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Stresssed due to COVID? Politics? Family?            Resources to assist are listed below






COVID VACCINES!!!
Vaccine Distribution Talking Points Based on News Release Issued Dec. 31
Hillsborough County will begin vaccinating residents who are age 65 and older on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
Hillsborough County is in Phase I of the vaccine distribution plan as outlined and directed by the Governor of Florida. 
Phase I is categorized by limited supply of vaccine availability and is focused on long-term care facilities (residents and staff); frontline healthcare workers; and persons 65 years and over.
Limited availability is anticipated over the next several weeks.
While the supply of vaccines remains limited, Hillsborough County expects new from the state weekly, and vaccination appointments will be made available as those supplies arrive.
Appointments are mandatory for residents age 65 and older to get the first of two vaccine injections.
There will be no vaccines for residents without appointments, and there is no waitlist.
Appointments can be made online at HCCOVID19Shot.as.me beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4.
For residents without Internet access, appointments can be made by calling 888-755-2822.
The phone line will be open beginning Monday, Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
The County has four vaccine distribution sites that are strategically located to reach the most residents based on the sites’ geographic location, available resources, and population density of residents age 65 and older.
Residents can make an appointment for the vaccine site most convenient for them.
The sites are:
o University Mall (parking lot), 2200 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612
o Vance Vogel Sports Complex, 13012 Bullfrog Creek Road, Gibsonton, FL 33534
o Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, 2700 W. Risk St., Plant City, FL 33563
o Ed Radice Sports Complex, 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa, FL 33626


Details about access to the vaccine distribution sites will be available to residents upon appointment confirmation.
The Ed Radice Sports Complex and the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds sites will open Wednesday, Jan 6.
The University Mall and the Vance Vogel Sports Complex sites will open Thursday, Jan. 7.
In addition to these sites, Hillsborough County Emergency Management is coordinating with the state for mobile distribution of vaccines to group homes and independent living facilities that meet the state’s criteria.
The state also has made about 74,000 vaccines available for health care partners in Hillsborough County, including Tampa General Hospital, BayCare Health System, CVS, and Walgreens. 


EXPERIENCING DRUG SIDE EFFECTS? YOU ARE NEEDED FOR A PILOT PROGRAM ON ADVERSE DRUG REACTION (ADR) SCREENING FROM SAFEST DRUG
Thousands die and millions are injured every year because of a medication. So, we act on medication injuries & deaths as an urgent, solvable public health issue.
Safest Drug is a non-profit organization with a mission to prevent and alleviate medication illness, disability and death in the United States. Learn more about our work and support actions to end medication harms. https://safestdrug.org
Are you on 5 or more medications and Suspect an Adverse Drug Reaction or have a new sign or symptom after taking a new Medication in the last 6-12 months?
Participation Involves:
General information questionnaire
Weekly Phone calls
Weekly Screenings for a period of one month
You May Qualify if you:
Are 18 or older and
Taking 5 or more medications
Suspect an ADR or would like to be screened for an ADR
Started a new medication in the last 6-12 months
Potential Benefits:
Identify an ADR
Learn how to recognise early signs and symptoms of an ADR
Prevent a new ADR and improve health outcomes. For More Information: Please contact Marina Entin at marina@safestdrug.org - We strive for Medication use without harm at www.safestdrug.org


RESOURCES - STRESS, ANXIETY AND HEALTH NEEDS:


211 TAMPA BAY CARES 
We're a Lifeline Connection To Anyone In Need.  Improving Lives Through The Power Of Information And Hope. Our goal is to have a community that is connected and informed regarding critical health & human service information for those who need help & those who are willing to volunteer or donate their time to local community agencies. Services include:
211 (Information And Referral Services)
Adult Emergency Financial Assistance Program (AEFAP)
Family Services Initiative (FSI)
Florida Veterans Support Line (My FL Vet)
Healthy Transitions
Help Me Grow (HMG)
Homeless Helpline
Pinellas Rapid Rehousing Collaborative
Resource Database Curation
Ride United
Sexual Assault Services Hotline
Suicide Prevention
2-1-1 Is Here 24/7 For You - Call 211 From Any Phone Or Text Your Zip Code To 898211


24 HOUR HELP LINE OFFERED BY CIGNA
Cigna is also providing free resources for all customers, clients and communities to support them during these times of high stress and anxiety. The company has opened a 24-hour toll-free help line (1-866-912-1687) to connect people directly with qualified clinicians who can provide support and guidance. Additionally, the company will offer a webinar to the general public raising awareness about tools and techniques for stress management and building resiliency, along with the ability to join telephonic mindfulness sessions. More Information can be found at www.cigna.com.  "Anxiety is understandably high as we are learning more about the spread of this disease," said Douglas Nemecek, M.D., Cigna's chief medical officer for behavioral health. "Aligned to our focus on whole-person health, we are expanding behavioral support and resources for everyone – whether they are Cigna customers or not – to help everyone stay resilient during this critical time. 


