Category Archives: Taking Action!

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.

 

 

 

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

Free Caregiver Day! Alzheimer’s Family Organization

Mental Illness QuizAsk the Expert…Leilani Doty, PhD, is the
Director of the University of Florida
Cognitive & Memory Disorder Clinics
(MDC). Dr. Doty has served in leadership,
administrative, educational, clinical,
and outreach roles related to
Alzheimer’s disease and related
dementias since 1986. Two September dates and locations available. Free for caregivers.

Download a flyer to register and get all info:
Dr. Doty Presentation: FREE for Caregivers

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Waterman Village
The Lodge Multipurpose Center
445 Waterman Avenue
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Friday, September 19, 2014
Springbrook Hospital
7007 Grove Road
Brooksville, FL 34609

Also Join the Alzheimer’s Family Organization
for FREE Caregivers Day

WHEN September 26, 2014 – 10 am – 2 pm
You must register for this event by September 19
WHERE 9330 State Road 54, New Port Richey, FL 34655

Download a flyer for more info: Caregiver Flyer West Pasco 

Helpline: (800) 950-6264

marriage_family-960x250Below is a Helpline for visitors to our website designed for all manner of support to family and friends coping with matters related to mental illness.

NAMI National Information Helpline 1 (800) 950-6264, Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST. This includes connecting individuals to attorneys in their local area, general information, information on specific mental illnesses, and information on treatment and support.

Find copies here of the NAMI Information Helpline Materials List and Available Fact Sheets through the Helpline

NAMI National Fact Sheet 2 001NAMI FACT SHEETS NATIONAL 1 001

 

The Medication Safety Project: More than Side Effects

Lunches_for_Learning_Logo2Lunch and Learn
Training Opportunity

The Medication Safety Project is free and open to all interested healthcare, substance abuse, and mental health providers. 1 CEU will be provided. Seating is limited. Please RSVP today: (727) 597-2284 or register at https://www.justsurvey.me/546868146374

Event takes place Friday, August 1st, 2014
12:00pm-1:30pm
Florida Department of Health in Pasco County
10841 Little Road New Port Richey, FL 34654

Download here!         Medication Safety Project Flyer

Free Dental Care, Pasco County Residents

BigToothDENTAL SERVICES
For Homeless, Uninsured
and Low-Income Pasco County Residents

By Appointment ONLY: (352) 518-2000 or (727) 645-4185

PATIENT ELIGIBILITY:
Pasco Residents seeking emergency dental services must:
• Be an uninsured adult that is ineligible for Medicaid
• Call to schedule an appointment
• Pre-qualify based on financial hardship
• Complete a financial assistance application to meet eligibility requirements

Download a flyer to get more information.

 

Get Kids Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP!

You Can Apply for Medicaid or The Children’s Health
Insurance Program (CHIP) Coverage Year Round

Kids in Medicaid CHIPThere’s no limited enrollment period for these programs. If you qualify, you (or a family member) can enroll immediately. Check it out right here at HealthCare.gov

Also important to note – your children could qualify for coverage through CHIP, even if you don’t qualify for Medicaid.

Make sure your friends and neighbors know this too – take a minute to share this message with them.

 

 

 

Fantastic Turnout!

Yesterday’s NAMI Pasco July Education Meeting, Monday, July 7 at 7 PM, was a huge success! HugeSuccessTwenty guests joined us around a sizable conference table at the home of our generous host, North Tampa Behavioral Health.

The screening of “Depression and Bipolar Awareness: From Diagnosis to Remission,” prompted a number of questions for our guest speaker, Jason A. Tompkins, LCSW, Psychotherapist, and Chairperson of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Among the things we learned:

  • Clinical depression is episodic, recurrent, and worsens over time
  • Genetics and stress play a role in depression and bipolar disorder
  • It’s very important to get a good evaluation from a well-credentialed doctor to determine the scope of illness. (What, exactly, is going on physically, emotionally, mentally?)
  • Depression and bipolar disorder are treatable conditions. They will respond to treatment, just like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, for example
  • People with the illnesses can go on to lead happy, productive lives!nami pasco logo