Author Archives: NAMI Pasco

Find Out about Sponsoring NAMI Pasco!

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We Need Your Assistance to Reach the Most Vulnerable
in Pasco County — Right in Our Own Big Back Yard


Here Are Some FStageSettingtheStageacts to Help Set the Stage about the Mentally Ill in Pasco County

♦ According the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2014, Pasco County’s population is 464,697.

♦ Of this number, 13.9% live below the poverty level—and we know that poverty is an added barrier to receiving adequate treatment for mental illness.

♦ Pasco County has the 4th highest suicide rate in the state of Florida. [http://patch.com/florida/newportrichey/pasco-has-4th-highest-suicide-rate-in-state]

♦ Of the 464,697 Pasco residents, 50,239 are U.S. Military veterans; we also know being a veteran correlates with high incidences of mental illness/substance abuse and suicide.

♦ According to NAMI, “1 in 4 people experiences mental illness in a year.” And of course their families are deeply affected too. 

♦ This translates to mean approximately 116,172 or 25% of Pasco County residents could stand to benefit annually from our supports.

Find Out about How You Can Help with
One of NAMI Pasco’s Tiered Sponsorships

To reach someone directly about opportunities call Sheena Lofton-Huggins at (727) 642-7212 or use our online contact. You can also reach us at (727) 992-9653.

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Check Out Our Snazzy New Brochure!

In the Spirit of Collaboration and Mental Health Recovery…

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NAMI Pasco was the benefactor of an amazing gift from Vincent House, Journey to Wellness: A newly designed brochure and print copies. Naturally, our brochure works to help disseminate important information about our advocacy, support, and education for people living with mental illness and the families and caregivers who love them. Vincent House members and staff alike worked diligently, professionally, and with great creative input to bring the project to life.

Vincent House’s mission “is to assist, promote, and celebrate individuals recovering from mental illness, and other disabilities, in their effort to improve social and vocational skills, and become employed in the community.”

Needless to say, Vincent House, we are SO grateful
to you and believe whole-heartedly in your mission!

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NAMI Pasco Affiliate Brochure

Social Media and Mental Health

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Katy Fritz is a school social worker and will
discuss forms of social media, potential mental health consequences Hand holding a Social Media 3d Spherefrom social media, and what she has seen from her experiences as a social worker. Join us, Ask questions. Be part of an important discussion. You can download our flyer here: Education Meeting July 2015 NAMI Pasco

RSVPs are not required but much appreciated.
For more about NAMI Pasco call (727) 992-9653.

Date Monday, July 6, 2015
Time 3:30 to 5 PM
Location Rasmussen College
18600 State Rd 54
(at the Corner of Fernview Street)
Lutz, FL 34638

 

 

Pasco Roadmap to Treatment Above and Below the Neck!

Get Some Good (Free) Direction for Navigation in Pasco: Learn about Services for Behavioral Health
Care
and Medical Care in Our Big County

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Community partners Cheryl Pollock and Rachel Cook from Premier Community Healthcare will lead a discussion on available health services in Pasco County.
The conversation will include benefits of services located in one place for primary health care along with health care for mental illness. A good word to use is “integrated” health care for illnesses that occur above and below the neck! Download a flyer here: NAMI Pasco Monthly Education June 1 2015

Join Us in June at a New,
Late Afternoon Time

RSVPs are not required but much appreciated.
For more about NAMI Pasco call (727) 992-9653.

Date Monday, June 1, 2015
Time 3:30 to 5 PM
Location Rasmussen College
18600 State Rd 54
(at the Corner of Fernview Street)
Lutz, FL 34638

In the News

Psychiatric Examinations, Mental Health Checks, and Employment: Let’s Normalize Mental Health Screenings!

mental-illness-symptomsAviation safety and mental illness have entered our public dialogue given the recent and tragic Lufthansa plane crash and pilot Andreas Lubitz. The conversation includes topics such as “workups” for psychological assessments, diagnostic tools, employment and “self-reporting” for psychiatric conditions, and mental health checks for pilots.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” on March 29, 2015 covers these topics in the first 15 minutes of the show, including commentary from Patrick Kennedy, advocate for mental health and addiction reforms.  Find the video here. British newspaper The Telegraph reports too with a the story titled, “Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was in therapy for ‘suicidal tendencies'”. 

