In the past several years, we’ve heard a lot about the importance of building resilience in children. Resilience helps them withstand and overcome challenges, learn from them, develop and succeed. Building resilience in children can help protect children from mental health conditions. These can include depression and anxiety. Also, resiliency can offset factors that increase the risk of mental health conditions, such as being [...]
Mental Health Mondays Blog
Mental Health Mondays is a virtual series on Facebook that connects Lee Health partners and Southwest Florida mental health advocates with the region’s families to share expert advice and resources, as well as at-home activities for kids. Streamed live every Monday, the segments feature psychologists, therapists, physicians, child advocates as well as other art, mind and body professionals to help caregivers with their child’s mental health.
After each segment, a blog is created that includes key takeaways, tips and resources for families. Scroll below to view and read blogs from previous segments.
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An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is created when a child is evaluated for special education, and the school determines that he or she qualifies for services and support. The IEP is created to help children improve academically and build skills. The idea is for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel and students (when appropriate) to be part of the IEP team and work [...]
On Monday, Sept. 13 Dr. Paul Simeone, Vice President of Mental and Behavioral Health, Lee Health; Chantel Rhodes, Child Advocate, Golisano Children’s Hospital; Kelly Maguire, Student Advocate; Damini Parkhi, Student Advocate; and Grace Smith; Student Advocate talked about how to empower loved ones and friends to care for their mental health and well-being through talking and listening. VIEW SEGMENT “Normal is Overrated” “Normal [...]
On Monday, July 26, Caroline Brennan, supervisor for Mental Health Supports & Social Emotional Learning, Collier County Public Schools, and Sherry Wenzel, Mental Health Services coordinator for the School District of Lee County offered tips for parents to address children’s mental health and get children ready to go back to school on Aug. 10 in Lee and Collier counties. VIEW SEGMENT Tolls of Isolation [...]
On Monday, June 28, Adam Larivee, MSW of LifeScape Counseling Services; Rev. CJ McGregor of All Faiths Unitarian Congregation; Crystal Dawn Czyscon, activist and parent of transgender child; and Emmie Spiller, youth activist, discussed LGBTQ+ mental health and wellness. VIEW SEGMENT WHERE WE WERE 52 years ago, on June 28, 1969, is when the Stonewall Riots/Uprising occurred, the first uprising of the LGBTQ community, [...]
On Monday, May June 21, Deputy First Class C. Tyus, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Allan Kolak, Cape Coral Police Department, and Deborah Comella, executive director, The Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida talked about the insight of what’s happening with children from school resource officers (SRO), as well as tips for parents on keeping their children safe. VIEW SEGMENT Notes from the Playground: Vaping Lt. Allan Kolak: Children middle school and higher are using vape pens and e-cigarettes, including vape pens with [...]
On Monday, May 10, Carly McGovern, founder of the Fort Myers Progress Panel, and Damini Parkhi, student leader, talked about Normal is Overrated, a program to help SWFL Teens talk about their mental health experiences to break the stigma and help teens find mental health support. VIEW SEGMENT What is Normal is Overrated? Fort Myers Progress Panel was founded by Carly McGovern, who then [...]
On Monday, May 3, Tara Kellogg of Chrysalis Health and Shannon Wisely, Fort Myers licensed mental health counselor, discussed maternal mental health “When Motherhood Hurts” at the beginning of maternal mental health awareness week. What is Maternal Mental Health? It is a newer term that has been created to replace the more well-known, but outdated term “postpartum depression,” which is not exactly accurate. We [...]
View Upcoming Sessions “Lee Health: A Team Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder” On Monday, April 5, Dr. Jason Sabo, pediatric developmental and behavioral specialist, Dr. Guillermo Phillips, pediatric neurology specialist, Dr. Margie Morales, pediatric development and behavioral specialist, and Jillian DaGraca, autism navigator, discussed Autism Spectrum Disorder and what Lee Health is doing to take care of these patients. Dr. Sabo: What is [...]
View Upcoming Sessions “Play Therapy… It’s Not All Fun and Games” On Monday, March 29, Dr. Susan Hook, founder and executive director, Samaritan Health and Wellness Center, Inc. and Dr. Joel Montalvo, director of counseling Services and clinical pastoral counseling, Samaritan Health and Wellness Center, Inc. discussed the benefits of play therapy for child wellness. Integrated Primary Care Behavioral Health Model It’s a [...]