletter April 2013


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Newsletter April 2013

  1. 1. Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida Educating Southwest Florida on Mental Wellness since 1957 56 Years ofproviding Services April 2013 throughout SWFL As the HEAT’s former community affairs liaison,Coming Events: Jones has made it his life’s ambition to motivate South Florida’s youth to action, both in and outApril 10, 2013 of the classroom. Collier County Conference on Aging Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club He is the founder and director of the National April 25, 2013 Shoot for the Stars program, providing Spring cleaning for the mind complimentary "Books and Basketball" clinics Presented by Kimberly Rodgers, LCSW for underprivileged youth. Jones has conductedMay 9, 2013 international clinics in Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Bahamas, Antigua, Jamaica, BermudaMood, Stress, Anxiety and Sleep by Dr. and other islands throughout the Caribbean. Jones’ dedication to youth andDeutschman education is unmatched. He also serves as the Director of EducationalJune 1, 2013 Research and Study for the Tournament of Champions in Florida and is also the Swing For the Kids Golf Tournament , Co-Director of he Best of the Rest Stars, Education Through Sports Camp.TwinEagles Golf Club Wali Jones has been holding the Mental Health Associations “Shooting for the Stars”Support Groups: Educational Basketball clinics for 5 years and will be returning in August to hold our summer clinic. All clinics are free and open to children ages 8-17. We have Here for Life expanded our schedule to 2 a year to fill a need during “Spring Break” and 1st Tuesday every Month “End of Summer”. The clinic is not only educating our youth, but pulling together our 7:00 PM community partnering with community organizations and parents to educate our youth. Veterans Wednesday Mr. Jones’ experiences include playing for the Villanova Wildcats and over 13 years 7:00 - 8:30PM in the NBA for the World Champion Philadelphia 76er’s, theMilwaukee Bucks and Depression the Detroit Pistons. He has designed these clinics to motivate and help young players Thursday attain fundamental skills required in today’s high-competitive 10:30AM - Noon climate.
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  7. 7. April 2013 Page 7You Can Live Your Life WellWhy Mental Health MattersSome people think that only people with mental illnesses have to pay attention to their mental health.But the truth is that your emotions, thoughts and attitudes affect your energy, productivity and overall health.Good mental health strengthens your ability to cope with everyday hassles and more serious crises and chal-lenges. Good mental health is essential to creating the life you want.Just as you brush your teeth or get a flu shot, you can take steps to promote your mental health. A great wayto start is by learning to deal with stress.How Stress HurtsStress can eat away at your well-being like acid eating away at your stomach. Actually, stress can contributeto stomach pains and lots of other problems, like:  headaches  insomnia  overeating  back pain  high blood pressure  irritability  vulnerability to infectionStress also can lead to serious mental health problems, like depression and anxiety disorders. If you thinkyou have such a problem, you can get help.Of course you cant magically zap all sources of stress. But you can learn to deal with them in a way that pro-motes the well-being you want--and deserve.
  8. 8. Page 8 Mental Health MattersFree Presentation:“Mood, Stress, Anxiety and Sleep” By Daniel Deutschman MD, DLF APAWhere: MHA Offices 2335 Tamiami Trail N. -Suite 404 Naples FL, 34113When : May 9th from 6pm to 7pm
  9. 9. April 2013 Page 9Anxiety Disorders: What You Need to KnowMost people experience feelings of anxiety before an important event such as a big exam, business presenta-tion or first date. Anxiety disorders, however, are illnesses that cause people to feel frightened, distressed anduneasy for no apparent reason. Left untreated, these disorders can dramatically reduce productivity and signifi-cantly diminish an individuals quality of life.How Common Are Anxiety Disorders?Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses in America; more than 40 million are affectedby these debilitating illnesses each year.What Are the Different Kinds of Anxiety Disorders?Panic Disorder- Characterized by panic attacks, sudden feelings of terror that strike repeatedly and withoutwarning. Physical symptoms include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, abdominaldiscomfort, feelings of unreality, and fear of dying.Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder- Repeated, intrusive and unwanted thoughts or rituals that seem impossible tocontrol.Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder- Persistent symptoms that occur after experiencing a traumatic event such aswar, rape, child abuse, natural disasters, or being taken hostage. Nightmares, flashbacks, numbing of emotions,depression, and feeling angry, irritable, distracted and being easily startled are common.Phobia- Extreme, disabling and irrational fear of something that really poses little or no actual danger; the fearleads to avoidance of objects or situations and can cause people to limit their lives.Generalized Anxiety Disorder- Chronic, exaggerated worry about everyday routine life events and activities,lasting at least six months; almost always anticipating the worst even though there is little reason to expect it.Accompanied by physical symptoms, such as fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, headache, or nausea.The content of this fact sheet was adapted from material published by the National Institute of Mental Healthand the Mayo Clinic.
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  11. 11. April 2013 Page 11 Gollee Gator at Mustang Cruise in at Pelican Larry’s Mother Perry Youth Empowerment Project
  12. 12. April 2013 Mental Health Matters Page 12 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. We pride ourselves on being the “link” for mental health and mental wellness.If you are interested in becoming a Supporter, 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 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.