Mental Health Awareness Month

According to the World Health Organization, mental health is defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. Using this definition, one can easily see that poor mental health can lead to challenges in nearly every aspect of life.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office takes mental health very seriously, for ourselves and for those we serve. Our deputies complete required Crisis Intervention Training to ensure a safe and appropriate response to situations where mental illness may be present. Additionally, since 2018, Sheriff Prummell has partnered with Charlotte Behavioral Health Care to provide a Mental Health Unit. This unit, which includes a clinician, provides services for individuals involved in incidents to which we respond – such as advocacy and counseling, assistance with Baker and Marchman Acts, follow-up services, and more.

“When we encounter someone suffering from mental illness, our goal is to get the help they need, to prevent future situations that could potentially lead to violence. Jail isn’t the appropriate place for people who suffer from mental illness. “

Sheriff Prummell

People with mental illness are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, suffer from chronic disease, and have a higher rate of attempted suicide. It is our goal to connect these individuals to appropriate resources in our community.

Be Kind to Your Mind

Tips to cope with stress during COVID-191:

  • PAUSE Breath and notice how you feel
  • TAKE BREAKS from COVID-19 content
  • MAKE TIME to sleep and exercise
  • REACH OUT and stay connected
  • SEEK HELP if overwhelmed or unsafe

If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can contact Charlotte Behavioral Health Care’s 24-hour Crisis Line at 941-575-0222 or the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency Line at 941-639-0013. In an emergency, always dial 911.

Remember – you are not alone, and there is help available.

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