Putting Children First is a four hour, court mandated, educational support group for parents who are about to embark on divorce. The program recognizes that loving, caring parents may lose sight of how deeply their children may be affected by their decision to obtain a divorce.
The thought is that if parents are more informed about the pitfalls of families in divorce, they may be more responsive to their children’s needs during this time.
Some of the topics that are covered during the session include, co-parenting, dealing with children’s anger, dealing with an unhappy spouse, etc. The idea is to facilitate a discussion within the group that will put all parents on a more positive level with their children and the spouses they are divorcing. The goal is to empower the parents and to stress how important it is to share with their children that the divorce is not their fault. The hope is that these parents will walk away from the class with better knowledge and, therefore; create a better atmosphere for themselves and their children during a difficult time.
Peer support is an important aspect of recovery for persons with mental illness. A Peer led support group brings people together who have similar experiences. Meetings are confidential, informal, non-judgmental, and are geared to stimulate discussion and sharing of concerns. Joining a support group is a valuable addition to, but not in place of, professional treatment. Support groups can help you feel less alone by making connections with others and get you motivated to stick to your treatment plan.
We have the following ongoing support groups:
Depression Support Group:
Meets every Thursday, 10:30 A.M. to noon, MHA office
Veterans Support Group:
Meets Wednesday from 07:00 PM to 8:30 PM MHA office
Here for Life Support Group:
Meets 1st Tuesday every Month from 07:00PM to 8:30PM MHA office
If you still have questions, please contact The Mental Health Association at 239-261-5405 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see our calendar of current events for more information.
It is estimated that about one in five children have a diagnosable mental health disorder, and one in ten children have a disorder of such seriousness that it interferes with their functioning at home, at school, and in our community. We can stop this cycle and help our youth become successful, productive individuals.
That is why we are networking with other agencies and community effort programs to bring valuable projects into focus. Working together as a solid community resource is fundamental in achieving our goals.
The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida gives the Professionals the opportunity to network among their peers and other local professionals at various meetings and events.
All Professional members are invited to our Annual Meeting as part of their membership at no cost. These meeting not only offer a keynote speaker but an excellent networking occasion. There are various other forums and meetings held throughout the year, including Divorce Alliance, CEU Classes, and Fundraising Events allowing our Professional members to meet various people in our community.
Fact: People with mental illnesses, like everyone else, have the potential to work at any level depending on their own abilities, experience and motivation.
Fact: It is estimated that more than 6 million young people in America may suffer from a mental health disorder that severely disrupts their ability to function at home, in school, or in their community.
Fact: The vast majority of people with mental illnesses are not violent. In the cases when violence does occur, the incidence typically results from the same reasons as with the general public such as feeling threatened or excessive use of alcohol and/or drugs.
Fact: Today, most people can lead productive lives within their communities thanks to a variety of supports, programs, and/or medications.
Fact: People with mental illnesses can recover and resume normal activities. For example, Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes”, who had clinical depression, received treatment and led an enriched and accomplished life.