11
May

BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSION PRESENTED PROCLAMATION DECLARING MAY 2017 CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH IN BROWARD COUNTY

In commemoration of May being National Mental Health Awareness month, the Board Of County Commissioners of Broward County, Florida presented a Proclamation to One Community Two Partnership (OCP2), along with Human Services Department, the Community Partnerships Division, the Children’s Services Administration Section and its Children’s Services Board, Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, United Way of Broward County, and South Florida Wellness Network, in recognition of their on-going efforts to address the complex mental health needs of children, youth and families in Broward County.  OCP2 engages Broward partners and community members to serve young people and focus on their recovery, resiliency and wellness.

Broward County Vice Mayor Beam Furr presented the proclamation, designating the month of May 2017 as “Broward County’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month,” to Silvia Quintana, CEO of Broward Behavioral Health Coalition; Arthur Gallop, youth advocate at South Florida Wellness Network; Emery Cowan, Project Director for OCP2; and Susan Nyamora, President/CEO of South Florida Wellness Network.  The ceremony took place during the Broward County Commission meeting on Tuesday, May 2nd.

The Proclamation recognizes the need for comprehensive, coordinated behavioral, mental and emotional health and wellness services for children, youth, their families, and peers; and declares that a time should be set apart each year for the direction of our thoughts toward the health and well-being of our children and youth in the community.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month and to inform the community about the importance of children and youth mental health needs and to reduce stigma, United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse & Broward Behavioral Health Coalition’s One Community Partnership 2 (OCP2) will be hosting the 2nd Annual OCP2 Wellness Day for Broward County youth, families, and community providers on May 13th at Central Broward Regional Park and a Cross Systems Training for front line staff on May 16th at Tree Tops Park. Additionally, United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse, in collaboration with Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, Florida Community Bank and Signature Grand, is also presenting the 3rd Annual Behavioral Health Conference: Building Healthier Communities, a two-day conference (May 22-23) promoting community awareness and support of mental health and substance use prevention.

Back Row: Commissioner Dale Holness, Commissioner Nan Rich, Mayor Barbara Sharief, Commissioner Mark Bogen, and Commissioner Michael udine

Front Row: Carmen Jones (Children’s Services Board member), Philip Harris, Kimm Campbell, Silvia Quintana, Arthur Gallop, Vice Mayor Beam Furr, Dan Schevis (Children’s Services Board Chair and HandsOn Broward Board Member)

27
Mar

Nominate a Wellness Champion!

 

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness month in May, OCP2 and BBHC want to recognize youth, young adults, and family leaders, as well as provider or staff professionals who have been made a difference in Broward County communities through their work and personal stories of hope and strength.

NOW THROUGH APRIL 21st – NOMINATE SOMEONE WHO STRIVES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITY!

 

The individuals selected will receive a Recognition Award at the “OCP2 2nd Annual Wellness Day” event on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Central Broward Regional Park (shelter 8).

Click HERE to view the nomination forms!

View pictures of last year “1st Annual Wellness Day”

31
Jan

Art Works!

For National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, Youth M.O.V.E. Broward in partnership with Commission on Substance Abuse – United Way of Broward hosted a workshop entitled:

Art and Addiction

On January 21, close to a dozen young people participated in this interactive workshop looking at the damaging effects of addiction through different art forms using a foam mannequin. Check out some of the artwork these talented young people created!

 

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31
Jan

Were you at Project Bliss?

In case, some of you missed this fun day outdoor, here are a few pictures to make sure you don’t miss any other Youth M.O.V.E. Broward events:

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What’s #ProjectBliss? 

Youth MOVE Broward organized this past Saturday, January 7, 2017 a day of wellness to educate young people about practical and easy tools they can utilize to get well, feel better, and/or maintain their wellness. The FREE event, entitled #ProjectBliss, had a series of activities like yoga, music, vendor tables with nutrition/ holistic info, self-love workshop, and art for young people.

