Mental Health Association of Central Florida

#GivingTuesday #ItsOkaytoGetHelp!

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A huge thank you to our donors! Your support makes the Mental Health Association’s life saving programs possible.

#GivingTuesday gives us a great opportunity to reach out about the impact your donations make on the Central Florida Community. It’s Okay to Get Help, and MHACF is here to make that possible. So many people in central Florida don’t know where or how to access the services they need. MHACF is here to help. We can connect families to resources, train you on patients’ rights and self-advocacy, as well as support central Florida directly with our Outlook Clinic.

$50 covers a Scholarship for a family member to become a Certified Guardian Advocate for their loved ones.

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Lisa Eller, Family Member

The Baker Act can be such a scary time for patients in crisis and their families. A key to success is education. We provide and in depth face to face training on the Baker Act and patient rights. Lisa’s experiences highlight how integral this step can be, “If i hadn’t actually been here in the training program I would not have learned the things that helped me guide my brothers treatment.” Once connected to MHACF you become part of our family, we are here for you. As Lisa and her brother’s journey continued she mentioned, “These did follow up and put me back together as a whole person when I was sitting there looking at my brother.”

An interview with family member Lisa Eller and Guardian Advocate trainer Charlotte Melton.

$300 recruits, trains, and places a volunteer Guardian Advocate with a patient who has no one else.ga

The Baker Act is often painful and stressful, the hardest is when a patient doesn’t have any friends or family. MHACF meets the need of 600 such individuals each year.

Coralys commented on her experience as a Guardian Advocate; “My favorite memory from volunteering as a guardian advocate was when I was saying goodbye to my first client. She told me how grateful she was to have had me help her and that I was like the granddaughter she never had. She cried when she said good bye and gave me the tightest hug. During the eight weeks I worked with her, I saw her transform from a very quiet, depressed person to someone who would smile every time I came in. Full of laughter and always making jokes. That difference I made will always stay with me.”

$1,800 funds a year of treatment for 5 patients at the Outlook Clinic, the only free clinic for mental health in Orange County.

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Patient, Wanda Hernandez

This Free Clinic for Depression and Anxiety is made possible by a collaboration with The Mental Health Association of Central Florida Inc., Florida Hospital, Walgreens, Orange County Government,University of Central Florida, Rollins College, and Catamaran.  Patients that qualify receive individual counseling, group counseling, med management, and medications at a reduced cost of $4 or even free. Over a thousand Orange county residents have already benefited from the Outlook Clinic in its short five years. Wanda, pictured above, appreciates the chance to get back on her feet after a challenging medical condition. Two years later she is strong and a true champion for wellness as you can see in a video of our Outlook Clinic’s 5 year anniversary.

Thank you donors! These and other programs are made possible by your support and donation.

Guardian Advocate Family Scholarship

Guardian Advocate Volunteer Recruit, Train, and Place

A Year of Outlook Clinic Treatment for 5 Patients

 Please consider donating to MHACF. Any donation is greatly appreciated! You are a part of the good we do.

Visit www.mhacf.org for more details on the programs MHACF offers.

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