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Naples Daily News | USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA — 03/09/2018
Pediatricians who heed a recommendation to screen all children for depression starting at age 12 could look to how it’s done in Collier County.
Updated screening guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics were in the works before the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, which exposed shortcomings of the mental health system in Florida. Nikolas Cruz, 18, accused of killing 17 students and staffers and injuring 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, had a history of depression and acting out as a student. He refused treatment after […]
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The rate of teen suicide has steadily increased since 2005. Among youth ages 15-24 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death. A ripple effect of needs is created when a teenage suicide death occurs. Responding appropriately is critical to ensuring that everyone affected—family, friends and the school community—receives the right type and amount of support.
Grief can have a profound impact on students and may create new mental health issues or worsen existing conditions. Additional […]
Liz Freeman, Naples Daily News — USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA — 06/10/2018
The deaths by suicide this week of two famous people drive home the need for more attention on mental illness and suicide prevention, experts say. The deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and television personality Anthony Bourdain reinforce that depression has no boundaries and can afflict people from all walks of life. “Mental illness touches all,” said Vacharee Howard, executive vice president of the Lee County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “Depression doesn’t care who you are. It doesn’t matter how much money you make.”
Editorial Board — Naples Daily News, USA TODAY NETWORK – Florida — 06/09/2018
While Florida ranks at the bottom among states in supporting mental health programs, there are reasons to feel better about what’s being done locally in Collier County.
During a County Commission meeting this week that focused on mental health and addiction services, Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk put this in perspective based on his interaction with law enforcement leaders across the state and nation. “It is important that our community understand that we are way, way ahead in trying to make a positive impact on mental health,” he said.
He cited […]
Building is in plans to expand Collier’s mental health care
Liz Freeman, Naples Daily News — USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA / 06/06/2018
For Collier County to get a handle on its mental health and addiction crisis, a top priority would involve building a centralized receiving facility for stream-lined access to treatment.
A draft plan involves a 55,000-square-foot building on the campus of the David Lawrence Center on Golden Gate Parkway in East Naples, Scott Burgess, chief executive officer of the non-profit mental health center, said at a workshop Tuesday. The estimated cost to build it is $26.5 million, he said, and the […]
Hidden In Plain Sight
Susanna Rodriguez, 54, packs up her new tent and hygiene kit on her bike during the annual homeless count by The Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County at Guadalupe Social Services in Immokalee on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Rodriguez’s home was destroyed in Hurricane Irma last year and she is now homeless. (Photo: Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News)
NAPLES DAILY NEWS: Leland Thomas Jr. is industrious. He’s got a boom box strapped in the basket of his Panama Jack bicycle. A travel coffee thermos fits snugly in a cup holder attached to the handlebars.He has no concerns navigating […]
DOES 13 REASONS WHY MAKE TEENS VULNERABLE?
There has been a lot of talk – and controversy — about the very popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, based on the novel of the same name by Jay Asher. The show is about Hannah Baker, a high school student who takes her own life and then explains what she sees as the 13 “reasons” that led to her decision. Her reasons are described in a box of cassette tapes she leaves behind for the people she says contributed to her death. In these tapes, she explains her perception of how these individuals wronged […]
Faulty assumptions linking mental illness to violence is the wrong approach
Published in The Hill by Opinion Contributor Ronald Honberg, J.D., senior policy adviser at the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Sadly, what has become an all-too-familiar heartbreaking tragedy has occurred yet again: another mass shooting. As the details unfold hour-by-hour in the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs and throughout the country, a prejudicial narrative has once again made its way into the conversation before all the facts are revealed: that mental illness was involved.
Immediately after the shooting, we heard President Trump, and others, offer the statement that the Texas shooting […]