Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

May 01, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Gillespie,
DCF Press Secretary,
(850) 717-4450
~ Agency provides tips to keep your mind in good shape, events that promote mental well-being ~

Tallahassee - Listen to a happy song to release stress. Replace your snack food with healthy "brain" food. Do a crossword puzzle to improve critical thinking.

These tips and more are part of the Department of Children and Families celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Starting today, events around the state will help bring awareness to a healthy mind and body and to positive outcomes for those with mental illnesses.

"Good mental health is a primary part of good physical health," said Rob Siedlecki, Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health. "Dealing well with stress, eating a healthy diet and keeping our brains active are part of our overall well-being."

Every person is affected by the way our mind and body interact, so it is important for everyone to take stock of mental health and wellness. When you need help, there is a place to go. Client-centered, family-guided and culturally relevant services and supports for children, adults and their families are available throughout Florida from our partners in the community substance abuse and mental health agencies and programs.

Last year, DCF provided funding to local mental health agencies who served almost 300,000 adults and children. The agency's mental health priorities include wraparound services to provide individualized care to promote positive outcomes, comprehensive, community-based treatment to those with persistent mental illnesses, supported employment and supportive housing arrangements.

"With this assistance, individuals with mental illnesses are able to live productive, satisfying lives in their own communities," Siedlecki said.

For more information, to see statewide events or to download the "Tip of the Day" to your calendar, please go to