Category Archives: Taking Action!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Pantry Distributes Free Holiday Cheer on December 20

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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.

 

 

 

Triple-Header for Education and Veterans

 

Band_of_Brothers,_101st_in_IraqWe’re changing it up for November 2014. In the 11th month of this year NAMI Pasco is offering a triple dose of community activism with mental health awareness in mind. Please be our guest for a big night of education focused  on veterans along with the Annual NAMI Pasco Membership Meeting and a meal. The evening will include a spaghetti dinner thanks to our compassionate and knowing community partner: Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 2284. Download our flyer here to get all the information you’ll need to participate: Honoring Veterans on November 12, 2014.

Be a part of “What Helps, What Hurts?”
A panel discussion by U.S. veterans-of-the-second-worldVeterans for U.S. Veterans on Mental Health Awareness. Bring your questions, your friends, and an appetite.
RSVP required by November 3.

Date  November 12, 2014
Time  5:00 to 8:30 PM
Location

Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 2284
7201 Congress Street
New Port Richey, FL 34653