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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?


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.



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

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posted on, 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







The Baker Act

FloridaStateSymbol“The Baker Act” is a Florida statute (or law enacted by the Florida legislature) that went into effect in 1971.

Its official title is the “Florida Mental Health Act of 1971″. The law states that a person can be involuntarily institutionalized or “examined” if there is evidence that this individual has a mental illness and is a potential harm to himself or others. Here’s a direct link to the statute, (which is surprisingly easier to read than you might think.)

Several different kinds of people can initiate a Baker Act:

  • Doctors
  • Judges
  • Law enforcement officials
  • Licensed mental health professionals

A person who is brought into a “receiving facility” under the Baker Act may be held for up to 72 hours. There are more than 100 such receiving facilities in the state of Florida, which may take people who have been sent to them under this law. Receiving facilities must pass rigorous state inspections before being credentialed as Baker Act-compliant.

For more information contact Deputy Curtis Adams at (404) 435-0616 or Deputy Adams is the Baker Act liaison for the Pasco County Sheriff’s office, and a fully credentialed Crisis Intervention Team Training officer.

It’s important to remember that people being held under the Florida Baker Act still have rights governed by the law. These rights are in place to protect the dignity and assure physical and emotional safety of those being involuntarily treated for mental illness. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights In Florida (CCHRF) also offers a Baker Act Q & A page. CCHR’s mission is to investigate and expose crimes in mental health.

Mental Illness Issues in The Classroom: Free Workshop

nami pasco logoNAMI Pasco is partnering with the Tampa Bay Times Newspapers in Education Foundation to bring awareness of mental health issues, early warning signs, resources, and much more to teachers.

The free, one-night workshop is designed for teachers of grades 6 through 12. Date, time, and location are listed below. You can also download our flyer containing all necessary information.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
NAMI Pasco, Jallo Plaza
6480 Land O’Lakes Blvd.
Land O’Lakes, FL 34638

Register online at
RSVP deadline: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Space is limited. If you register and cannot
attend, please contact
so that someone on the waiting list may attend.


It’s Here! New Writing Class for Caregivers

EldercareAre you someone who spends a lot of time providing care for a family member or
friend? Are there thoughts and feelings about your experience as a caregiver that
you’d like to try expressing through writing? If the answer to both these questions
is “Yes!” then you might be interested in joining a new writers’ group for
caregivers called “Finding Your Voice.” Contact teacher and author
Judith Henry at
Download a flyer for all the information you need:  Writing Class for Caregivers