CHEW ON THIS - TALKING OVER LUNCH ABOUT OUR NEW NORMAL
"Chew On This" is a series of free workshops facilitated by BayCare Behavioral Health's Community Health Activation Team. Mental health has never been more important than now amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19. Topics change weekly but all provide a chance to talk, share, and learn strategies to improve wellness.
Registration is required for these free events: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chew-on-this-talking-over-lunch-about-our-new-normal-tickets-107712216138   #virtualsupport #chewonthis #mentalheathsupport #mentalhealth


FEELING STRESSED DURING THIS TIME OF ISOLATION? WANT SOMEONE TO TALK TO?
It’s common to feel stressed or anxious during these challenging times. Many people are experiencing increased levels of stress, fear and anxiety. The need for social distancing makes it harder to access our normal social supports. Being in contact with people who can relate to your experiences is comforting. Centerstone’s CareLine can help you learn about coping skills, find resources, and feel supported. If you or someone you know needs to talk, the team at Centerstone is available to help. 24/7 CareLine - 941-782-4300 #CstoneNeverQuits


MARY PETRO FOOD AND MEDICINE FUND
The Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund assists full- time residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point with food and medicine/medical needs. To qualify for assistance, clients must have an income less than $20,000 per year for singles and less than $25,000 for couples.  The Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund Office is located at the Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd W, and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Applications are available at the Mary Petro Office and the United Methodist Church Office. For questions please call 813-634-8306. 


MENTAL HEALTH TIPS FROM OUR VA
Mental health is taking a beating during this time of Coronavirus isolation. Listen in to learn what you can do to prevent an explosion. Troy Howell. MD, heads up the Suicide Prevention efforts in the Psychiatric Dept of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. Dr. Howell works every day to stop suicides in our veteran population. I asked him to concentrate on the mental health effects of living with the Corona Virus not only on our vets but also on their families. Even with all of the resources being directed toward the pandemic, the psychiatric department at Haley has risen to meet the problem and you will find the ideas he presents very interesting and useful in this time of stress. Here is a link to this program just click on the link and listen in. https://www.buzzsprout.com/952243/4457765


SENIOR MENTAL HEALTH INPATIENT THERAPY
Serenity Place is the only inpatient, voluntary, acute care, and geriatric, behavioral health program in the Sarasota area. It serves patients 50 and older who need acute mental health treatment in a safe, compassionate and tranquil environment. Our 16-room behavioral health center is in a dedicated wing of the hospital to ensure confidentiality and privacy. 
Treatments offered
Our senior behavioral health treatment programs are customized for each patient and include:
Individual therapy, Group therapy, Educational groups, Loss management and relapse prevention, Group activities (such as music, dance, reminiscence and yoga), Outpatient treatment program, 
Transitions provides a safe, therapeutic, environment that encourages and promotes recovery. We offer psychotherapy and psychoeducation in partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient settings for those 18 years of age and older.
Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
PHP is designed to provide psychiatric and mental health care through active treatment . It is for patients who need a highly structured, intensive treatment approach, but do not require 24-hour supervision and care.
Our group therapy:
Meets in four groups each day with an emphasis on mental health and coping
Focuses on a variety of subjects designed to aid patients in understanding and managing their symptoms in a more effective way.
Patients receive ongoing monitoring and treatment from a psychiatrist, registered nurse and licensed therapist.
PHP is held five days a week, Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
IOP is designed to provide a higher level of outpatient mental health treatment. In our IOP:
Group members participate in three groups each day with an emphasis on mental health and coping. The groups focus on a variety of different subjects, such as coping skills, assertiveness skills, goal setting, and establishing supports. IOP is a three day per week program offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.


TELEHEALTH AT BRANDON MENTAL HEALTH 
Now offering Telehealth to new and existing clients! Brandon Mental Health provides an essential service and is continuing office appointments with recommended precautions to protect our patients and their health from the COVID-19 virus. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or feel you might be contagious, please stay at home and call us at 813-315-8648 to reschedule. For office appointments, we will maintain the recommended social distance during all interactions. Please wait in your car and your therapist will text or call you when they are ready for you to come to their office. https://brandonmentalhealth.com/


TELEHEALTH: CALL GRACEPOINT
Adult Crisis: 813-272-2958
Children's Crisis: 813-272-2882
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay: 813-264-9955


TELEBEHAVIORAL HEALTH - Welcome to the 21st Century
Telebehavioral health, or telehealth, is the latest innovative platform in mental health services. Thera-link, one of the top telehealth providers, is the venue that the Marriage and Family Training Center utilizes to meet the needs of its clients. This platform is HIPAA compliant, confidential, and safe. The Marriage and Family Training Center's founder, William R. Cruz, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Florida. With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Cruz provides individual, couple, family and group counseling. For more information and to book an appointment, go to www.mftcfl.com.


TELE-THERAPY
Edmond Dubreuil LCSW, from the Community Mental Wellness Center, Sun City Center. I would like to inform you due to the Corona Virus I now offer tele-conferencing sessions from the safety  of your home. This service is approved by your insurance provider. If you need support during these trying time please contact me and we can set up an appointment. If you are interested please call or text my at 813-777-9777 or email me at edubreuil @tampabay.rr.com.   


WEST COAST FLORIDA MENTAL WELLNESS COALITION
Like the Crisis Center, a new alliance of local agencies that helps people with mental health issues and addictions is seeing an uptick in inquiries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nonprofit West Central Florida Mental Wellness Coalition is comprised of almost 30 hospitals, government and law enforcement agencies, health-care groups, schools, businesses, and others with interests in mental health in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties. It formed in 2019 so members with mental health expertise in specific areas could get a collective, big-picture view.  The Coalition is braced for a surge of inquiries, especially as people assess their circumstances as a result of the coronavirus. “Coming out the other side will be the big challenge,” says Carrie Zeisse, the Coalition’s president and CEO.  Email the Coalition at info@wcf-mwc.org.

 

Warmest regards,

 

Debbie Caneen

Director of Admissions

Sun Towers Retirement Community

101 Trinity Lakes Drive

Sun City Center, FL 33573

813-892-2990

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