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Newsletter June 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 June 2012 throughout SWFL Join us in Celebrating 55 Years of Service to Southwest Florida!!Coming Events:♦ June 1, 2012 Choices in Recovery Norris Community Center♦ June 9 2012 Putting Children First♦ June 23 2012 An Evening with Wambui Bahati♦ June 23, 2012 Putting Children First♦ August 4, 2012 shooting for the stars Basketball ClinicSupport Groups: New Board Member Tina Streeter In 1996, Tina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the• Here for Life University of North Carolina while active duty in the U.S. Army. She received her Master’s Degree in Education in 1998 from the 1st Tuesday every Month University of North Carolina. 7:00 PM Streeter began with the Children’s Advocacy Center since December of• Veterans 2005. She has been the Director of Development since September 2011 and was the Senior Case Coordinator for the Child Protection Wednesday Team prior to that. She manages all aspects of development including 7:00 - 8:30PM fundraising, public awareness and event preparation and planning.• Depression Prior to working at the Children’s Advocacy Center, Streeter was enlisted in the United States Army in a Special Operations Unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After completing Thursday eight years, she returned to her hometown of Naples, Florida where she worked as a tutor 10:30AM - Noon and education consultant for local private schools. She then worked for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office as a Drill Instructor for their boot camp style juvenile program. She has been with the Children’s Advocacy Center for 6 years. Streeter is currently a Quality Assurance / Improvement reviewer for the Florida Department of Health Child Protection Teams. Streeter has one child who is currently in the sixth grade at Corkscrew Middle School.
  2. 2. Page 2 Mental Health Matters “Shooting for the Stars” Basketball Clinic” As the HEAT’s former community affairs liaison, Jones has made it his life’s ambition to motivate South Florida’s youth to action, both in and out of the classroom. He is the founder and director of the National Shoot for the Stars program, providing complimentary "Books and Basketball" clinics for underprivileged youth. Jones has conducted international clinics in Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Bahamas, Antigua, Jamaica, Bermuda and other islands throughout the Caribbean. Jones’ dedication to youth and education is unmatched. He also serves as the Director of Educational Research and Study for the Tournament of Champions in Florida and is also the Co-Director of the Best of the Rest Stars, Education Through Sports Camp. Prior to joining the HEAT, Jones worked for the Department of Education and the federal government as a human development trainer at the Center for Education Development in San Antonio for seven years.There he supervised a 10-state region, which encompassed over 400 school districts, educating teachers inclassroom management and teaching techniques through neuro-linguisticalprogramming.Additionally, Jones leads basketball camps and clinics which teach academics, AIDS education, healthnutrition and career exploration. His tireless schedule takes him to more than 250 sites each year.In January of 1999 he received national honors as he was presented with the President’s Award byPresident Bill Clinton during the Stop the Violence program.Of course, many still recall Jones for his on-court achievements. A 10-year veteran of the NBA, Jones wasdrafted in the third round (20th overall) of the 1964 NBA Draft by Detroit after averaging 19.5 points as astandout guard at Villanova where he was a two-time All-East Regional selection. He won a championshipring alongside Wilt Chamberlain on the vaunted 1967 Philadelphia 76ers team, which was voted into the Hallof Fame as the best team in the NBA’s first 25 years. In addition to his two stints with the 76ers, Jones sawaction with the Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Baltimore Bullets of the NBA and spent one year with the UtahStars of the ABA. Upon retiring from active duty, Jones served as a scout for Philadelphia for seven years.The 62-year-old Jones remains active on the court, participating in senior celebrity tournaments and on theUSA Senior Dream Team, which, led by tournament MVP Jones, won a gold medal at the 1996 Master’sInternational Senior Games. He also captured MVP honors in 2003 at the Masters National 60-and-overTournament. Jones holds an economics degree from Villanova.