What are your views on making mental health screenings part of the standard of health care?

 

What Does the Baker Act Mean?


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Join NAMI Pasco for our free monthly education event. In March, Elizabeth Statzer, Director of Behavioral Health Outreach with HCA, will present. Elizabeth has almost 15 years of experience in behavioral health and social services. She will lead a discussion on the Baker and Marchman Acts and all they encompass. You can find a Baker Act and Marchman Act primer right here on our web site too.

Download our  March flyer for all the information you’ll need to attend.

RSVPs are not required but much appreciated. Find everything you need to know below. Hope to see you on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Rasmussen College’s Lutz Campus. mental  illness facts 3

 

Date  Monday, March 2, 2015
Time  5:30 to 7:00 PM
Location Rasmussen College
18600 State Road 54
Lutz, FL.

Our Do-It-Yourself Moving Day…

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The big day is tomorrow, Friday, January 30. NAMI Pasco’s relocating its administrative office. Our new and humble digs are inside the offices of FI Grey & Son’s Commercial Real Estate building at 6330 U.S. Highway 19, Suite B, New Port Richey (between Main St. and Bridge Rd.).

We will no longer have any meetings, support groups, or classes held at our soon-to-be former home in Land O’Lakes at 6480 Land O’Lakes Blvd. (Jallo Plaza).

There was a misprint in this week’s January 28, 2015 issue of the The Laker community newspaper, Land O’Lakes/Lutz edition. (Find the reference on Page 10A in the “Health & Wellness” section under NAMI Offers Support.) NAMI Pasco will no longer be holding Connection meetings at 6480 Land O’Lakes Blvd. address.

Thank you for your patience as we transition to our new home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health Professionals and More: Sign Up Now for a Meaningful Two-Day Event!

Early Childhood Conference 2015

20th Anniversary Conference

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The “Investing in our Future Heroes” Conference celebrates 20 years of professional development for the Early Childhood Council as our first conference was held in 1995. But it also is about ‘investing’ time, energy and resources toward child and family development to ensure that children are nurtured, educated and supported by their families and communities for they will become tomorrow’s teachers, social workers, firefighters/EMTs, lawyers, electricians, architects and  engineers. They do not become future ‘heroes’ by accident. This conference is also based on the premise that early childhood experiences from birth onward have unique powers in the development of a child.

The conference will features innovative practices from the fields of early learning & education, infant mental health, evidence-based practices, maternal & child health, and child welfare. All lines of development must combine to foster the optimal growth and development of young children. Similarly, this conference promotes capacity and opportunities for all practitioners dedicated to the well-being and positive development of all young children.

Conference attendees will include foster care workers, early educators, caregivers, physicians, nurses, mental health professionals, university students and faculty, therapists from many different disciplines, case managers, child advocates, and program administrators.

FEATURED KEYNOTE SPEAKER DR. CHARLES ZEANAHCharles-Zeanah

Dr. Zeanah is a Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He is also an Executive Director of the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.

REGISTRATION
Two Day/Full Conference ………$199.00register button up
One Day/Partial Conference…..$125.00

**CEUs will be available for $25.00

 


Special Conference Hotel rates are available for $139 per night. Call (813) 877-9200 or click HERE for reservations.


For more information on Registration, please call Belkis Velasquez at (813) 837-7753 or e-mail at BVelasquez@ecctampabay.org .

For information on the submission for proposals, please call Shabel Hastings at (813) 837-7903, e-mail at SHastings@ecctampabay.org .

For information on becoming a vendor, please call Jenn Broughton at (813) 837-7706 or e-mail JBroughton@ecctampabay.org