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  • Workplace Wellness Program

    wellnessRepresentatives of businesses and organizations will educate the staff of MHASWFL regarding their missions, goals and perceived needs. We, in turn, inform them about how mental health issues may influence their ability to reach their goals and how a program we present can address their perceived needs. Together we will identify educational programs which can best serve the employees while advancing the goal of Promoting the highest level of mental health in our community. Key objectives of the Workplace Wellness Program include:

    • reducing stigmatization of mental health issues in the workplace and its accompanying shame
    • increasing participation in prevention and treatment intervention
    • reducing the impact of workplace stress, e.g. illness and injury
    • improving workplace satisfaction
    • increasing productivity
    • reducing employees absenteeism and termination
    • reducing substance abuse in employees and family members
    • reducing workplace conflict
    • building stronger cooperation and cohesiveness among co-workers
    • improving loyalty to organization and management
  • Referral Network:

    The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida has been a community referral source in the region for many years. We offer personal referrals by phone to our many Licensed Mental Health Professionals and well as other vital Community Services. We also have the ability to for our Professionals to refer to a colleague in the area or other information needed for a client.

    Also our office staff can be contacted for referral information and community insight.

  • Divorce Education

    Putting Children First is a four hour, court mandated, educational support group for parents who are about to embark on divorce. The program recognizes that loving, caring parents may lose sight of how deeply their children may be affected by their decision to obtain a divorce.

    The thought is that if parents are more informed about the pitfalls of families in divorce, they may be more responsive to their children’s needs during this time.

    Some of the topics that are covered during the session include, co-parenting, dealing with children’s anger, dealing with an unhappy spouse, etc. The idea is to facilitate a discussion within the group that will put all parents on a more positive level with their children and the spouses they are divorcing. The goal is to empower the parents and to stress how important it is to share with their children that the divorce is not their fault. The hope is that these parents will walk away from the class with better knowledge and, therefore; create a better atmosphere for themselves and their children during a difficult time.

  • Peer Support Groups

    peersupportPeer support is an important aspect of recovery for persons with mental illness. A Peer led support group brings people together who have similar experiences. Meetings are confidential, informal, non-judgmental, and are geared to stimulate discussion and sharing of concerns. Joining a support group is a valuable addition to, but not in place of, professional treatment. Support groups can help you feel less alone by making connections with others and get you motivated to stick to your treatment plan.

    We have the following ongoing support groups:

    Depression Support Group:
    Meets every Thursday, 10:30 A.M. to noon, MHA office

    Veterans Support Group:
    Meets Wednesday from 07:00 PM to 8:30 PM MHA office

    ATLAS Caregiver Support Group - meets every Monday, 4:30 pm to 6 pm.

     If you still have questions, please contact The Mental Health Association at 239-261-5405 or at

    Please see our calendar of current events for more information.

  • Gollee Gator's Outreach Initiative

    It is estimated that about one in five children have a diagnosable mental health disorder, and one in ten children have a disorder of such seriousness that it interferes with their functioning at home, at school, and in our community. We can stop this cycle and help our youth become successful, productive individuals.

    That is why we are networking with other agencies and community effort programs to bring valuable projects into focus. Working together as a solid community resource is fundamental in achieving our goals.

  • Positive Aging Initiative

    The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida is committed to the older adults in our community. MHASWFL is collaborating with several community partners to assess the mental health needs of older adults and provide the necessary support and resources so they can remain independent and connected to the community. Resources are available to educate the community about the needs of older adults and recommendations for improving the community using the many assets of our older population.

  • Community Speaker Series


    The Mental Health Association has been educating Southwest Florida since 1957. Through the years we have brought a varied forum of renowned speakers to the area. We cover subjects which are current and culturally sensitive.

    Our keynote speakers have extensive experience in the subject matter they deliver. We strive for speakers who are well informed, motivating and result driven.

  • Professional Networking

    The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida gives the Professionals the opportunity to network among their peers and other local professionals at various meetings and events.

    All Professional members are invited to our Annual Meeting as part of their membership at no cost. These meeting not only offer a keynote speaker but an excellent networking occasion. There are various other forums and meetings held throughout the year, including Divorce Alliance, CEU Classes, and Fundraising Events allowing our Professional members to meet various people in our community.




Frequently Asked Questions

  • Myth: People with mental illnesses can work low-level jobs but aren’t suited for really important or resp

    Fact: People with mental illnesses, like everyone else, have the potential to work at any level depending on their own abilities, experience and motivation.

  • Myth: Young people and children don’t suffer from mental health problems.

    Fact: It is estimated that more than 6 million young people in America may suffer from a mental health disorder that severely disrupts their ability to function at home, in school, or in their community.

  • Myth: Mentally ill persons are dangerous.

    Fact: The vast majority of people with mental illnesses are not violent. In the cases when violence does occur, the incidence typically results from the same reasons as with the general public such as feeling threatened or excessive use of alcohol and/or drugs.

  • Myth: People who need psychiatric care should be locked away in institutions.

    Fact: Today, most people can lead productive lives within their communities thanks to a variety of supports, programs, and/or medications.

  • Myth: A person who has had a mental illness can never be normal.

    Fact: People with mental illnesses can recover and resume normal activities. For example, Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes”, who had clinical depression, received treatment and led an enriched and accomplished life.

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