What are Mental Health Mondays? It’s a virtual series on Facebook.com/KidsMindsMatter that connects Lee Health partners and Southwest Florida mental health advocates with the regions families to share expert advice, resources, as well as at-home activities for kids.
Streamed live every Monday, the segments will feature psychologists, therapists, physicians, child advocates as well as other art, mind and body professionals to help caregivers with their child’s mental health. These experts will speak on a different aspect of mental health and answer questions from viewers. The segments will be available to view after the live stream has ended for those unable to watch during the scheduled time.
Dr. Paul Simeone, VP and medical director of behavioral health at Lee Health, kicked off the series on April 6 with important tips to help your children cope with the impact of COVID-19.
“This is an especially vulnerable time for all of us, particularly for children who no longer have structure in their lives, who may be confused about social distancing, and experiencing anxiety over losing someone they love or getting sick themselves,” shared Dr. Simeone. “With our partners in the community, we are finding new and innovative ways of coming together, reaching families that are stressed, and working hard to meet the pediatric mental healthcare needs in our region.”
The virtual series will run through May, Mental Health Awareness Month, and into the summer.
Coping with Cancer and Chronic Illness
About The Speakers
𝐊𝐢𝐦 𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐦𝐨𝐝𝐚, 𝐏𝐡.𝐃. cares for children, adolescents, young adults, and their parents and families in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology program at Golisano Children’s Hospital of SW Florida. As a Pediatric Psychologist, Dr. Shimoda helps patients and families cope with the emotional, psychological, and psychosocial challenges of pediatric cancer treatment, of living with sickle cell disease, and of parenting a chronically ill child. Dr. Shimoda’s areas of expertise include pain management, cancer survivorship, cognitive sequelae of cancer treatment, neuropsychological complications of sickle cell anemia, end-of-life issues, and bereavement. Dr. Shimoda received her Ph.D. in Child Clinical and Family Psychology at the University of Utah. She completed her Child Clinical Internship at the Medical University of South Carolina and her fellowship in Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology at the Medical University of South Carolina.
𝐃𝐫. 𝐄𝐦𝐚𝐝 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐦𝐚𝐧 is the Regional Medical Officer of the Golisano Children’s Hospital of SW Florida and Lee Physician Group Pediatric Division. Dr. Salman received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon; his pediatric residency and fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Florida. He is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Salman established the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology program at the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in 1997. He was honored with The Prendergast Award for Commitment to Children’s Advocacy in 2012. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Lee county medical society in 2016. Dr. Salman received Gulf Shore Life Magazine’s Man of the Year award in November 2018. He has been a voice for children in southwest Florida and was actively involved in the design of the new Golisano children’s Hospital which opened May 2017.
𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐞 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐤𝐨𝐰𝐬𝐤𝐢 is a mom of four and has been an elementary school teacher for 22 years. She currently teaches 4th grade as well as drama at Trafalgar Middle School and recently got her real estate licenses. In 2015 her world turned upside down when her then 8-year-old daughter, 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐢 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐤𝐨𝐰𝐬𝐤𝐢, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Five years later, today, Cali is 13, in gifted classes as an 8th grader at Trafalgar Middle School and cancer-free. The journey through cancer taught Carrie a lot and has made her eternally grateful for the HEMOC team at Golisano and the help of Dr. Kim Shimoda.
Creatively Coping with Grief
About The Speakers
𝐃𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞 𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭, ATR-BC, LMHC is a board-certified art therapist and licensed mental health counselor. She is an art therapist with Hope HealthCare Services. Danielle provides art therapy to individuals of all ages, creatively supporting those bereaved, in hospice care, or coping with life-limiting illnesses. She attended Florida State University and obtained a Master of Science in Art Therapy. She has worked with hospice patients and the bereaved for the past 11 years. During this time, she has also supported children adjusting to various, complex medical conditions. Danielle has served in various programs throughout Hope HealthCare. This includes Hope’s annual bereavement camp Rainbow Trails, Hope Kids Care program, and other specialty groups for bereaved teens and families. Prior to professional experiences, Danielle volunteered as an artist-in-residence in the hospice setting. Her volunteer and personal experiences with hospice motivated pursuit of studies in art therapy. While she brings a creative passion to those she serves, Danielle also seeks to maintain a creative drive in her personal time. With no particular and exclusive media, Danielle enjoys exploring and learning a variety of creative art forms.
𝐃𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐚 𝐒𝐚𝐧 𝐌𝐢𝐠𝐮𝐞𝐥 is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern with the state of Florida and received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling locally from Hodges University. She has been with Hope Healthcare as a bereavement counselor for 4 years, providing support to our Hospice and Community bereaved families. During her time with Hope, Diana has served on various programs including facilitating grief support groups, the annual Rainbow Trails Camp, Bereaved Parents Support Group, and Family Nights. Diana values the importance of creating a safe, respectful, and non-judgmental environment. Her approach integrates cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions while providing education to each client so that they may define their own path to healing. She encourages her clients to give themselves permission to grieve in a manner that is authentic and safe for them. Diana is a mother of 4 and understands the importance of teaching children an emotional vocabulary, and educating and supporting parents on having difficult and transformative conversations with their children about grief.