Join The Next Community Conversation, “Opioid Addiction: The Inside Story” on Oct. 22

Every day, there are 170 deaths due to opioid overdose, according to a study by the National Academy of Medicine. Since 1999, the number of opioid-related deaths — from both prescription opioids and illegal drugs including heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil — has quadrupled. In 2016, there were more than 4,600 deaths due to opioid overdose in Florida, up 67% from the prior year. Florida is ranked 13th in the nation for overdose deaths.

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare is hosting a Community Conversationto discuss the opioid epidemic in Northeast Florida at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 22, at the Peck Auditorium in Fernandina Beach. With a straightforward and open discussion by experts and a recovering opioid user,“Opioid Addiction: The Inside Story”will tackle the issue with facts and compelling personal stories. Their presentations will be followed by open discussion among those attending.

The event will include a robust discussion of the causes and treatment of opioid addiction, including Medication Assisted Recovery programs, and  the use of NARCAN by emergency personnel. The personal story of one local woman who defeated her addiction to opioids will provide a candid look at how addiction can affect someone’s life.

Addiction and overdose not only destroy individual lives, but erode the health and prosperity of entire families and communities. The economic toll is significant; according to the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, the opioid crisis cost $504 billion in 2015, or 2.8 percent of gross domestic product.

NACRCAN and Medication Assisted Treatment

But with the improved availability of drugs like NARCAN, emergency providers are able to rescue many who might otherwise have died from an overdose. Recovery from opioid addiction ispossible, especially with Medication Assisted Treatment programs like those available at Starting Point.

The featured speakers for Community Conversations will be:

  • Tina Miller, LPC, LMHC,NBCC, MCAP, Behavioral Health Team Leader at Starting Point
  • Frank Montes de Oca, retired Fire Chief and Paramedic, and Training Consultant for emergency responders
  • Jill, Recovering from Opioid Use

Mr. Montes de Oca is a former firefighter, paramedic, fire chief and executive emergency services professional who has served communities in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina. he is a subject matter expert in safety and security with forty years experience in fire and emergency management, pre-hospital medical services, and disaster planning and response.

Tina Miller

Frank Montes de Oca

Currently, he develops and delivers training programs for fire and public safety responders throughout the United States as a recognized instructor for the National Fire Academy, Federal Emergency Management Institute, US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Anna Miller, who also goes by Tina, is a team leader at Starting Point, where she has been for more than four years. She oversees many programs, including Mental Health Court, Marchman Court, Child Welfare, jail services, and the Medication Assisted Treatment Program. Tina has over 15 years experience and holds a license in both Florida and Georgia.  She is a Certified Master’s level Addiction Professional and is a nationally-certified counselor with the National Board for Certified Counselors. She is a member of the American Counseling Association. Tina holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice as well as a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. 

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Peck Auditorium, 516 South 10th Street in Fernandina Beach. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. To register for Opioid Addiction: The Inside Story, A Community Conversation, please Email dforbes@spbh.orgor call 904.225.8280, ext. 428.

About Starting Point

Starting Point Behavioral Health provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 2,800 individuals each year and has been serving the region for over 25 years. 

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Important Message About Suicide Prevention

An Important Message About Suicide Prevention From The National Council For Behavioral Health

Preventing Suicide is Everyone’s Business: Statement by Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO

The high-profile deaths by suicide last week of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade shed light on a growing national problem. While other causes of death are declining, the suicide rate keeps climbing – alarmingly so. The same week Bourdain and Spade died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a studywhich revealed that suicide rates increased in all but one state between 1999 and 2016, with half of those states seeing an increase of 30 percent. Nearly 45,000 Americans died by suicide in 2016 – that’s one person every 12 minutes.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade and to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. Clearly, suicide is not an isolated incident and it’s not just a mental health problem. The CDC reported that more than half – 54 percent – of people who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition. Among the other factors that contributed to suicide deaths were relationship problems, substance use, physical illnesses, job loss and money troubles. Suicide is a public health problem that can and must be prevented.

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Suicide Rates Are Increasing

What You Should Know

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US. Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor. In fact, many people who die by suicide are not known to have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death.

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Community Conversation: How Your Digestive Health Impacts Your Mental Wellness

Starting Point’s July 30 Community Conversation To Focus on Digestive Health And Its Influence On Mental Health

You have probably had a “gut feeling” or some stomach upset when you were stressed. Now, scientists are learning that there is actually a “second brain” in your gut that influences how you think and feel. In fact, studies show the “little brain” in your gut actually includes more than 100 million nerve cells that controls digestion. It is called the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) and it communicates with our big brain, impacting our mental health.

How is your gut tied to your mental health? Join Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare for How Your Digestive Health Impacts Your Mental Wellness: A Community Conversation to learn about and discuss the connection between your brain and your gut. The event will be held on July 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Peck Center, 516 South 10th Street in Fernandina Beach. 

