Providing comfort for patient care
The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club’s sewing team produced 40 comfort pillows, 10 baby blankets, numerous port protectors, hats and turbans, which were delivered to the Moffitt Cancer Center and an AdventHealth hospital. These handcrafted items are always enthusiastically received and usually requests are made for more because the need is so great. Woman’s club member Pam Blumenthal, left, makes a delivery to a staff member at Moffitt Cancer Center. For information, visit GFWCLutzLandOLakesWomansClub.org, or its Facebook page.
Girl Scout creates patch
Emma Wegener, a senior at Anclote High School and a member of Girl Scout Troop 1142, is the daughter of Sue Wegener, R.N., Medical Center of Trinity-Behavioral Health Center, and knows first-hand the importance of mental health, according to a news release.
Throughout her middle and high school years, Emma noticed there was no eduation being presented to students about mental health. She witnessed the misuse of terms, the suffering of individuals struggling with mental health issues, and the growing stigma surrounding this important subject, the release says.
To address this issue, Emma created a Girl Scout Patch Program — the Gold Award: The Mental Health Awareness Patch, For Girls by Girls.
The self-guided patch program is aimed at middle and high school Girl Scouts, to help provide an accurate education about mental health.
Throughout the program, the Scouts learn about negative stigma, how it persists and, most importantly, how to fight it.
The patch is an attempt to educate students about something that can affect everyone, and to normalize the information and produce conversations about it.
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