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Key Takeaways – June 29, 2020 | 1 p.m.

Christin Collins, System Director of Health & Wellness for Lee Health and Liaison to Healthy Lee

“Unlocking the Keys to Mental Wellbeing”

  1. Mental well-being is part of Lee Health’s six-spoke mental wellness wheel. The Wellness Wheel (leehealth.org/health-and-wellness) addresses how lifestyle impacts our health. More than 80% of chronic disease is preventable or correctable through lifestyle changes. While mental and behavioral health is a spoke on the wellness wheel, each of these relate to mental well-being. Spokes on the wheel are:
    1. Nutrition
    2. Physical Activity
    3. Sleep
    4. Stress
    5. Mental and Behavioral Health
    6. Purpose
  1. Self-care. How are you taking care of yourself? Foundationally, we have to start with self before we can help others. Self-care does not make you selfish. When we take care of ourselves and our own well-being, we are capable of connecting with others. Seven steps on how to know and like yourself:
    1. Be present and breathe. It’s important to just sit and be. We are not our thoughts; we are the being that observes them. Tools to help mindfulness include:
    2. Reduce distractions. Put down the phone. Turn off the TV. Let go of the past, don’t worry about the future and be present.
    3. Feel our emotions. We’re not here to be happy all the time. Sometimes in difficulty, the greatest growth happens.
    4. Know and own your purpose (6th spoke on the Wellness Wheel). Take the pause for your mental well-being by knowing your life’s purpose.
    5. Cast your vision. What do you want your life to be? Have a sense of where you are going, what you are moving towards. Know the kind of person you want to be.
    6. Release the judgement of others. Learn to let go of things you can’t control. Contemplate the lesson you can learn from things you don’t like and consider what you are projecting on others. Everyone has their own lens for processing the information we are bombarded with daily.
    7. Raise our own positive energy and vibration. How are you charging your own battery? Express gratitude for blessings and experiences. Try these exercises:
      • Three Things: Each night before going to bed, list 3 things you are grateful for. It’s a great way to end the day. When you do it for 21 days, it’s amazing how positive vibes and energy raises with gratitude.
      • Another way to raise your energy is to journal. It’s a great way to download and get rid of things.
      • Also, connect with nature. I do a color walk. I pick a color and look for it all around me. It makes me focus on the present moment and take in my environment.
      • Be creative. I use an adult coloring book to decompress!
      • Lastly, have fun! What is fun for you?
      • Recommended: “Free to be You” talk. (https://insighttimer.com/dorakamau)
  1. Showing up authentically within our families and our communities. We can use many of the same basic self-care tools when we are participating with our families.
    1. Be present and intentionally listen. It’s so easy to think about what we are doing next. If we can’t be present, it’s OK to say so, and encourage revisiting later.
    2. Open yourself and be authentic. It’s not “I’m right and you are wrong”.
    3. Engage in straight talk from a place of love and compassion. It’s OK to hold people accountable. It’s OK and necessary sometimes to have hard conversations.
    4. Forgive and heal. When we feel hurt by others, they may not ask for our forgiveness, but by forgiving them, we can release ourselves from hurt.
  1. Organizational health and creating a culture of well-being at work.
    1. You must have trust. People can show up authentically, be true and make mistakes.
    2. You must have conflict and healthy tension to have growth.
    3. Commit to walking forward together.
    4. Accountability (straight-talk) from a place of trust.
    5. Shared results. When organization is thriving, everyone thrives. This applies to families too.

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.

The “Mental Health Mondays” 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. To learn more about Kids’ Minds Matter, visit KidsMindsMatter.com.

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