Health Matters: Navigating through Mental Health

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Studies show six out of 10 children who suffer from mental illness don’t get the treatment they need. “Part of Kids Minds Matter mission is to really expand the behavioral health services for kids in Southwest Florida and this was one of the gaps that we noticed in the system and that the school system noticed was a gap in the system, so we are trying to fill that gap,” said Richard Keelan, child advocacy program supervisor at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Mental health navigators at Golisano Children’s Hospital work with the school systems in both Lee and Collier Counties to help the families of children with mental health conditions get the medical and financial resources they need. “We’ve really had to start with a lot of the families by making sure we can stabilize housing, making sure everybody’s well fed. It’s really hard to talk about your kid’s mental health issues when there’s no food on the table or you’re homeless. So, we’ve really had to start with some basic needs work and then we get to help with clinical services,” he said.

Using community resources, the navigators connect the families to other agencies to help them get the support and services they need. “It’s absolutely important because you have families that are lost out there and you have children who are suffering that shouldn’t be suffering. They can have a full life, and succeed in school. And if we don’t help them, they are going to be lost,” said Maria Ortizotero, a mental health navigator at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Helping both children and their families navigate through mental health.

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