St. Anthony's Hospital's Faith Community Nursing Conference Shines Light on Mental Health

September 11, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Sept. 11, 2014) – Faith Community Nursing at St. Anthony’s Hospital will bring the discussion on mental health issues into the spotlight by helping families recognize signs and providing caregivers with the tools they need to care for those suffering from mental illness during the day-long seminar, The Many Faces of Mental Health, on Friday, Oct. 10.

The free conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St. S, St. Petersburg.

“Statistics show that about 600,000 adult Floridians are living with mental health disorders,” said Deborah Rivard, St. Anthony’s Faith Community Nursing manager. “That doesn’t take into account the children and teens who also are affected by these illnesses. We want to take away the stigma of talking about these issues and provide caregivers with valuable resources that they can use to help those who are suffering with mental illness.”

Gail Ryder, vice president of BayCare Behavioral Services, will give the keynote address, Mental Health: Finally, a National Conversation! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that nearly $55 million in Affordable Care Act funding would be given to support health centers around the country and in Puerto Rico to establish or expand behavioral health services.

In addition to Ryder, other speakers include:
  • Michele Cole, M.A., School Counselor, Tampa Preparatory School,  Rising Mental Health Risks of Adolescents
  • Martha Lenderman, M.S.W., Baker Act Overview
  • JeanMarie Scordino, M.Ed., FAFS, exercise physiologist, BayCare Wellness Centers, Lifting Your Mood: The Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health
  • Katherine McMichael, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, Clinical Pharmacist, Behavioral Health, St. Joseph’s Hospital,   Psychiatric Medications: The Basics

Health care vendors also will present mental health resources.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. This program has applied for four continuing education hours.

For information and to register, call (727) 825-1709.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital 
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. The hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony’s has received the 2013 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award.  St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center has received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For more information on St. Anthony’s, call (727) 953-6993.

About Faith Community Nursing
Faith Community Nursing, which has been a part of St. Anthony’s Hospital since 1991, assists faith communities in developing health ministries that compassionately and effectively address the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of individuals within the congregation. Faith Community Nursing promotes health and healing practices from a faith perspective by encouraging healthy lifestyles and helping people understand the relationship between lifestyle, faith and well-being.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 11 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, South Florida Baptist, and Winter Haven. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at