Category Archives: Taking Action!

We’re Having a Party!

Join the Fun! (Eat, Dance, Celebrate Awareness of Mental Health Recovery and More!)

Let’s Get Together at the New Port Richey Elks Lodge! Every Ticket Bought Helps NAMI Pasco Advocate for People and their Families Living with the Effects of Mental Illness…

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NAMI Pasco Partners with the “Circle of Veterans Ranch & Rehab Center”

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NAMI Pasco is proud to celebrate its community partnership with The Circle of Veterans and Families Ranch and Rehabilitation Center. The Circle of Veteran’s mission is “to provide a week-long safe haven for our Veterans and their families  in order to begin the journey of healing mind, body and spirit” on a 10-acre ranch in Dade City/Lacoochee, Pasco County.

There is no cost to veterans to participate in The Circle of Veterans.

The non-profit organization was founded by Tice L. Ridley, a recently retired Senior Army Officer with two combat tours that earned him a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. Retired for medical reasons, Tice has firsthand knowledge of family struggles with post-traumatic stress and other trauma-related conditions. The Circle of Veterans integrates Rapid Resolution Therapy and equine therapy to address mental health and human development needs, Both therapeutic approaches are practiced at the Circle of Veterans by specialists with decades of experience in their respective fields at the Circle’s educational and rehabilitative retreats for vets.

NAMI Pasco is proud to open its Dade City Connection Recovery Support Group meetings to all participants of the Circle of Veterans.

Learn about Medication Safety on Monday, April 6!

 

Enter Leslie Gervase BA, RN-BC, OCN. She’s
the Patient Care Leader for Morton Plant medical-pills
North Bay Hospital. Ms. Gervase will lead a discussion on proper medication storage and more. You can also check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Medication and Safety Program as a primer for our discussion.

Download our  NAMI Pasco April Education Flyer for all the information you need to attend.

RSVPs are not required but much appreciated. Find everything you need to know below. Hope to see you on Monday, March 6, 2015 at Rasmussen College’s Lutz Campus. mental  illness facts 3

 

Date  Monday, April 6, 2015
Time  5:00 to 6:30 PM
Location Rasmussen College
18600 State Road 54
Lutz, FL.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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