Project Bliss stemmed from the collective voice of the youth to have more outdoor activities, to learn more about alternative treatments to stay well, and to have fun as well. To make this event a reality, they applied for a grant, called Dare to Dream America through Youth M.O.V.E. National.

Dare to Dream America was coordinated by youth and designed for youth, who were interested in making your peers and community more aware of mental health challenges and decreasing the stigma that is typically associated with them.

The Youth M.O.V.E. Broward leadership team felt that putting together such an event was important to the community because young people are hesitant to seek traditional services and want to have alternatives for mental and behavioral health disorders. They prioritized this project based on the lack of natural and holistic options in the community, and/or unaffordable holistic and natural options.

 

30
Nov

Broward County presents at the National Federation of Families Conference in Phoenix, Arizona!


14963231_905702069560653_6350192715772345854_nThis past November, OCP2, SFWN, Youth M.O.V.E. and Federation of Families Broward were selected to present at the 27th Annual National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference ended with an award ceremony where Adam Nooe, SFWN Wellness Coach and Youth MOVE Broward President, was recognized for his advocacy efforts on behalf of Broward County youth.

The “Help me. Don’t judge me. Using new technologies to promote Cultural Competency” youth and family driven workshop demonstrated through video skits the importance of delivering culturally appropriate behavioral services.

At the same time, OCP2 partnered with our TIP Trainer from Stars Behavioral Health Group on “Implementing Transition Services for Youth with a Peer Support Approach” discussing how the TIP and recovery service models have been successfully implemented in a Peer-Run Organization (SFWN) .

02
Jun

OCP2 hosted its first “Wellness Day”

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In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse, Broward Behavioral Health Coalition and One Community Partnership (OCP2) held the first annual “OCP2 Wellness Day” for Broward County youth, families, and community providers on Saturday, May 14th. Community members of all ages attended the free event at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill and took part in a fun-filled day of exciting activities including a basketball dunking contest, kickball, yoga/meditation, arts and crafts. Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness was in attendance.

In addition to sports activities and games, there were raffles and prizes that children could enter in and win along with a photo booth and tug of war contest.  During the afternoon, Adam Nooe, Chapter President of Youth M.O.V.E. Broward and Wellness Coach at South Florida Wellness Network; Jason Sergey, Betty Prescott from Youth M.O.V.E. Broward,  and Emunah Susson, from Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida, performed compelling open mic poetry focusing on the subject of mental health awareness.

After the poetry performances, an awards presentation took place to recognize community members for their involvement in OCP2 and their service to the community. Awards were presented by Silvia Quintana, CEO of Broward Behavioral Health Coalition; Emery Cowan, Director of Clinical Services and OCP2 Project Director at Broward Behavioral Health Coalition;  and Susan Nyamora, President/CEO of South Florida Wellness Network. Award recipients included: SunServe, who was named Provider Partner of the Year; Edward Moore Jr. who was named Youth Partner of the Year, and Giselle Grueter who was honored as Young Artist of the Year. Certificates of Appreciation were also awarded by Gretchen Rovira, of Federation of Families Broward County to Lisa Math, Melina Markos, and Laura Thompson for their OCP2 committee leadership and advocacy.

If you missed this great event, check out our “Wellness Day” album.

14
May

Take our survey! Let us know how you liked the Wellness Day.

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TAKE OUR SURVEY, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

We hope you are having a great time at our Wellness Day at Central Broward Regional Park, in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. Please take a few moments to answer this very short survey to help us evaluate our efforts. Your responses will remain anonymous.

Thank you for taking the time to help us. We appreciate your collaboration.

 

13
May

Empowering youth & young adults in Broward County – “Wellness is up me!” PSA

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For Mental Health Awareness Month in May 2016, OCP2 with the United Way Broward, collaborated with the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network and poet, and Trinity to create a message to raise awareness about youth mental health needs. This message aims to empower and give hope to youth and young adults in Broward County!