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  1. 1. Mental Health MattersCOMING EVENTS: Educating Southwest Florida on Mental Wellness since 1957 O C T O B E R 2 0 1 1• October 8th, 2011 Putting Children First There is no health without mental health…….• October 22th, 2011 Putting Children First If each of us knows that the vast majority of mental health conditions are treatable,• October 28th, 2011 we can, no matter how challenging the mental health obstacle we face, always chart a Naples Princess course back to wellness. The three states of wellness are: Bone Voyage• November 5, 2011 Veterans Appreciation Wellness and Prevention Dinner (green, the combination of blue and yellow) - Wellness is a• November 5, 2011 state of being in which an individual is able to participate in Putting Children First all areas of life. It encompasses the notion of balance in one’s life among the mental, physical, and spiritual• November 14, 2011 Swing for the Kids elements of wellness. A person who has achieved thisGolf Tournament sense of wellness, this balance, can be fully engaged in their family and community. Personal resilience to stress or• November 19, 2011 Putting Children First trauma helps to prevent individuals from becoming ill. Larry Ledbetter Broker Realtor Treatment (blue) - Treatment seeks to resolve or mitigate the harmful ABR-CRS-GRI effects of a mental or substance-use condition. When someone becomes ill, a wide variety of treatments and supports are effective in returning them to wellness. Pharmaceuticals, psycho-therapies, rehabilitation, andLife Time of Knowledge of Naples supports are key elements of treatment. 239-403-0777 239- 403-SUPPORTGROUPS: RecoveryHere for Life (yellow) - Recovery is a deeply personal process of changing1st Tuesday every one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills, and roles. It is aMonth 7:00 PM way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life with or without limitations caused by illness. (Anthony, et.al., 2002)VeteransWednesday7:00 - 8:30PMDepressionThursday10:30AM - Noon
  2. 2. PAGE 2Once again it is time for our annual Professional Membership DriveWhether you are in private practice, part of a group, or an agency we believe you will find your membershipin MHASWFL to be a professional asset. We currently maintain the strong support of many members of theprofessional mental health community and look forward to being able to support you in the achievement ofyour professional goals, as well.In 2011, we have improved our referral network and web site information which lists the complete Directoryof Mental Health Professionals in Southwest Florida. This has greatly increased participants exposure. Over4,000 Directories have been distributed throughout Southwest Florida including physician’s offices, theschool system, the jail and legal system, the health care system as well as community service organizations.Our programs have been revised to be community and time sensitive. We have offered many CEU programsand again plan to expand our diversity of subjects in the upcoming year.The MHASWFL hopes you will join us in our ongoing commitment to Mental Health. We rely on your supportto achieve our mission to provide broad based programs of education, prevention, advocacy, informationand referral, client services, community services and social action. Membership is your “vote” for the workof the Mental Health Association of SWFL. Our Members are our Most Valuable Partners in fulfilling our mis-sion knowing your sponsorship helps support our work right here in our community. “We Are Making Difference” Educating SWFL Since 1957The annual membership donation is $150 for licensed professionals and $75 for interns. If you would like acomplimentary half page listing in our Professional Directory 2012, available in print and on line, please fillout the Directory Form, if not you will be listed as a supporting member. Applications and payment can eas-ily be made on line. Refer to our web-site www.mhaswfl.org for current listings. The MHASWFL is a 501c3charitable organization, thus your contribution is tax-deductible. Please make your check payable toMHASWFL, Visa & Master Card accepted by phone. The Mental Health Association would like to THANK YOUin advance for participating in this very important service to our community. If you have any questions aboutprofessional membership or other services, please contact our offices at 261-5404.Deadline for Directory Listing: November 17, 2011MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
  3. 3. PAGE 3 MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS Join us in Celebrating 55 Years of Service to Southwest Florida!! The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida identifies unmet needs and develops culturally sensitive services and programs to improve the lives of thosefacing the many challenges of today’s world in our community. We pride ourselves on being the “link” for mental health and mental wellness. “We’re Making A Difference”
  4. 4. MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS PAGE 4 Thank you Dr. Deutschman We were honored to have Dr. Deutschman, MD speak on “Delirium/Dementia Diagnosis & Treatment” on September 22nd. He practices addiction psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and psychiatry here in Naples. His office is located at 1415 Panther Lane #219 and he is on staff at both NCH and Physicians Regional.
  5. 5. MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS PAGE 5 A Real “Treat” for Halloween Join us on the Naples Princess for a Spooktacular Sunset Cruise “Bone Voyage” th Friday, October 28 Sponsored by the MHA of Southwest FloridaLive Entertainment/ Costume Optional Ticket Price: $50 includes: Complementary glass of champagne, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment/Cash Bar available Boarding at 5pm Return 7:30pm Contact our offices at 261-5405 or email bfollweiler@mhaswfl.org for further information or to register.
  6. 6. PAGE 6 Gollee’s Tip Bullying: What to Do About It Bullying: What to Do About It Although it’s always been around, bullying should never be accepted as normal behavior. The feel- ings experienced by victims of bullying are painful and lasting. Bullies, if not stopped, can progress to more serious, antisocial behavior. Recent incidents of school violence show that bullying can have tragic consequences for individuals, families, schools, and entire communities. Recognize It (for what it is) Bullying is aggressive behavior. A child is targeted by one or more youths with repeated negative ac- tions over a period of time. These are intentional attempts to cause discomfort or injury and can in- clude name-calling, making faces, obscene gestur- ing, malicious teasing, threats, rumors, physical Stop hitting, kicking, pushing, and choking. More subtle is simply excluding a child from the bullying group. Generally, bullying occurs when there’s an when you imbalance of power favoring the bully. Victims see it!!!! usually feel they don’t have the strength to defend themselves. Make no mistake, bullying is a form of violence that shouldn’t be tolerated. MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
  8. 8. PAGE 8 Coming In November Proudly Honoring All Who Served….. Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner November 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm RSVP Required by November 1st 2011. Limited Seating We are inviting all Veterans / Military currently serving and their families to join us for a free dinner at theVFW Golden Gate Post 7721, 800 Neffs Way, Naples FL 34119 To register or for more information please contact the MHASWFL offices at 261-5405 or by email bfollweiler@mhaswfl.org MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
  9. 9. MENTAL HEALTH MATTERSCoping with the Stress of Ongoing Military Operations:Information for Military FamiliesWhether you’re a reservist or full-time military person, you return from war. As our service men and women continueto carry out missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, their families, friends and significant others continue to ex-perience varying amounts of worry and fear. This stress can be due to concerns about a loved one’s safety, eco-nomic hardship,the challenges of coping as a single parent, or simply missing a partner.In the face of this anxiety, you or someone you know may be experiencing some of the following signs of the emo-tional impact of stress, or these symptoms may arise over the coming weeks and months: • Difficulty completing tasks • Headaches or stomach problems • Extreme hunger or lack of appetite • Irritability and anger • Trouble concentrating • Difficulty sleeping • Difficulty making decisions • Sadness and depression • Fear and anxiety about the future • Excessive drinking or drug use • Crying for “no apparent reason” • Feeling powerless • Apathy and emotional numbing • Feeling withdrawnIn the face of stress, some people will maintain their routines to achieve a sense of control and to distract them-selves, and others will have difficulty focusing for some time. Both reactions are common responses to this situation.Because everybody experiences stress differently, don’t compare your “progress” with those around you or judgeother people’s reactions and emotions.Here are some tips for coping during these difficult times.• Talk about it.By talking with others, particularly other military spouses,you will reduce your stress and realize that others share your feelings. Support groups exist at most military installa-tions.If there’s one available to you, join; if not, consider starting one.• Take care of your physical health.Get plenty of rest and exercise, avoid excessive drinking and drugs, and eat properly.• Limit your exposure to the news media.The images, rumors and speculation can be damaging to your sense of well-being.• Engage in activities you find relaxing.Plant flowers, attend a concert, visit an art gallery, or take a long bath. Be kind to yourself.• Do something positive.Contact community volunteer organizations to see how you can help. Give blood, prepare “care packages” for ser-vice men and women, or support a friend or neighbor who is having trouble coping.• Take care of your children.Acknowledge their worries and uncertainties. Reassure them that their feelings are normal. Maintain your family rou-tines and keep the lines of communication open.• Seek help.Its not a sign of weakness. If you have strong feelings that wont go away or are troubled for more than four to sixweeks, you may want to seek professional help. PAGE 9
  10. 10. PAGE 10 Swing for the Kids MHA of Southwest Florida Golf Tournament Grab your clubs and join us Monday, November 14, 2011This charity Golf Tournament will benefit the Children’s Mental WellnessProgram of The MHA of Southwest Florida to be held at:The TwinEagles Club.Registration and Breakfast: 7:15 amShotgun Start: 9 amAward Reception & Auction following playCost - $150 per personSign up deadline: October 31, 2011Hole-In-One Contest: Win a 2012 Ford Fusion! For more information and sponsorship op- portunities contact: Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida 2335 Tamaimi Trail N. Ste 404 Naples, Fl, 34103 (239)261-5405 www.mhaswfl.org MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
  12. 12. MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS PAGE 12 Our Mission 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 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.