Pam Ford, a peer services manager at South Florida Behavioral Health Network, spoke about her experiences struggling with a mental illness, specifically bipolar mental illness. As one who lives with a serious mental illness, Pam, a leader now in the peer movement, is able to provide the best advice to others struggling with similar situations. She shares information on how to get help, what it is like to live with a serious mental illness, and where to find the resources necessary for recovery and rehabilitation.
Waterlust was founded in December 2011 as a side project. The original goal was to use film/photography to creatively capture how people interact with water in Marine science, ocean sports, and art. At the time, Patrick Rynne, a second year as a PhD student in Applied Marine Physics at RSMAS (UM Marine Science School) had no background in film/photography. Fiona Graham and Jennah Caster (both fellow marine science graduate students) joined the team a couple months later, focusing on making fun and dynamic online videos that showed unique stories.
Waterlust started publishing videos on YouTube and Vimeo, with over 30 videos that have earned nearly 1.5 million views online.The foundation of this project is based on the basic concept that you cannot force people to care about environmental issues by simply telling them to care. Even if you show them the “doom and gloom” including scientific facts, it won’t necessarily lead to change. Patrick and his team feel that change is an extremely specific process that is different for everybody. The goal of Waterlust is to kickstart that process by getting people around the world to think about water and what it means to them on a daily basis.
The Key Clubhouse of South Florida has psychosocial rehabilitation services designed to assist individuals whose lives have been disrupted by severe and persistent mental illness. These individuals recover meaningful and productive lives through reintegration into the community and the workplace. The program provides a work-ordered day in a structured therapy environment providing opportunities to combat social isolation and establish workplace expectation through habits and skills. Board President, Amy McClellan and Assistant Public Defender in the Miami Public Defender’s Office, Kathy Strobach talk about mental health, advocating for more support and funding.
Through their six core programs, Agape brings assistance to literally hundreds of underserved individuals caught in the expensive and non-rehabilitating hospitals, jails, and institutions. Agape’s success stems from a one-of-a-kind integration of services to meet clients’ Psychological, Social, Physical and Spiritual needs. Claudio Perez, President and CEO of AGAPE Network, talks about the importance of having healthy women in our community and how that translates into our society.
NATIONAL SOCIAL WORK MONTH: National Association of Social Workers introduced National Professional Social Work Month for the first time in March 1963. The original purpose was to encourage public support and interest in social work as a profession. Social workers are the backbone of our work and are the first line of defense in being able to service families in crisis. For more information about this profession, visit: http://
Patricia “Shannen” Davis, MSW CAP (Certified Addictions Professional) CWP (Child Welfare Professional) is the current Program Director for Gulf Coasts’ Intensive Family Preservation Program in Miami-Dade County. She was previously employed as the Family Intervention Services Program Manager. She started as a Court Dependency Case Manager (CDS) and Family Intervention Specialist funded by TANF.
Housing Discrimination affects more than the direct victims; it impacts the whole community and society at large. Education is one of the most important keys to eliminating housing discrimination. HOPE, Inc. is increasing its outreach campaigns to educate more housing providers across the County. In 2013, HOPE, Inc. delivered fair housing training to nearly 200 housing providers in Broward County. “Housing providers” could refer to private realtors, homeowner associations, condo boards, co-op governing boards, mortgage lenders, banks, landlords, etc.
The amended federal Fair Housing Act prohibits nationally, any discrimination in the sale, rental, lending, insurance, or advertising of housing on the basis of: race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex, and familial status. Rob Collins joins me to talk about what to do when encountering housing discrimination.
Adoption is the legal transfer of the parental rights and responsibilities from a child’s birth parents to the adoptive parents. But adoption is not the only way to help children in crisis, you may be interested in becoming a foster parent or a Guardian Ad Litem. Two foster parents, Trudy and Lisa, discuss the various challenges in the foster care system. For a prospective adoptive parent, fostering to adopt makes the adoption process easier to navigate. For Trudy and Lisa, parenting through adopting can be one of the most life-changing and yet rewarding experiences, but it is important to understand the adoption process and the different adoption opportunities available. Our Kids of Miami-Dade and Monroe can provide you with additional information and referral services, support groups, adoption-related libraries, case management and training.
ZooRush is a collaboration between the School of Communication and the School of Public Health at the University of Miami. Everyone involved is a student or faculty member of our school. Clay Ewing, the game designer of ZooRush and Assistant Professor, and Nancy, the head of PR for the project, talk about the game the development of the game. The game is part of a larger project at the School of Public Health. The larger project, lead by Dr. Lanetta Jordan, is a patient registry for sickle cell disease. The purpose of the game is twofold: create awareness about sickle cell disease as well as reduce the stigma associated with the disease amongst teenagers that have it.
Kadie Black and Issa Hosein explain in broad terms the foster care system and how Our Kids, as the administrative agency, plays into the scheme of things. Among the topics discussed during the show are the misconceptions surrounding foster care/adoption and the children in the system, who are the children in the foster care system and most importantly, how the community can get involved. The Florida Department of Children and Families has awarded Our Kids a Community Based Care (CBC) Lead Agency Status. It is through dedicated and devoted workers that Our Kids is able to oversee and lead a coordinated system of care delivering excellence to abused, abandoned and neglected children and their families in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.