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44.3 % of ALL Cigarettes Smoked by People with Brain Disorders

Every Wonder Why?

Join NAMI Pasco and cigbutts.jpgSabel Taylor, BA, who will lead an important and evocative discussion on how tobacco companies continue to target the mental health population with their products. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, 44.3 percent of all cigarettes in America are consumed by individuals who live with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. According to NAMI National, “There is no one single, certain reason why so many people who live with mental illness smoke. It may be a combination of brain effects, psychological
effects, and the social world in which we live.” Be our guest for an important conversation about nicotine and people with brain disorders. Free refreshments.

Down our flyer for quick access to all the details.

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

 

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

Struggling to Adjust? Call to Connect

Florida Veterans Support Line

1-844-MYFLVET

Band_of_Brothers,_101st_in_IraqWith over 300,000 returning veterans living in the 5-county area of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and Manatee Counties, the Tampa Bay area has one of the largest veteran populations in the nation. We recognize the unique challenges faced by returning military personnel and their families have increased the demand for behavioral health and other intensive services in Florida and nationally.

Call the Florida Veterans Support Line toll-free at 1-844-MYFLVET (693-5838) today and receive:

* Comprehensive information & referral to VA-funded
services & hundreds of community-based services

* Assistance and support provided by a peer who has
experienced the transition from military back to civilian life

* Care Coordination services including system navigation,
advocacy and ongoing support

Download a copy of the newsletter for more information:

Support for Veterans Newsletter 2014-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-Harm, Suicidal Thinking: Learn How to Get Help

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Join NAMI Pasco on Monday, January 5, 2015 from 6 to 7:30 PM for a discussion with Susan Sisson, NCC, LMHC, to learn about how Dialectical Behavior Therapy is being used successfully to help people living with brain disorders. DBT is designed to guide people in changing behavior patterns including self-harm, suicidal thinking, and substance abuse. DBT teaches people about emotional regulation and how to effectively increase awareness of emotional triggers.

DBT was originally used to treat people with borderline personality disorder, and integrates techniques associated with cognitive-behavior therapy and Buddhist meditation practice.

RSVPs are not required but much appreciated. Find everything you need to know below. Hope to see you on January 5, 2015 at the NAMI Pasco office.

NAMI Pasco Monthly Education Jan 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential Treatment Program for Adolescents Coming to Tampa

American Addiction Centers

aaclogoAddiction is a treatable disease—a medical condition. For families and caregivers of adolescents who need residential substance abuse/mental health treatment, American Addiction Centers offers much-needed support. addictions-960x2501.jpgA 24/7 hotline is available at  866.53.SOBER and based on research-supported treatment models for long-term recovery.

An American Addiction Centers’ facility is set to open in Tampa, Fla. in June, 2015 for 13 to 17-year-old youth. The center will include full medical detox, residential treatment with intensive outpatient programming and more than 100 beds.

carfAmerican Addiction Centers are accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

 

 

Food Pantry Distributes Free Holiday Cheer on December 20

cropped-fatb-logo-no-background-2Help for the Holidays

Feeding America and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office are working together to help individuals and families in our Pasco community with food for the holiday. A free box of groceries will be distributed on Saturday, December 20 from 10 AM to Noon in Land O’Lakes, Fla. Find specifics below or download our Working Together! flier. Thank you to Feeding America and our men and women in blue!Pasco_County_Sheriffs_Office_20130228021751_320_240

What:  Food Distribution for Hungry Families
One free box of groceries per family
Who: Any family or individual in need of food
When: Saturday, December 20, 2014 • 10 AM to Noon
Where: Feeding America, Suncoast Warehouse
5829 Ehren Cutoff
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639

A Rich Resource Guide for Pasco County!

PYI logoThe Pasco Youth Initiative has updated its rich trove of information into a well-respected, much-used resource guide. The 30-page PYI guide is an excellent tool for health care professionals and individuals alike to locate everything in the county from childcare and human services to assistance with mental health crises, housingImage of an Office 2 and information on support for utilities.

“The purpose of Pasco Youth Initiative is to identify barriers that young people face on their road to self-sufficiency and put solutions in place to ensure the success of our future workforce.” Let’s support this valuable organization’s mission by sharing this important community resource guide.

Five-County Veterans Hotline

01_Sailors_open_an_American_flag_before_a_Naval_Support_Activity_Souda_Bay_Memorial_Day_event_1_The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has launched a toll-free help line to provide emotional support and resource referrals to veterans in a five-county area. Service covers Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Manatee counties. The hotline is staffed by veterans.

Any veteran needing help or information can call 844.693.5838 between 7 AM and 7 PM, Monday through Friday. After hours and weekend calls will be answered by specialists in the Crisis Center’s 2-1-1 call center. Please pass the word along to those who may need it.

 

 

 

How Should We Talk about Mental Health? No More “Playground Slang”

webimageThanks to the creative
and intellectual marvels
posted on Ideas.Ted.com, an important article was brought to our attention.

“How should we talk about mental health?” explores stigma, neuroscience and real human emotions. notalone_sideIt also includes commentary from Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, who “supports research that will help us understand, treat and even prevent mental disorders.”

 

 

 

We’re Looking for A Donated Home

NAMI Pasco’s Office Space Expires Soon!

Images of Office 4It means we’re looking for a new contributed place in Pasco to set up shop. Our current location at 6480 Land O′Lakes Boulevard (Jallo Plaza) in Land O’Lakes, Fla. will no longer be ours at the end of 2014. We don’t need the Taj Mahal. Rather, to quote Ernest Hemingway, any “clean, well-lighted place” will do. We’re aiming for a home Image of an Office 1base from which to brainstorm, work, hold monthly Board Meetings, plan and deliver signature programming, meet with cherished community partners and much more. If you know of a provider, non-profit organization, business or friend in Pasco who has some unoccupied space that can be donated, or knows of someone who knows someone (you get the idea)! please contact us by email or call our information and referral line at (727) 992-9653.

In Gratitude,

The All-Volunteer NAMI Pasco Team