  3. 3. June 2012 Page 3 ”SHOOTING FOR THE STARS” Basketball Clinic 2012 A day of fun and learning for Children ages 8-17 Make a memory for a lifetime……….The Clinic will be lead by Wali Jones (former Philadelphia 76er’s) features human develop- ment training, emphasizing academics, problem solving, self esteem and teamwork. The Clinic will be held at The Community School of Naples on Saturday August 4th. Registration starts at 9 am with the Program beginning at 9:30 am. For more information and sponsorship contact: The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida 2335 Tamiami Trail N. Ste 404 Naples, FL 34103 (239) 261-5405/ www.mhaswfl.org This is a Free Clinic provided as a com- munity service through the Children’s Mental Wellness Program of The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida “ We Are Making A Difference”
  4. 4. Page 4 Mental Health MattersTeen Self - Esteem:Feeling Good About Yourself" Self"-thats easy. Thats you! "Esteem" -this word is a bit trickier. It is not a word that mostyoung people use on a daily basis. If you look it up in the dictionary, you will find-- "Esteem-to hold in high regard" which means "to really like a lot." For example, you really like your bestfriend or your grandmother. You get the picture. These are people you trust, respect and en-joy spending time with.So, lets look at the word self-esteem again.Self(you)-esteem(to like a lot)…means you really like yourself a lot, both inside andout…how you look as well as what you believe in.Sometimes its easy to like who you are. You feel great when you score a goal, ace an exam, ortell a joke that everyone laughs at. But, how do you feel about yourself when you just saidsomething mean, or when you think you got a bad haircut? You start wishing you were some-one else or that you could change how you look. You think you arent good enough…in school,on the team, or for the cool crowd. This is "low" or "negative" self-esteem.Self-esteem…means you like yourself…all the time, not just when things are goinggreat!The good news is you can learn to like yourself or have positive self-esteem all the time. Youare the one in control; you can make the difference. But sometimes, you let others tell you howto feel about yourself. From the day you were born, your family, then your teachers andfriends, have been influencing your decisions. TV shows, movies, music videos and magazinesinfluence what we wear, how we feel and how we act..So why is it important to have positive self-esteem if everyone is going to tell youwhat to do, what to wear and what to think?As a young adult, you now have more responsibility to choose between right and wrong. Youbecome accountable for your actions. Positive self-esteem gives you the courage to be yourown person and to believe in your own values when the pressure is on to make a big decision.Your friends can put a lot of pressure on you.You want to be part of a group or crowd. Belonging to a group is a part of growing up, learningto be a friend and learning about the world around you. Its OK to want to be liked by oth-ers. But not when it means giving in to pressure. Your friends are now making many of theirown decisions. And their decisions may or may not be good for you. Its never worth doingthings that could hurt you or someone else. For instance, abusing alcohol or other drugs, hav-ing sex before you are ready, joining a gang, or quitting school can all lead to trouble.Think about what can happen if you give in to the wrong decision. Drinking or doing drugs anddriving can lead to serious injury or death. Unprotected sex may lead to pregnancy, STDs(sexually transmitted diseases) or AIDS. Joining a gang may lead to illegal behavior and maybejail. And quitting school takes away your best chance to be successful later in life. It is not al-ways going to be easy to stick to your values, but you will be happier if you doThink for yourself!Only you know what is best for you. If you let your friends think for you, you wont be workingtoward your personal goals for your future. When you value and respect yourself, it keeps youfrom making bad decisions that may affect the rest of your life.Feeling good about yourself helps you to:Accept challenges. Try a new sport or audition for a play. And if you dont make the team orget the lead in the play, you will at least enjoy trying and learning more about yourself!
  5. 5. June 2012 Page 5Enjoy your life. Happy people are fun to be around. A happy outlook helps you to make and keep friends.Believe in yourself. If you think you can do something, you are more likely to do it!Stay flexible. Life is changing all the time. You cant stop it but you can learn to change with it.OK. You think that having "positive" self-esteem is a good idea. How do you get it?-Be honest with yourself. Figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are. Dont beat yourself up over your weaknesses. Dontcompare yourself to others. Learn to accept yourself.-Set realistic goals for yourself. Try to get the most out of your strengths without demanding or expecting too much of yourself.Take one day at a time.Do your best each day.-Trust your own feelings. Listen to yourself. Pay attention to your emotions.-Enjoy yourself when you have achievements. Celebrate your successful efforts. Dont downplay them.Do you know these answers?1.Is it easy to change your self-esteem?2.Does self-esteem guarantee success?3.Does self-esteem mean self-centeredness or being stuck-up?4.Can I help others feel good about themselves?Is it easy to change self-esteem? No. It means taking some time to understand who you are--what you like, dont like, feelcomfortable with, and what goals you have. Ask for help from your parents, a school counselor and your friends to find the an-swers. This takes time and hard work. Its a life-long process, but its worth the work!Does self-esteem guarantee success? Success in school? Success playing sports or musical instrument? Success with friends?No, but if you keep trying and do your best, you are a success. Remember, having positive self-esteem will help you to achievewhat you want. But when you dont succeed, it helps you to accept the situation and move on.Does positive self-esteem mean "being stuck-up, snobby or on an ego trip"? No. Kids who act this way usually are trying topretend they are something they are not. In fact, they often have low self-esteem.Can I help others feel good about themselves? Yes. Dont put others down for how they feel, look or act. Be patient with yourfriends and family when they fall short. We all make mistakes from time to time.If you are having a hard time deciding what is the right thing to do, look to your mom or dad or a favorite teacher or counselor tohelp. Learn from them. They want to help you. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. You are never too old or too young toask for help.
