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Newsletter October 2012


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Newsletter October 2012

  1. 1. `xÇàtÄ [xtÄà{ TááÉv|tà|ÉÇ Éy fÉâà{ãxáà YÄÉÜ|wt Educating Southwest Florida on Mental Wellness since 1957 55 Years of providing Services October 2012 throughout SWFL Professional Membership Drive in Full Force We are very excited at MHA of Southwest Florida to announce the 2013 Professional Membership Drive. The support of the Mental HealthComing Events: Professionals of Southwest Florida is greatly appreciated as we work♦ October25th, 2012 together to “Advocate for Mental Wellness through Education, Woman of Character Speaker Series“Integrating Mindful Balance” Prevention, and Support”. Kimberly Rodgers, LCSW Since 1957 the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida identifies unmet♦ November 1st. 2012 Woman of Character Speaker Series needs and develops culturally sensitive services and programs to improve the“The Power of a Plan: Woman & Wealth” lives of those facing the many challenges of today’s world in our community. Robin Hamilton, Wealth Advisor We pride ourselves on being the “link” for mental health and mental wellness.♦ November 8th, 2012 Woman of Character Speaker Series Whether you are in private practice, part of a group, or an agency we “Living Longer and Living Better” Caroline Cederquist , MD believe you will find your membership in MHASWFL to be a professional♦November 15Th, 2012 asset. The MHASWFL hopes you will join us in our ongoing commitment toWoman of Character Speaker Series“ Essential Negotiation tips for Woman “ Mental Health and Mental Wellness. Membership is your “vote” for the work Rebecca Y. Zung-Clough, Esq of the Mental Health Association of SWFL. Our Members are our Most Valuable Partners in fulfilling our mission knowing your sponsorship helps support our work right here in our community.Support Groups: We have made great strides over the past year to improve our referral network, web site information, and our E Newsletter. Our programs have• Here for Life been revised to be community and time sensitive, building our community 1st Tuesday every Month membership with our ever increasing commitment to make a difference. 7:00 PM We have offered many CEU programs and plan to expand our diversity of• Veterans subjects in the upcoming year. We value your time and have streamlined the Wednesday membership process. This year we have made it 7:00 - 8:30PM easier than ever, simply email if you want to• Depression rejoin and make payment on line or by phone. Thursday 10:30AM - Noon For new members use the simple form on our web site. If you have any questions about professional membership or other services, please contact our offices.
  2. 2. Page 2 Mental Health MattersThe 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.
  3. 3. October 2012 Page 3 Directory 2013The Directory of Southwest Florida Mental Health Professional and Community Services havecontinued to be a mainstay in the community. We have increased distribution each year. Thisyear in addition to it being available on our web site, we also have gone mobile, making ac-cess to this valuable information even easier.We are excepting advertisements to help offset the major cost of this community service.Whether you are in private practice, have a small business, or a large corporation, we canmeet your needs. Please contact us for specifics and rates. The annual membership donation is $150 for licensed professionals and $75 for interns. Ifyou would like a complimentary half page listing in our Professional Directory 2013, availablein print and on line, please fill out the Directory Form, if you are a present member renewingjust notify us of any changes and your commitment to 2013. Applications and payment caneasily be made on line. Refer to our web-site for current listings. TheMHASWFL is a 501c3 charitable organization, thus your contribution is tax-deductible. Pleasemake your check payable to MHASWFL, Visa & Master Card accepted by phone or PayPal.The Mental Health Association would like to THANK YOU in advance for participating in thisvery important service to our community. If you have any questions about professionalmembership or other services, please contact our offices at 261-5404.Deadline for Directory Listing: November 9,2012
  4. 4. Page 4 Mental Health MattersLearn more about bullying….While bullying doesn’t cause suicide, a stressful environment andpersistent, emotional victimization can increase a person’s risk ofsuicide. Together, we can create awareness about the dangers ofbullying and give emotional support to those who may be con-templating suicide. If you or someone you know is in anemotional distress or suicidal crisis, please call the Lifeline at1-800-273-TALK (8255).Together we can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it,building a safe school environment, and creating acommunity-wide bullying prevention strategy.Packed with tools and resources, will arm youwith information so you can prevent bullying no matter whereyou see it taking place.
  5. 5. October 2012 Page 5 Gollee’s Tip Take Steps to Stop Bullying Start early. Parent/child talks are critical. Teach kids to respect oth- ers before they start school and continue to talk about this topic on an ongoing basis. Even small acts of teasing should be stopped in their tracks. Don’t fail to correct this kind of behavior due to a child’s young age. This is exactly when to stop it. Teach your children how to be assertive. Encourage your children to express their feelings clearly, say no when they feel uncomfort- able or pressured, stand up for themselves without fighting, and walk away in dangerous situations. Bullies are less likely to intimi- date children who are confident and resourceful. Stop bullying when you see it. Adults who remain silent when chil- dren are bullying others give permission to the behavior and thereby encourage it. Tell your children to take action when they see bullying behavior. Tell them to speak out against the bully and inform a teacher if the behavior doesn’t stop. Bullying continues only when we allow it to. Communicate clear policies and consequences. Bullying is There are few less likely in schools where adults are involved and firm about differences stopping bullying behaviors. Send out a clear message at your among racial school that bullying will have negative consequences. and ethnic Team up. Work with your PTA or local mental health association to groups in the make sure that schools treat bullying as violence. Help them develop numbers of programs to prevent bullying and promote safe school environments. students being bullied! Seek help when necessary If you are worried about a child’s reaction or have ongoing con- cerns about his/her behavior or emotions, contact a mental health professional at school, your community mental health center, or MHASWFL at 261-5405.
  6. 6. Page 6 Mental Health Matters The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida & Rebecca Zung-Clough, Esq Present Registration: 5:30 - 6:00PM Presentation: 6:00 - 7:00PM Q&A / Wrap-up 7:00 - 7:30PM Speakers Kimberly Rodgers, LCSW, RPT-S October 25th, 2012 Location “Integrative Mindful Balance” CLIVE | DANIEL Robin Hamilton, Home Wealth Advisor 2777 Tamiami Trail N, Naples, FL 34103 November 1st, 2012 Registration Required “The Power of a Plan: Women & Wealth” Caroline Cederquist, MD November 8th, 2012 “Living Longer and Living Better” Rebecca Y. Zung-Clough, Esq November 15th, 2012 “Essential Negotiation tips for women “ Refreshments will be sponsored by RSVP required Limited Seating
  7. 7. October 2012 Page 7 DEPRESSION SUPPORT GROUP "Life can get better. With treatment and support depres- sion can be overcome!" Meets Every Thursday 10:30am-NoonAre you feeling really sad, tired, and worried most of the time? Are these feelings lasting more than a fewdays? If yes, you may have depression. Depression is not just in your head. Everyone, at various times inlife, feels sad. This is normal. Depression is not a character flaw or sign of personal weakness. You cantmake yourself well by trying to "snap out of it" or "lighten up".To understand what depression is, its important to recognize the symptoms: If you have several of thesesymptoms dont wait talk to your doctor about how you are feeling.• I am really sad most of the time.• I dont enjoy doing the things Ive always enjoyed doing.• I dont sleep well at night and am very restless.• I am always tired. I find it hard to get out of bed.• I dont feel like eating much.• I feel like eating all the time.• I have lots of aches and pains that dont go away.• I have little to no sexual energy.• I find it hard to focus and am very forgetful.• I am mad at everybody and everything.• I feel upset and fearful, but cant figure out why.• I dont feel like talking to people.• I feel like there isnt much point to living, nothing good is going to happen to me.• I dont like myself very much. I feel bad most of the time.• I think about death a lot. I even think about how I might kill myself.It is important to understand that depression is a real illness. But, there is hope. Depression is treatableand you can feel better. There are two common types of treatment for depression: medicine and talk ther-apy ask your doctor which is best for you. Many people find that support groups, as an option in additionto other treatments, provide a beneficial boost during the recovery phase. Support groups provide a mu-tual acceptance, understanding and self-discovery. Support groups help people under that mood disordersdo not define who they are. Support groups also give people the opportunity to benefit from the experi-ences of those who have "been there." 2335 9th St. N, Suite 404 Naples, FL 34103 Phone: (239) 261-5405 Fax: (239) 261-2931 E-mail:
