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.

Upcoming Topics

May 26 at 2 p.m.

Meet them where they’re at: Providing social support that matches your child’s needs

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About The Speaker

Dr. Courtney Whitt joined the Healthcare Network team in February 2016 after completing her graduate training at the University of Miami and receiving her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Whitt completed her predoctoral internship at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI, and Integrated Care Track Fellowship at Salud Family Health Centers in Fort Lupton, CO for Primary Care Psychology. She also has a certificate in Integrated Primary Care Psychology and is a member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA).

June 1 at 10 a.m.

Music Therapy for Mental Wellness

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About The Speaker

Tracey Failla is a board-certified music therapist at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. She provides music therapy services to patients on all inpatient and outpatient units. Tracey loves helping patients of all ages cope with their hospitalization through music. She received my master’s in Music Therapy from Colorado State University in 2015 but grew up in the Fort Myers area. Tracey loves the different ways that music can be helpful to patients during their hospitalization. Whether it is writing a song about a patient’s new diagnosis or using a favorite song to provide distraction and promote relaxation during a painful procedure, music can have a powerful impact on patients and families.

Before coming to Golisano, Tracey worked at De LaSalle Academy in Fort Myers as the music teacher. There she had the opportunity to use therapy skills in the context of a music class to help students with social, communication, and academic skills. Tracey currently lives in Cape Coral and enjoys spending time with her family and dogs.

June 8 at 6 p.m.

Understanding and helping children respond to traumatic experiences

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About The Speaker

Jayme Hodges is a sixth generation Floridian, born and raised in the Fort Myers area, as the youngest of 2 children. She went to the University of South Carolina at Aiken where she graduated in 1998 with a BA Human Services before moving to Charlotte, NC in 1999 to work with Habitat for Humanity in the Family Services Division as an AmeriCorps Member before staying on as staff for another two years. In 2003 Jayme moved back to the Fort Myers area to attend Graduate School and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2005. Since graduating with a MSW, Jayme has spent time working in Healthcare and has been with Lee Behavioral Health Center since 2014 initially as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and now as the Director.

Dr. Jason Sabo earned his PhD from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He completed his internship at Miami-Dade department of Homan Services in Miami, Florida. He specializes in child and adolescent psychology and in the areas of ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has experience working in multiple settings. Dr. Sabo is the site supervisor at Lee Health’s Pediatric Behavioral Health Practice.

June 22 at 2 p.m.

Managing Anxiety in Kids

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About The Speaker

Nancy Dauphinais currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she oversees all clinical programming and leads efforts, in great partnership with the Center’s senior Clinical Directors, toward further advancement of evidence-based care. She also works to advance opportunities associated with expanding clinical services as well as enhancing continuity across the Center’s care system. In addition to these responsibilities, Nancy supervises Quality Improvement, Organizational Performance, Information Technology and Program Support.

Dauphinais began her career with the David Lawrence Center in 2005 as a Behavioral Health Technician in Acute Care Services. She was quickly promoted to an Emergency Services Clinician where she screened, assessed and triaged clients in crisis. She was later promoted to Crossroads Clinical Supervisor and then Crossroads Clinical Director before assuming the role of her current executive management position. As a member of the David Lawrence Center speaker’s bureau, Nancy routinely provides educational presentations on a variety of mental health and substance use topics.

Due to her outstanding performance, professionalism and commitment to clients, Nancy was honored with the 2010 Direct Service Provider of the Year Award, the 2012 Leadership Award, the 2014 Employee of the Year Award and the 2014 Administrator of the Year. Dauphinais earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Duke University where she graduated magna cum laude and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University where she also graduated with honors. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional and a Qualified Supervisor in the state of Florida.

Tips From Previous Sessions

Did you miss a previous session? Tips, take aways, questions & answers and additional resources are available.

  • April 27 – Jason Sabo, Ph.D.: Calming the Storm: Virtual Learning & Staying at Home with ADHD
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  • April 20 – Laura Grabinski: Creating Unity and Mindfulness through Family Yoga
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  • April 13 – Amy Quinn: How to Exercise Healthy Coping and Model It for Your Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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  • April 6 – Dr. Simeone: Monitoring the Impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Mental Health 
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About Kids’ Minds Matter

The goal of Kids’ Minds Matter is to raise awareness about the need for pediatric mental and behavioral health care services and to raise the funds required to make these services available in the region through Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Lee Health. An estimated 46,000 Southwest Florida children are impacted by mental and behavioral health disorders like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, psychosis, substance abuse, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. As part of the region’s strategic solution to the children’s mental and behavioral health epidemic in Southwest Florida, Kids’ Minds Matter is dedicated to fostering partnerships that support existing services, identifying and filling gaps in the continuum of care, and innovating new treatments.

Philanthropic support for Kids’ Minds Matter has allowed Lee Health and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to: implement a tiered model of care that clinically aligns community, inpatient and outpatient care; hire additional psychiatrists, child advocates and other mental health professionals; offer Mental Health First Aid training to local pediatricians, emergency service providers and others who work directly with children; renovate an outpatient center in Fort Myers where a child’s needs can be addressed in a therapeutic setting; and launch a first-of-its-kind Pediatric Digital Cognitive Behavioral Health diagnostic and treatment protocols interlaced with Tele-Psychology support to treat anxiety, depression and trauma. Most recently, Kids’ Minds Matter introduced mental health care navigators into Lee and Collier County schools who will help families find resources and care to address their child’s mental healthcare needs.

These segments are a public forum, designed for open discussions that benefit a large audience, and to provide real-time resources and advice from pediatric mental health professionals and advocates. The information shared on this platform is intended for general public consumption and not intended for individual treatment. The views, advice, and resources shared by each guest speaker are solely their own and are not endorsed by Lee Health, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Kids’ Minds Matter. Kids’ Minds Matter is dedicated to raising awareness and essential funding to enhance pediatric mental & behavioral health programs, services and access to care in Southwest Florida.