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Tobacco Free Florida

Help Your Patients
Quit Smoking

If your patients are ready to take the next step in quitting, refer them to Florida’s free and evidence-based resources.

Visit the website here.



Tobacco Free Florida and the FSU College of Medicine are working to expand access to treatment for tobacco dependency to people with mental health and substance abuse disorders. These individuals have significantly higher tobacco use prevalence rates compared to the general population, experience stronger withdrawal symptoms, and are less likely to have stopped smoking over their lifetime. Like other smokers, smokers with mental illness ARE interested in quitting and are able to quit when supported with evidence-based treatments. If you would like information about helping your clientele quit tobacco, please contact Andrée Aubrey at FSU College of Medicine at 850-645-6439 or andree.aubrey@med.fsu.edu. There are many resources available to you including scholarships for staff training, technical assistance with incorporating services at your site and other resources to support a tobacco project.

Visit the website here.

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NIH Multimodal Brain Stimulation, Colleen Hanlon

The National Institutes of Health is hosting the Multimodal TMS Speaker Series to bring together the leaders in the field conducting research using non-invasive brain stimulation and functional imaging including EEG and fMRI.

Colleen Hanlon will be speaking on May 31st, 2:30 pm. The event will be broadcast via web-ex and archived for later viewing. 

For more information click here.

(05.25.17)

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FREE community event.

Save the date in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Read the flyer here.

(05.25.17)

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Report: Fentanyl Now Florida's Deadliest Drug.

A new report from Florida medical examiners finds fentanyl caused more deaths than any other drug in Florida last year.

Read the article on the Health News Florida site here

(05.25.17)

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Alarming stats on veteran suicide.

For information about wellness services and support available for veterans:

Visit the After Deployment website here.

(05.22.17)

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David Lawrence Center hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony.

In the mental health field, there is reason to celebrate when more treatment options become available. That was the case last Friday when the David Lawrence Center hosted a fair and ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce a children’s outpatient complex on its Golden Gate Parkway campus in East Naples, along with a new pharmacy and adult primary-care center.

Read about the Genoa Company Pharmacy opening

Read about the children's program here

Read the Naples News story here

(05.15.17)

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SAMHSA seeks applications for up to $7.8 million in grants to promote substance use disorder recovery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking applications for up to $7.8 million in FY 2017 Building Communities of Recovery grants. These grants are designed to help build recovery systems for people with substance use disorders in communities throughout the nation.

SAMHSA anticipates that up to 13 awards will be made for up to $200,000 each year for up to three years. Actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

Click here for detailed information on the initial announcement

(05.15.17)

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Ashleigh Husbands - Regional Suicide Prevention Specialist, FL LINC Project

Ashleigh was recently selected through a competitive audition to talk about youth suicide prevention at an upcoming TEDx event in Lake County, on September 15. TEDx talks are organized events that host speakers to present on innovative ideas, research, stories or anything else that can promote either a change in ways of thinking or a call to action. These talks are videotaped and released on YouTube. Ashleigh was very excited to audition for this and she is super excited to have gotten selected. I hope you all can make it to this event to support Ashleigh and the work we do. Congrats Ashleigh!!

(05.12.17)

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Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use.

Youth use of tobacco in any form is unsafe. If smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 will die early from a smoking-related illness. That’s about 1 of every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger alive today. 

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has a variety of brochures and fact sheets available for download:

Visit the NIH site to download materials

(05.12.17)

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Discussion on maternal stress, mental health tonight.

Imagine a pregnant woman who is at risk for gestational diabetes or high blood pressure but is never screened or assessed for those dangerous conditions. 

Read the story on tallahassee.com

(05.11.17)

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Trump’s pick to run mental health is poised to shake things up.

Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz calls for a bold shift in priorities, away from support services and toward more aggressive treatment of psychiatric patients.

Click here to read the entire article.

(05.11.17)

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Cognitive Triad of Traumatic Stress

Download a larger image here

(05.10.17)

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I love my baby – so why am I so blue?

Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that occurs in nearly 15 percent of births and may begin shortly before or within a week to a month after childbirth. Mothers with postpartum depression experience feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that may make it difficult for them to complete daily care activities for themselves or for others. Only a health care provider can diagnose a woman with postpartum depression. If you or someone you know may be at risk of postpartum depression, you should contact a behavioral health professional. See the FCCMH website for a list of behavioral health organizations in Florida.

Watch the NIH video here

(05.09.17)

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The Hidden Impact of Untreated Trauma.

Trauma is a near universal experience of individuals with behavioral health problems. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, 55% – 99% of women in substance use treatment and 85% – 95% of women in the public mental health system report a history of trauma, with the abuse most commonly having occurred in childhood.

An individual’s experience of trauma impacts every area of human functioning — physical, mental, behavioral, social, spiritual. Trauma is shrouded in secrecy and denial and is often ignored. But when we don’t ask about trauma in behavioral healthcare, harm is done or abuse is unintentionally recreated by the use of forced medication, seclusion, or restraints. The good news is that trauma is treatable — there are many evidence-based models and promising practices designed for specific populations, types of trauma, and behavioral health manifestations.