Julie Schafer, Director of Health Partnerships at Baptist Health, will be the Keynote Speaker. Her presentation will include an overview of the neurological connections between the two, and how you can influence the health of both. The audience is invited to join in the conversation following her presentation. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Julie Schafer is the Director of Health Partnerships for Baptist Health, which includes oversight of 5 Healthy Living Centers inside YMCAs, a wellness office at the Jewish Community Center, and 3 convenient care clinics inside of Walgreens.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, a Master’s degree in Public Health, and is finishing a certification in Integrative Nutrition and a degree in Functional Medicine.  She worked previously at Brooks Rehabilitation for 8 years, where she established wellness programs for persons living with stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, and brain injury, along with a Caregiver Support group.  Julie actively pursues learning new research in the fields of medicine, digestive health, nutrition, and the link to mental health and wellness.

To register for the Community Conversation, please Email dforbes@spbh.org or call 904.225.8280, ext. 428.

 

About Starting Point

Starting Point Behavioral Health provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 2,300 individuals each year and has been serving the region for over 25 years. For more information, visit spbh.org.

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Don’t Miss Charity Night March 22!

Come out to dinner and support Starting Point’s mental health and substance abuse treatment programs on Thursday, March 22, at Four Seasons Bistro. A portion of the cost of your dinner will be donated to Starting Point during Charity Night. Enjoy the food, and be sure to tell your server that you are supporting Starting Point – or bring this flyer with you.

 

 

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Register Now For March or April Mental Health First Aid Class

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare has scheduled two Adult Mental Health First Aid Classes in March and April. The classes are free and open to the public, but registration is required. The 8-hour classes take place in the Fernandina Beach Police Department’s Community Room from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Mental Health First Aid program teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the person who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. 

Studies have proven the CPR-like program is effective in improving knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.  

Starting Point staff member Katrina Robinson-Wheeler is certified by the National Council to provide the Mental Health First Aid program. Since Starting Point began offering the program in 2014, more than 1,500 Northeast Florida residents have received the training. The trainings are provided at no charge with funding from Baptist Health and Lutheran Services Floria.

Mental Health First Aid training classes are offered via open community classes or scheduled individually for groups and organizations. For more information or to register for a class, visit mhfanassau.com or call Starting Point at 904.225.8280.    

About Starting Point

Starting Point Behavioral Health provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in the Northeast Florida region. For the last 25 years, Starting Point has served adults and children, providing more than 8,000 hours of care in 2017 alone. Starting Point is a non-profit agency and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

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Sept. 30 Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Register Now For Youth MHFA

Registration is now open at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Community/YMHFA

The class is free and lunch will be provided.

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Sign Up Now For October 12 Adult MHFA Class

Registration is now open for an Adult Mental Health First Aid class on Thursday, October 12. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Police Department’s Community Room, 1525 Lime St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. The class is presented by Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

The class is free but registration is required. To register, visit MHFANassau.com or call Starting Point at 904-415-9350.

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Be The Difference During Back-to-School Month

     
 

August is back-to-school month, and we all know what that means. The new school year means new clothes, shoes, school supplies and more. But part of preparing to go back to school, whether as a student or teacher, also means taking care of your mental health and well-being.

As part of our #BeTheDifference campaign, we’re focusing on both students’ and teachers’ mental health all month long.

Here’s how you can #BeTheDifference during the month of August:

  1. Join the Twitter Chat on August 17 at 2 p.m. ET, with partners PROJECT 375 and Michi Marshall on Lessons Learned About Mental Health at School.
  2. Read our back-to-school mental health tips. In August we’ll be regularly posting blogs about dealing with mental health challenges at school—make sure to share them with your networks.
  3. Share this infographic about youth mental health at school on social media and beyond!
  4. If you are trained in Mental Health First Aid and work in a school setting, or if you are an Instructor that trains school staff, email EricaH@TheNationalCouncil.org to share your story for a chance to be featured on the blog!

During the transition back into the school year, students and teachers alike can face a variety of mental health challenges, so knowing how to recognize and provide assistance tailored to the individual’s needs is important.

Thank you for being the difference in your community and spreading the word about Mental Health First Aid.

 
     
   
     
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Congratulations to May 26 Class!

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare would like to congratulate our latest round of graduates from the Adult Mental Health First Aid class! This group completed the 8-hour class on May 26, 2017. The next class is scheduled for June 30. The class is free but registration is required. Register now.

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May is Mental Health Month

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare marked the month of May as Mental Health Month with a number of activities designed to raise awareness about the issue in the community. Board members, staff and volunteers gave out information about Mental Health First Aid classes and other programs at the annual Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, and the County Commission issued a Proclamation in support of May as Mental Health Month in Nassau County. A large banner in downtown Fernandina Beach is also displayed to raise awareness, and the agency has added a special section on the Starting Point website with information about mental health. The next Mental Health First Aid class is scheduled for Friday, May 26, and seats are still available. You can sign up for free at http://www.mhfanassau.com/class-calendar.

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