Mental Health Challenges and How to Overcome Them

A Mental Health Brown Bag Seminar presented by Mental Health America of Hawai`i  invites to a discussion with:  

 Ritabelle Fernandes, M.D., M.P.H. 
Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, UH, Staff Geriatrician, Kokua Kalihi Valley Clinic
Thomas Harding, Psy.D., M.A.
Director of Neuropsychology, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience, LLC, Castle Hospital
Gary Powell
Executive Director, The Caregiver Foundation
Sara Tompkison, LCSW
Caregiver Support Coordinator, VA- Pacific Islands Healthcare System
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
11:00 am – 1:00 pm (Registration begins at 11:00 am – Program starts promptly at 11:30 am.)
Central Union Church
1660 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI  
Located between McCully Street and Punahou Street in the Parish Hall, Diamond Head side of the church in back.
Questions to be discussed by the panel:
  • What is the most common mental health issue facing seniors?
  • How can a caregiver tell if the person they are caring for is depressed? What can you do to help?
  • What is the difference between being clinically depresed vs. grieving the loss of a loved one?
  • How many of us are going to get dementia or Alzheimers? (What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimers?)
  • Is there anything we can do to avoid it? 
  • What are the risk factors for Alzheimers? 
  • What are the most common mental health problems experienced by caregivers? 
  • What can caregivers do to reduce their stress and its effects on their physical and mental health? 
  • What are the stresses experienced by caregivers who care for a younger person or a disabled veteran? 

Parking free on-site. Parking available in parking lot off of Punahou or on the grassy area in front.

Bring a bag lunch

Donation of $10- $25 requested. Payment in advance is encouraged. To register by phone call 521-1846 with your credit card and registration information, or online