  6. 6. Page 6 Mental Health Matters Women’s Health Resources Planned Parenthood, May 25th
  7. 7. June 2012 Page 7 Gollee’s Tip Treatment for Learning Disabilities Sometimes individual or family psychotherapy (“talking” about your child’s problems) will be recommended. Psychotherapy may help to strengthen your child’s self-confidence; which is vital for healthy development. Therapy also helps parents and other family members better understand and cope with the realities of living with a child with learning disabilities. Medication may be prescribed for hyperactivity or distractibility. Work With A Mental Health Professional Such problems deserve a comprehensive evaluation by an ex- pert who can assess all of the different issues affecting the child. A child and adolescent psychiatrist can help coordinate the evaluation and work with school professionals and others to evaluate and test your child to determine if a learning disability exists. After talking with the child and fam- ily and reviewing the educational testing and consulting with the school, the child and adolescent psychiatrist will make rec- ommendations on appropriate school placement, the need for Learning special help such as special educational therapy or speech-language therapy, and help disabilities parents assisting their child in maximizing his or her affect as learning potential. many as 15 Seek help when necessary! percent of otherwise If you are worried about a child’s reaction or have able school. ongoing concerns about his/her behavior or emotions, con- tact a mental health professional at school, your commu- nity mental health center, or MHASWFL at 261-5405/www.mhaswfl.org.
  8. 8. Page 8 Mental Health Matters About Wambui BahatiWambui Bahati has always enjoyed entertaining and empowering others.As an actress, author, speaker and holistic mental health andempowerment over domestic violence advocate, she has inspired andmotivated thousands of people all over the United States and Canada.She began her formal theatrical studies at New York University School ofthe Arts (The School was later renamed the Tisch School of the Arts.) andmade her professional theatrical debut in Godspell at Fords Theater inWashington, D.C. She went on to perform in the Broadway productions ofGodspell and Jesus Christ Superstar.Wambuis regional and touring credits include starring roles in The MagicShow, Joseph Papps rock version of Two Gentlemen of Verona, Little Ham,Nunsense, Dont Bother Me, I Cant Cope, Gone With the Wind –themusical, The Wiz and Crowns. (Click here to visit Wambuis actor site.)Wambui wrote, produced and stars in the one-woman musicals BalancingAct and I Am Domestic Violence. Both of these shows have received na-tional acclaim for the unique way that they provide outstandingentertainment while dealing with important issues in our communities.
  9. 9. June 2012 Page 9Some of her awards include a Woman of Achievement Award from theGreensboro Commission on the Status of Women, a Belle Ringer ImageAward from Bennett College, the Lionel Aldridge Award (a national honorrecognizing individuals who provide extraordinary service and courage onbehalf of people with mental illnesses), the National Alliance for theMentally Ill, North Carolinas Presidents Award, and a proclamation fromthe mayor of the city of Toledo, Ohio. Named John Ann Washington atbirth, Wambui Bahati is her new legal name taken on during the"reinvention of herself." In Swahili Wambui means "singer of songs,"Bahati means, "my fortune is good." The native North Carolinian lives inNew York City and is the proud mother of two adult daughters. Wambui holds the title of 2nd Runner Up as "NYCs Most Awesome Comedian 2011" Wambui has appeared at:• Gotham Comedy Club, NYC (Headliners included Jimmy Failla, KarenBergreen, Cory Kahaney and Jim Gaffigan.)• Broadway Comedy Club, NYC (Presented by The World Comedy Club)• NYC Friars Club: Tuesday Night LaughsCarolines on Broadway (Opener for Robin Schall)Her passion: "Reminding You of Your Magnificence."
  10. 10. June 2012 Mental Health Matters Page 10 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 info@mhaswfl.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 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.

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