Mental Health Awareness Walk Saturday, May 30th

Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 04:05 PM
Author: Chato Stewart
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Saturday, May 30 at 09:00
Gilchrist Park

400 W Retta Esplanade,
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

In recognition of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, individuals in the Charlotte County community will be raising awareness of mental health as they walk in the Healthy Minds. Healthy Community Mental Health Awareness Walk presented by Criminal Justice Behavioral Health Advisory Council (CJBHAC) on Saturday, May 30th.
Each year, mental health is gaining more attention as an essential key to our community’s quality of life. Join us in making sure no one has to face a mental illness alone.

Let take a minute to remember some highlight from last year’s “Healthy Minds. Healthy Community walk” captured on peer’s cell phone in the video below.


12th Annual Summer Ball

Friday, May 8, 2015 @ 08:05 AM
Author: Chato Stewart

12th Annual Summer Ball ~Fred Lang Foundation to benefit Charlotte Behavioral Health Care

Summer Ball 2015
Join us for the 12th Annual Summer Ball, presented by Fred Lang Foundation to benefit Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center will be transformed into one of the most breath-taking and colorful places on earth for an exotic Summer Night in India on Saturday, July 25th.Enjoy dinner and dancing, an incredible silent auction and cultural entertainment all while benefitting Charlotte Behavioral Health Care.

Why YOU Should Go To the Ball?

The Summer Ball is an annual signature fundraiser that benefits children, adolescents, and families of Charlotte County who are in urgent need of crisis counseling, mental health counseling and/or substance abuse addiction treatment at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. This event helps fund additional children and family programs and services at CBHC, including group therapy for children and parents and the annual Art & Soul Summer Camp.

If you have any additional questions, would like to buy tickets or interested in a sponsorship, please contact me directly.

Jessica K. Boles

Director of Public Relations
Charlotte Behavioral Health Care
1700 Education Ave
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 347-6407 Direct Line
(941) 639-8300 ext. 275

Thank you and we hope to see you at Summer Ball this year!

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday, May 7, 2015 @ 01:05 PM
Author: Chato Stewart
Hope for Young People: Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day!
bigstock-Portrait-of-Young-Kids-first-d-50081930Youth is a gift! A fleeting gift. A scary, at times, gift. Many young ones who lack experience or knowledge or support during the crucial child/teen/young adult years face life-threatening challenges. We all face choice every day. With so many (complex) choices with (far-reaching) consequences facing young ones–it can be like jumping in the ocean without knowing how to swim. The thing about it is who of us: older or younger hasn’t made a “poor” choice because we lacked hope or big picture view of things or kind support.
All of us are an on-going beautiful work of art in progress. Each child can succeed in life’s journey with compassion education, help, support and wisdom! What can we personally do to support the children in our respective communities not just survive, but thrive? And keep swimming safely in the ocean of life? (Life guards help.)
It’s noteworthy that many Younger Ones are succeeding in life in so many outstanding ways despite adversity or health challenges! Today, May 7th, 2015 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day:
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day will address the needs of children, youth, and young adults with mental health or mental health and substance use challenges and their families. A national event will take place on May 7, 2015, at the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, DC. The national event will highlight strategies for integrating behavioral health with primary health care, child welfare, and education.”
“Join us on May 7, starting at 1:30 p.m. EDT for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2015: Strengthening Communities by Integrating Care, a national event streaming live from the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, DC.”
“Join a SAMHSA- HRSA webinar at May 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT. This webinar is being held by the SAMHSA-Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Center for Integrated Health Solutions in honor of Awareness Day. During the webinar, “Consultation for Kids: Models of Psychiatric Consultation in Pediatric Primary Care” you will learn about the pediatric psychiatric consultation model in Massachusetts, the first statewide model of its kind. Register today.”
HAPPY Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day! We can all help make every child’s childhood happy and hopeful…by being supportive, positive, kind and aware!
Consumer Peer Ambassador 
Chato Stewart

Get Help Now

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 03:04 PM
Author: Charlotte Behavioral

Do you have a child that is struggling with depression, bullying or thoughts of self harm?

If calling a hotline is not your thing, text HI to 741741 to chat with a compassionate trained listener 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


TEXT “START” TO 741-741



  • Boys Town
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) Press 1 for Veterans line
  • Disaster Distress Helpline
    • 1-800-985-5990
    • Text TalkWithUs to 66746
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  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center
    • 1-888-373-7888
    • Text BeFree (233733)


  • USA National Child Abuse Hotline
    • 1-800-422-4453 (24/7)



  • National Eating Disorders Association
    • 1-800-931-2237 (Monday-Friday, 11:30 am-7:30 pm EST)
  • ANAD: National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
    • 630-577-1330 (Monday-Friday,12 pm-8 pm EST)
    • Email ANAD




  • Planned Parenthood
  • STI Resource Center
    • Call 919-361-8488 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm EST)



Bereaved by Suicide

The Cutting Edge Of Coping with Self Injury

Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 03:03 PM
Author: Chato Stewart

Adolescents And Self Injury/Harm…How-To Cope

Using a hot knife, he branded the date of the event permanently on his forearm — his version of a suicide note…“I didn’t really want to die,” he said. “But I didn’t know how else to relieve the pain I was feeling inside.” – (Charlotte Sun 8/14 Guns & Mental Illness|Article by Brenda Barbosa PDF)

Injuring yourself on purpose by making scratches or cuts on your body with a sharp object — enough to break the skin and make it bleed — is called cutting. Cutting is a type of self-injury, or SI. People who cut often start cutting in their young teens. Some continue to cut into adulthood.

People may cut themselves on their wrists, arms, legs, or bellies. Some people self-injure by burning their skin with the end of a cigarette or lighted match.

When cuts or burns heal, they often leave scars or marks. People who injure themselves

With the growing pressures on today’s adolescents, more and more are turning to self -harm (a.k.a. NSSI/Non-Suicidal Self-Injury) in order to cope. Although each person is unique, there appears to be a correlation to an emotional release that can be addictive for the self-injurious individual.

Individuals report that they have feelings so intense that they feel self-injurious behaviors releases their emotions. It is important to understand that not only is there an emotional component, but also a physical one in that endorphins are released when the individual self-injures.

What are the Cutting Edge tools with Coping with Self Injury

The need for healthy replacement behaviors, identifying triggers and faulty thought patterns, as well as learning self- soothing are important to treating individuals who self-injure and give the essential healthy coping skills.

Melissa Worthen, LMHC states “exercise of any form such as running, yoga, or dancing can help manage the stress and create healthy coping skills to release endorphins thus reducing self injurious behaviors“.

Need more Info?  CONTACT: the Screening Department at 639-8300 for more information.