Hope Starts Here

Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 10:02 AM
Author: Charlotte Behavioral

Read our “Hope Starts Here” newsletter to learn more about the progress on CBHC’s Margo Lang Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit expansion.

“Dine with a Star at the Burg’r Bar” Fundraiser to Support Suicide Prevention & Education

Friday, February 10, 2017 @ 11:02 AM
Author: Charlotte Behavioral

Join us in the side yard at Burg’r Bar, located at 317 Tamiami Trail in Punta Gorda, on Tuesday, March 14 from 5 p.m. until late for a fundraiser benefiting the Fred Lang Foundation to support suicide prevention and education in Charlotte County.

Local “celebrities” will be on hand to serve attendees food and drink throughout the night, and several surprise STARS will show up to dine among the guests. Pulled pork sandwiches and chicken, water and soda, and beer and wine will be available for purchase, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Charlotte Behavioral Health Care’s (CBHC) Zero Suicide Program. Popular local artist Chris G will be providing the evening’s entertainment, and there will be a raffle for a fabulous prize.

“We are very excited to partner with the Fred Lang Foundation,” said Paul Lynch, owner of Burg’r Bar, “Mental Health and suicide prevention are very important issues, and our goal to help make a difference.”

In fact, suicide rates in Charlotte County (18.9%) are one of the highest in the State of Florida, and Florida ranks 49th in per capita spending for mental health treatment.

“Charlotte Behavioral Health Care has put its Zero Suicide Program at the top of its agenda,” said Keith Callaghan, President of the Fred Lang Foundation (Fred Lang Foundation is the fundraising arm for CBHC.), “They’ve made ‘Signs of Suicide’ presentations to all 7th and 8th graders in Charlotte County and have hosted parent nights so that parents learn to distinguish the difference between normal teenage angst and behaviors that may signal depression and thoughts of suicide.”

For more information or to sponsor the event, call Kelly Pomerville at (941) 639-8300 x 2275.


Welcome Latte, our Newest Pet Therapy Dog!

Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 11:01 AM
Author: Charlotte Behavioral

01.26.17_Latte & Kim SandersonSay hello to our newest pet therapy dog in training! Kim Sanderson, already mommy to Northside Psychiatric Services’ beloved Pet Therapy Dog, Colonel, just adopted little Latte. Latte is a Pitbull who was born on January 2, 2017. Colonel is excited to help train his new baby sister, and the staff just can’t stop cuddling with her!

Pet Therapy -Colonel

Understanding Women’s Health

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 10:06 AM
Author: Charlotte Behavioral

Understanding Women’s Health
Written by: Tyler T. Gibson
Marketing Intern

bigstock-Beautiful-young-woman-sitting--15795167Millions of women across the United States face depression at some point in their lives. Causes can vary from hormonal, personal relationships, or a family history of mental illness. But depression is not the only illness women can experience.

Every three minutes, a woman goes into the emergency room for prescription painkiller abuse, with 4.6 million women abusing prescription drugs.

Often individuals turn to substance abuse as a way to escape certain obstacles, or due to high levels of anxiety or stress.

According to Jean Tucker, LMHC and director of outpatient services at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, stress can be a major trigger.

“Stress can come from many areas such as relationships, children, work, finances, daily life, and can cause issues with depression and anxiety if women don’t have an adequate support system,” Tucker said.

Hormonal changes, especially after the birth of a child, can also be a cause.  Not only is a woman adapting to the changes within her body, she is also dealing with the changes in her daily life.

Tucker describes having a baby can be a wonderful time in a woman’s life, but it can also be a very stressful time as well.  According to the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH), nine percent of women experience postpartum PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) following childbirth.

Genetics can be a result in suffering from a mental illness. A family history of depression, mood disorders, or any other mental health disorder can predispose a woman to those mental health issues in her lifetime. More than 12 million women in the United States experience depression each year, two times the rate of men.

According to Tucker, a woman should seek treatment if she is feeling overwhelmed and needs support, if at any time she is having thoughts of hurting herself or others, including her children, or if her feelings of sadness or anxiety have lasted more than a few weeks. She should also seek help if those feelings impact her in several areas of her life.  Even if a woman thinks she is being over emotional or sensitive, she may still benefit from treatment to help her process those emotions.

Fortunately, according to the NCBH, 80 percent of women with depression feel better with treatment.


Charlotte Behavioral Health Care staffs more than 200 professionals who are ready to assist individuals with mental illnesses, substance abuse, and recovery efforts. In the event of a crisis, individuals can call the 24-hour emergency line at (941) 575-0222. For recovery, individuals can call (941) 347-6444. CBHC has three locations to service clients: Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and Arcadia. For a list of locations and addresses visit or call our main line at (941) 639-8600.








Test Anxiety 101: How to Calm the Storm

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 02:04 PM
Author: Charlotte Behavioral

Your child has been studying for days for their upcoming exam. They completed practice tests, received additional tutoring, joined a group study session, and felt more confident than ever. They arrive in class and receive their 30-question multiple choice exam. They write their name, today’s date, and subject, and that’s as far as they can remember. Their mind goes blank, their heart starts beating faster, hands start to sweat, and they can no longer concentrate. Despite the hours spent studying, they end up receiving a D on their exam. Does this sound like your child? Unfortunately, test anxiety occurs in many children and limits their ability to perform well on tests.

Anxiety creates a crippling effect that creates barrier blocking potential success. According to the American School Counselor Association, “Stressful emotions can inhibit a student’s ability to absorb, retain and recall information. Anxiety creates a kind of “noise” or “mental static” in the brain that blocks our ability to retrieve what’s stored in memory and also greatly impairs our ability to comprehend and reason. The key to understanding how anxiety inhibits cognitive and physical performance lies in understanding how emotions affect the rhythmic activity in the nervous system.”

For some students, they feel a lot of pressure from their parents to succeed. Thus, they have a fear of failing and put additional pressure on themselves. Unfortunately, the additional stress can limit their success on tests and negative outcomes hinder their self-esteem and confidence. Students who do not take out enough time to prepare may also experience test anxiety as they did not thoroughly go through the course material. According to the American Test Anxieties Association, “About 16-20% of students have high test anxiety, making this the most prevalent scholastic impairment in our schools today. Another 18% are troubled by moderately-high test anxiety.”

Parents, become involved in your child’s preparation and notice warning signs that they may be experiencing a difficult time in studying or comprehending the material. Hire a tutor if necessary to help your child become more confident on the subject being tested. Encourage them. Ensure your child receives at least 8-10 hours of sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.

Published by: Tyler Gibson

Marketing Intern, CBHC