- Reducing the risk of wildlife-to-human transmission from contact with infected fruit bats or monkeys/apes and the consumption of their raw meat. Animals should be handled with gloves and other appropriate protective clothing. Animal products (blood and meat) should be thoroughly cooked before consumption.
- Reducing the risk of human-to-human transmission from direct or close contact with people with Ebola symptoms, particularly with their bodily fluids. Gloves and appropriate personal protective equipment should be worn when taking care of ill patients at home. Regular hand washing is required after visiting patients in hospital, as well as after taking care of patients at home.
- Outbreak containment measures including prompt and safe burial of the dead, identifying people who may have been in contact with someone infected with Ebola, monitoring the health of contacts for 21 days, the importance of separating the healthy from the sick to prevent further spread, the importance of good hygiene and maintaining a clean environment. www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/
Tuesday, October 7th was NAMI Charlotte County meeting. It was standing room only at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care (CBHC) in Punta Gorda. With a panel from the F.A.C.T. Team, CBHC and Riverside Behavioral Center for a Q and A open format on a hot topic…The BAKER Act.
The Baker Act was set up in 1971 to protect the “rights of all individuals examined or treated for mental illness in Florida.” But after 43 years, a lot has changed…most of the change is how it is funded and at present how one is “Baker Acted.”
States DCF Brochure: What Is Involuntary Examination and How Is It Conducted?
- An involuntary exam is a psychiatric exam conducted without a person’s consent, often called “getting Baker Acted.”
- Involuntary exams are initiated by:
- Law enforcement officers (49%) (2011 stats)
- Mental health professionals and physicians (49%) (2011 stats)
- Circuit courts (2%) (2011 stats)
Criteria for involuntary exam are that the individual:
- Appears to have a mental illness
- Presents a danger to self or others
- Refuses voluntary exam or is unable to understand need for exam
AT the NAMI Charlotte County meeting, I did not get a head count. I did help bring chairs over from the break room and in my mind’s eyes I can see about 32 people including the 3 panel members.
This was a special meeting for NAMI Charlotte County. Special in the way that we had the big three providers at one locations for a fledgling group. Still, the topic matter is serious and many times very personal. All the more reason, NAMI Charlotte County, needs to be back here in the Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.
Yes, at the meeting, no one was pulling any punches with topics FACT TEAM Member, and River Side Rep and Vickie D’Agostino answering what could be answered – and – we needed to remind ourselves a few times that this is a process. We talked about the Baker Act and its benefits. While there are people on both sides of the fence on the BACKER ACT: People living with mental health issues some times hate it and mothers and fathers sometimes feel it can be a blessing to get their child needed help. Others feel it lacks teeth to do the job. Still others are happy to avoid it all together and just volunteer themselves for evaluation. Then there are the Court ordered Backer Act’s. (A complex topic for sure.)
Vickie D’Agostino said “some of our (CBHC’s) most effective mental health programs are actually court ordered, when they don’t want treatment.”
It was surprising for me to hear that a huge part of the Baker Act law that would HELP the most – OUT patient treatment – was never funded!
Moving on to CIT. DID you know? YOU can REQUEST a CIT trained officer when you need help? I am going to follow up on this and call the Charlotte Sheriff Department to talk to someone about this. I would like to see if there is a way to do some type of test of the department CIT response in handling a matter…something like a fire drill. The sheriffs receive 40 hours of CIT, but there is a HUGE difference between how it’s handle in a book and in a real life scenario.
I guess that is what the CIT training is for, I hear there is one coming up in November in Ft Myers.
Chato Stewart Consumer Peer Ambassador
Video Credits: NAMI Charlotte County Re-Cape Video Victoria D’Agostino, LMHC
Chief Operating Officer
Charlotte Behavioral Health Care Jesse Babcock III, LCSW,
Administrator of Riverside Behavioral Center. Mike
NAMI Charlotte County Video By Chato Stewart Consumer Peer Ambassador
Bipolar mood swings and all mental health moods swings have many of the same characteristics. Experts define mood swings related to mental disorder as a “significant dysfunction in a person’s thinking, emotional control, and behavior.”
The point where you “swing from one emotion to the next, some times as fast as the time it take to swing up and back on a swing set. Hot and cold, depressed and manic or mad at the world and loving every thing the next moment.
These conditions as you may know first hand, like me, in my Mental Health Humor Bipolar Moods Swing cartoon…often disrupts a person’s life. Their “ability to relate to others” in a non-highest-emotional-state or ready to snap back at you with a verminous bite or to crumble in sorrow. It’s not normal to have to deal with the daily, hourly, minutely and down to the second demands of mood swings and what they put on the quality of life. Not when we live in a world where mental illness can be treated. What do we need to do first?
What is Needed to Control Mood Swings?
- Educating ourselves about our illness.
- Tracking our triggers that cause our moods – people ~ food ~ exercise ~ meds ~ supplements.
- Talking about our mood without the word “you” – “you always|you never|you don’t” instead use the word “I”…I feel (Don’t add YOU here.)”
- Seeking professional help – mental illness can be treated – Don’t suffer in silence.
- SLEEP – Impacts our body – and our mind.
- YOU need YOU to control your moods – take responsibility for it and act.
Dealing With Mental Disorders-9 Things to Do:
On the evening of September 10th, I joined others from Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda and Charlotte County to walk for suicide prevention at Gilchrist Park, Punta Gorda.
After the walk, there was a Yellow Rose ceremony for those loved ones lost to their illness.
Being a big guy, with bad knees, I was not able to walk the full route. However, this year, I walked some of it. I was able to get a few good pictures and videos. The above photo is of Jay Glynn, CEO at CBHC. I was able to video the Yellow Rose ceremony.
What will personally stick with me the most? What someone said about what I wrote: “who” I was walking for?…I wrote: “ME.” I did not write it as a joke because I’m a Mental Health Humor cartoonist. NO, but as a serious statement of a living/breathing participant…Something my Bipolar Disorder almost took away from me in 2008. (I did not expect anyone to notice or say anything about me writing: walking for “ME.”)
One woman, who was walking for suicide prevention, approached me at the end of the walk to commend me for personally walking for…”ME.”
She and I talked for a bit. Her amazing story was so empowering. I asked if she would say a few words on video for my readers…What she said next are the most powerful words you should never forget if you live with a mental health disorder.
Here is what she said:
You are not alone, say it now: say it again, “You’re not alone!”
Words that, at the right time, can save a life! Something we should write down and repeat daily to remind us we are never alone. These simple words of hope can hold so much power…Yes, if the words are coming from the right source, from the right person and at the right time!Chato Stewart Consumer Peer Ambassador