Download the infographic here

(05.09.17)

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Mental health training vital for UCF cops around final exams.

UCF police officers attended a series of refresher classes on dealing with those going through a crisis in preparation for final exams, which is when police respond to a heightened number of mental health calls. It was the first year the agency held the classes. 

Read the Orlando Sentinel story here

(05.08.17)

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Mental Illness is More Prevalent than You May Realize.

In 2015, there were an estimated 43.4 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with mental illness* within the past year. This number represents 17.9% of all U.S. adults.

Click here to read the entire article.

(05.08.17)

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Budget released.

Here is the 2017-2018 GAA, SB 2500. It will be voted out Monday, May 8th at approx.. 2:40 PM.

Download the document here

(05.05.17)

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Mental Health Services for Children Drop, While Youth Baker Act Examinations Spike.

The number of children 0-5 receiving mental health treatment services has declined dramatically over the past 10 years, while the number of involuntary (Baker Act) examinations of children has doubled in the past 5 years.

Download the document here

(05.05.17)

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Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2017 is on Thursday, May 4.

The national event will take place on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC. SAMHSA will also webcast the event. The 2017 national event will feature interactive panels.

For more information visit the website

(05.04.17)

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Four sessions scheduled for locations in Florida.

As part of Mental Health Awareness month NAMI Florida is hosting listening sessions for families, caregivers and individuals living with serious mental illness.

Download the Tallahassee flyer

Download the Orlando flyer

Download the Miami flyer

Download the Tampa flyer

(05.04.17)

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John Romano speaks out on the opioid crisis in the Capitolist op-ed today.

"FCCMH appreciates the steps Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Surgeon General Celeste Philip, Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen are taking with this week to raise awareness about the scourge of opiate abuse."

Click here to read the entire article.

(05.03.17)

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Governor Scott directs statewide public health emergency for opioid epidemic.

From a press release earlier this morning.

Click here to read the entire article.

(05.03.17)

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Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jail

Provided by the Stepping Up Initiative.

Click here to read the entire article.

(05.01.17)

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Circles of Care announces David Feldman as President/CEO.

David has previously served as Executive Vice President & Treasurer. He was named a FCCMH Fellow in 1979 and received the FCCMH Distinguished Service Award in 1988. Congratulations to David for his new duties with Circles of Care.

(04.27.17)

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Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Class Held at the Flagler Emergency Operations Center.

"This training has been proven to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and substance use disorders, to make participants more knowledgeable about those disorders, and to increase the participant's comfort with approaching and assisting a person who is having a behavioral health crisis,” said Ivan Cosimi, CEO of SMA. “We are thrilled our community partners have joined
us in being better prepared to serve our community."

Download the news release here

(04.26.17)

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Linda De Piano, PhD, Recognized for Behavioral Health Leadership.

On Friday, April 21st, Linda received the Bruce Rendina Professional Hero Award from the Palm Beach County Medical Society. She will also receive the Women in Leadership Award for the nonprofit sector from Executive Women of the Palm Beaches on May 11th.

Download the news release here

(04.25.17)

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2017 Admin Forum agenda has been posted.

We are looking forward to a fabulous group of speakers and engaged conversations in Orlando next month!

Download the agenda here

(04.21.17)

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Prince William and Lady Gaga have teamed up to tackle mental illness.

A great collaboration.

Watch the video on MIC here

(04.21.17)

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We're facing a critical psychiatric shortage.

The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s mental health and addictions treatment organizations. In a recent report, their Medical Director Institute delved into how we can fix it:

Download the flyer here

(04.18.17)

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FSU College of Medicine, Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Offering a new article "Tobacco and Your Business".

Click here to read the entire article.

(04.10.17)

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Two new resources aimed at improving community-based suicide prevention efforts nationwide

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) and its partners including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)—recently released the following resources:

Transforming Communities: Key Elements for Comprehensive Community-Based Suicide Prevention

Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices

(04.07.17)

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Meridian Receives Award of Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare inc., received the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Award of Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management for their Forensics program at the NatCon17 Gala.

Click here to read the news release

(04.07.17)

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NAMI and Suicide Prevention at The Capitol

Working together to adequately fund the community behavioral health system of care in Florida while bringing awareness and acceptance of those effected.

(04.07.17)

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Watch the webinar "Addressing Tobacco Use in Menal Health" by Jill M. Williams, MD.

If you were unable to attend the live presentation at the FSU Turnbull Center on June 17, 2016, you may watch this recorded presentation and be eligible to receive CMEs/CEUs.

Watch the presentation online today!

After viewing the presentation, download the form below and fill it out entirely. Email the completed form to kendra@fccmh.org and your CEUs/CMEs will be processed.

Download the CME/CEU form here.
(06.27.16)


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