Mental health has become a national conversation in the wake of recent tragedies shedding light on the devastating effects mental illness can have on individuals and communities. These instances point to the national issue of a lack of mental health services in this country, as well as the stigma associated with mental health illness preventing individuals from seeking the professional help they need.
With approximately 1 in 4 people living with mental illness worldwide, the need for acceptance and resources has never been greater.
The World Federation for Mental Health dedicates one day per year to raise awareness about mental health. On Saturday, October 10 we are asked to join in a national conversation about mental health and to promote this year’s theme of “Dignity in Mental Health”. To help make dignity in mental health a reality, together we can ensure that mental health problems are better understood, and more importantly, are nothing to be ashamed of.
Seeking resources when you need them and not being ashamed for doing so is the first step in reducing this stigma.
As an SPC employee, you have access to mental health professionals who can provide services to you and your family for FREE.
On October 15, join the conversation, seek help if you need it, and encourage others to do the same.
See below for more information on the resources you have as an SPC employee:
Health Advocate Resources:
Although most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the preventative steps necessary to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
Below you will find information on how to prevent breast cancer, early warning signs, how breast cancer is diagnosed, frequently asked questions, and myths.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, click here for information on understanding the diagnosis, finding a treatment center, etc., or call 800-227-2345 to speak with an American Cancer Society treatment specialist.
What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.
When breast cancer is detected early, at a localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams, and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.
Breast cancer can be diagnosed through multiple tests, including a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI and biopsy.
Once a person is determined to have a malignant tumor or the diagnosis of breast cancer, the healthcare team will determine breast cancer staging to communicate how far the disease has progressed.
There is a lot of misinformation out there. Make sure you know the facts about breast cancer.
Get answers to the frequently asked questions about breast cancer here.
Find a Fundraiser Walk
Support breast cancer research and awareness – participate in an upcoming local event in our area:
2015 Step Out: Tampa Bay
October 17th 2015
401 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
Registration: 7:30am, Walk Starts: 8:30am
The Palladium will host this year’s TEDx TampaBay from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. TEDx is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals spark conversation and connection at the local level.
This year TEDx TampaBay has chosen “Emergence” as their event theme. Speakers will address how emerging technology and ideologies are changing our communities and the world. A full day of inspiring presenters, food, yoga, tech demos and more will be offered.
Tara Hechlik Newsom, Associate Professor of Social & Behavioral Science at SPC, will speak on “The Constitution: It’s Personal.” The talk will focus on the transformative power the Constitution has had on her students and how that has invigorated the community. Newsom is launching the college’s new Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement.
General admission tickets, available for $40, are a great option for TED enthusiasts who thrive on stimulating, mind-expanding talks. The general admission ticket includes the free yoga session from The Body Electric Yoga Company, general seating in the theatre and a catered lunch.
For those who enjoy a front-row seat to all of the action and love the “goodies” available only to our “VIP” ticket holders, the $75 admission includes everything from the general admission package plus preferred seating in the theatre during the event, an event t-shirt and a swag bag courtesy of our sponsors. There are a limited number of discounted student tickets and students are encouraged to attend. Discount code is STUDENT when registering.
Check out more information and register on the TEDxTampaBay website.
Register through Skillport, SPC’s employee learning management system: