CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIANS: Youth Mental Health Task Force Formed By Dedicated Community Leaders

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dedicated to reducing the rate of teen suicide and suicide attempts in Brevard

Youth Mental Health Task Force’s deeply caring efforts have been effective in reducing the rate of teen suicide and suicide attempts by taking a comprehensive countywide approach. Among the task force goals is to remove the stigma of mental health, so youth will feel comfortable using the resources that are available to those who are depressed, feeling alone or practicing self-harm.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Initiatives “No One Eats Alone” and “Start With Hello” are two of the new slogans in Brevard schools focusing on ensuring that all children feel loved and not alone.

Efforts are also underway for teachers and students to recognize the signs of a child who feels isolated.

These improvements are due to the dedication of Liz Mikitarian, Vice President of North Brevard’s Hannah’s Heroes Teen Suicide Prevention, and Lori Duester from the Children’s Center and the Sources of Strength Teen Suicide Prevention Program, who, along with 30 other community leaders, formed the Youth Mental Health Task Force.

Their deeply caring efforts have been effective in reducing the rate of teen suicide and suicide attempts by taking a comprehensive countywide approach.

Among the task force goals is to remove the stigma of mental health, so youth will feel comfortable using the resources that are available to those who are depressed, feeling alone or practicing self-harm.

Youth Mental Health Task Force’s deeply caring efforts have been effective in reducing the rate of teen suicide and suicide attempts by taking a comprehensive countywide approach. Among the task force goals is to remove the stigma of mental health, so youth will feel comfortable using the resources that are available to those who are depressed, feeling alone or practicing self-harm.

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RECOGNIZING MENTAL HEALTH WARNING SIGNS

Coordinating improvements in how law enforcement interacts with the mental health community is of prime focus so that the challenging time of a mental breakdown can be better managed.

When children are “Baker Acted” due to concerns about their safety, they are often taken away from their family, which causes greater concern.

Brevard’s Public Schools are on board and providing vital training to teachers and students to recognize the signs of children who are struggling, alone, isolated and hurting.

National models are being incorporated, built on lessons learned at tragedies, like the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings.

In North Brevard County, the Hannah Cline Memorial Scholarship has been established by the Pilot Club, which will award $7,000 to Brevard students who enter a course of study in the mental health field.

“While we have a long way to go, things are getting better and we are so thankful to all our concerned friends all across Brevard who are joining in this vital effort,” said Mikitarian.

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2018 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN AWARDS SET NOV. 8

The 2018 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The 2018 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. 

The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created nine years ago by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.

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TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.

The 2018 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. All Humanitarian alumni are presented a specially commissioned medallion.

TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.

TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fundraising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.

All 2018 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2018 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and on SpaceCoastDaily.com.  The magazine will be available the first week of October in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com

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ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:

• Jessica Andre
• Leonard Beam
• Harry Brandon, in Memoriam
• Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Pet Posse
• Brevard Veterans Memorial Center Volunteers
• Bridges Foundation
• Michael Bross, A Step Up
• Keri Anne Demott Foundation
• Lori Duester and Liz Mikitarian, Youth Mental Health Task Force
• Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary
• Christine Lance
• Rev. Lorenzo Laws
• Larry McNamara, Giant Recreation World
• Dr. David Neely
• Neighbors of Suntree
• Ashley Nolan
• Mark Pieloch, Founder of the Muscle Car Museum
• Dr. Mark Pinsky
• Joe Rodriguez, McDonald’s Restaurants of Brevard County
• Susan Slaton
• Stephen Thaggard, Embrace Home Loans
• The Avenue Viera
• Barbie Thrower, Community Treatment Center
• Valiant Air Command Volunteers
• Mac McLouth, 2018 Central Florida Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement honoree

Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

HONORING SELFLESS VOLUNTEERISM

As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers from Health First Hospice, the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods, VITAS, Hospice of St. Francis, Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Viera Hospital, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Melbourne Regional Medical Center, Rockledge Regional Medical Center, the VA Clinic in Viera, and Sebastian River Medical Center. 

Dr. Jim Palermo

“Over the years, our editorial team has had the distinct honor and pleasure of identifying and featuring the many members of our community who give back so much and are dedicated to reaching out and helping others, here and throughout the world, in a multitude of ways,” said Space Coast Daily Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.

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This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by First Choice Medical Group, Clear Choice Health Care, Total Home Roofing, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Paper Simple, Embrace Home Loans, Adventure HQ, Florida Pain Institute, CFP Care Team, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, Friday Night Locker Room, Safari Mail House and SpaceCoastDaily.com.

Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

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For more information or to make a reservation to attend the 2018 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala, call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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