At the intersection of law enforcement, mental health

An ‘All hands on deck approach’ is needed to address the nation’s mental health crisis. That means greater levels of state and federal funding, and enhanced collaboration between law enforcement and behavioral practitioners. At least that was the message delivered by a group of experts during a recent criminal justice panel discussion titled “The Intersection of Law Enforcement and Mental … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff’s Office hone crisis intervention skills

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies recently spent a week learning how to use the power of words to de-escalate situations that have the potential to turn dangerous. In one role-play scenario, Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputies Breanna Chandler and Lindsay Steward intermediated between a mother and her teenage daughter with oppositional defiant disorder. In another scene, deputies Ricardo … [Read more...]

Summit addresses mental health challenges

Overcoming mental health and substance abuse issues in local communities seems a daunting undertaking — but offering a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on may be a good place to start. At least that’s what a group of educators and faith-based leaders asserted at a recent mental health summit at Pasco-Hernando State College’s (PHSC) Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, in Wesley … [Read more...]

Symposium spotlights mental health, well-being

College life can be exciting, but also can be challenging. Besides searching for independence, there comes a new level of responsibilities — academically and socially. That’s why administrators and student leaders at Pasco-Hernando State College organized a Community Resource Fair and Symposium on mental health and well-being, at the college’s East Campus in Dade City. Research conducted … [Read more...]

Panelists identify gaps in mental health system

Participants in a recent mental health panel at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes didn’t have any easy solutions for problems plaguing the delivery of mental health care to the nation’s most vulnerable people. But they did point out several areas where changes could be made to help improve the level of care for those with mental health conditions, and to improve support for their families … [Read more...]

Mental health tune-ups for Pasco County residents

Spend a few minutes with Jim Harris, CEO of North Tampa Behavioral Health in Wesley Chapel (NTBH), and you’ll catch his enthusiasm. He and his staff are committed to providing the very best care and support for people experiencing mental health issues. “Sometimes the challenges of life can overwhelm us,” says Jim. “Many of us will experience a mental health issue at some point in our life … [Read more...]