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 [...]
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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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 It is a newer term that has been created to replace the more well-known, but outdated term “postpartum depression,” which is not exactly accurate.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 [...]
View Upcoming Sessions “Accessing Early Childhood Screening & Intervention” On Monday, March 1, Dr. Beth McBride, Director of Early Learning for Collier County Public School District; Dr. Courtney Whitt, Director of Integrated Behavioral Health for Healthcare Network; Danielle Cwikla, ESE Coordinator for Collier County Public Schools; Dr. Deidre Phillips, Coordinator of the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS); and Imperia Torres, Family Resource [...]
View Upcoming Sessions “School Counselors: All in for All Students!” On Monday, Feb. 1, Lori Brooks, director of school counseling and Mental Health Services for the School District of Lee County; Allison Ferraro, coordinator of school counseling 9-12 for Collier County Public Schools; Stephen McFadden, coordinator of school counseling K-8 for Collier County Public Schools: and Mary Lynn Rodriguez, coordinator of school counseling Services [...]
View Upcoming Sessions “Changing Minds: The Benefits of Community Collaboration for SWFL Families” On Monday, Jan. 11, Stacey Cook, President and CEO of SalusCare; Dr. Paul Simeone, Vice President and Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Lee Health; and Lauren Walker, program manager, population Health at Lee Health, discussed “Changing Minds: The Benefits of Community Collaboration for SWFL Families” and the necessity of community [...]
View Upcoming Sessions “The Importance of LGBTQ+ Peer Support” On Monday, Dec. 14, Tesharia Folkes, a licensed clinical social worker and facilitator for the Visuality LGBT+ youth support group and Chris Nunez, president of Visuality, discuss a new LGBT+ weekly virtual peer support group funded by Kids’ Minds Matter. Below are some key takeaways and resources from the segment. Key Takeaways 1. What is [...]
View Upcoming Sessions “How Veterans can talk with kids about PTSD” On Monday, Dec. 7, Dr. Wes Sanders, pediatric psychologist for Home Base; Armando Hernandez, program director for Home Base Southwest Florida; and Dr. Paul Simeone, vice president and medical director of behavioral health at Lee Health discussed how Veterans can speak with children about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Below are some key takeaways [...]
View Upcoming Sessions “My Young Adult Needs Help: How to navigate when signs of mental health services are needed” On Monday, November 2, Jayme Hodges, MSW, LCSW-QS, Director of the Behavioral Health Center at Lee Health discussed how to navigate when signs of mental health services are needed for young adults. Mental Health by the Numbers NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness [...]