  8. 8. Page 8 Mental Health MattersDepression in WomenContrary to popular belief, clinical depression is not a “normal part of being a woman” nor is it a “femaleweakness.” Depressive illnesses are serious medical illnesses that affect more than 19 million American adultsage 18 and over each year. Depression is a treatable medical illness that can occur in any woman, at any time,and for various reasons regardless of age, race or income.Prevalence• Approximately 12 million women in the United States experience clinical depression each year.• About one in every eight women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime.Depression occurs most frequently in women aged 25 to 44.Contributing Factors• Many factors in women may contribute to depression, such as developmental, reproductive, hormonal,genetic and other biological differences (e.g. premenstrual syndrome, childbirth, infertility and menopause).Social factors may also lead to higher rates of clinical depression among women, including stress from work,family responsibilities, the roles and expectations of women and increased rates of sexual abuse and poverty.Gender Differences• Women experience depression at roughly twice the rate of men.Girls 14-18 years of age have consistently higher rates of depression than boys in this age group.PMS/PMDDTwenty to forty percent of women may experience premenstrual syndrome and an estimated 3 to 5 percenthave symptoms severe enough to be classified as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).Marriage/Childbirth• Married people have a lower rate of depression than those living alone. However, unhappily married peo-ple have the highest rates of depression; happily married men have the lowest rates.Approximately 10%-15% of all new mothers get postpartum depression, which most frequently occurs withinthe first year after the birth of a child.Co-occurring Illnesses• Research shows a strong relationship between eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia nervosa) anddepression in women. About 90-95% of cases of anorexia occur in young females. Reported rates of bulimianervosa vary from one to three out of 100 people.Research shows that one out of three depressed people also suffers from some form of substance abuse ordependence.
  9. 9. October 2012 Page 9Suicide• Although men are more likely than women to die by suicide, women report attempting suicide approximately twice as often as men.• An estimated 15 percent of people hospitalized for depression eventually take their own lives.Treatment• Depression in women is misdiagnosed approximately 30 to 50 percent of the time.Fewer than half of the women who experience clinical depression will ever seek care.Fortunately, clinical depression is a very treatable illness. More than 80 percent of people with depression canbe treated successfully with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both.Women’s Attitudes Toward Depression:According to a Mental Health America survey on public attitudes and beliefs about clinical depression:• More than one-half of women believe it is “normal” for a woman to be depressed during menopause andthat treatment is not necessary.• More than one-half of women believe depression is a “normal part of aging.”• More than one-half believe it is normal for a mother to feel depressed for at least two weeks after givingbirth.• More than one-half of women cited denial as a barrier to treatment while 41% of women surveyed citedembarrassment or shame as barriers to treatment.In general, over one-half of the women said they think they “know” more about depression than men do .
  10. 10. Page 10 Mental Health Matters à{ HH TÇÇâtÄ `xxà|Çz Please Join Us for Annual Meeting with our guest speaker Dr. Albanese on “New Mental Healthcare Laws Save and the Impact on Our Diverse the Date Culture”. Hosted by Gail Williams, Chief Diversity Officer Hodges University Date: December 14, 2012 Place: Hodges University Science and Technology Building 2647 Professional Circle, Naples FL 34119 Time: Registration: 11:30 am Presentation and Lunch: Noon till 1pm Cost $25.00/ Scholarships Available
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  12. 12. October 2012 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.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.