Join NAMI Pasco and Sabel 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.
With 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
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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 withborderline personality disorder, and integrates techniques associated with cognitive-behavior therapy and Buddhist meditation practice.
RSVPsare 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.
Addiction 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. A 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.
American Addiction Centers are accredited byCARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
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!
Food Distribution for Hungry Families One free box of groceries per family
The 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, housing 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.
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 844.693.5838between 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.
It 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 base 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.