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SELF CARE

•    Florida Discount Drug Card Program
Apply for a discount card you can use at most pharmacies.  Refers you to other sites if you don’t qualify.  We have Brevard County Discount Cards at the Drop-in Center – 20% off prescription meds.

•     NeedyMeds.com
The best source of information about assistance programs that get you free or greatly reduced medicine and other healthcare expenses.  Programs are listed by companies that make the medication.

•     WebMD.com
Best place for any kind of medical information.  If you don’t know what company makes a medication, go here, look up the drug, find the company, and then go to NeedyMeds.com.

•     ACCESS (Automated Community Connection to Economic Self-Sufficiency) Florida
Best place to apply or see if you qualify for food stamps, SSDI, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.

•     Promoting Community Integration Through Leisure & Recreational Activities
This is a one page article on how to get out there and enjoy yourself and overcome problems with people in the commuity.  Several good suggestions about low-cost activities and places to go.  If you want the Drop-in Center to do any of these, let us know!

•     HealthyPlace.com
    Comprehensive information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications. Support groups, psychological tests, online diaries, mental health news, mental health videos, more.
 
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Consumers’ Wants And Needs During A Psychiatric Emergency
This article explains what we all would like when we are in crisis.  It’s important to tell our psychiatrists, counselors, and support system what we want before we are in crisis.

•     Depression and Bipolar Disorder –Talking to the Doctor 
This short article from DBSA gives good tips on medication and visiting your doctor.
 
We all know what anger is, and we've all felt it: whether as a fleeting annoyance or as a full-fledged rage.
 
This article gives lots of ideas on being a parent when you have a mental illness and helping your child to be resilient – successful in the face of big problems.
 
Did you know that 70% to 80% of people with mental illness lose custody of their children at least for a time?  This article from Mental Health America tells you how to avoid this and what to do if it happens.
 
This article discuses the problems we have with intimate relationships, including sexual relationships.  It talks about how people without mental illness think there is something “abnormal” about us being interested in sex.  At the same time, many of us are especially vulnerable to consenting to things we really don’t want to do.  The article also refers you to four other places, two don’t work and two do; one is an excellent article by Dr. Patricia Deegan on sex in mental institutions, and the other is a site especially for us to meet others with mental health issues!
 
This statement was written several years ago by a friend who is president of a drop-in Center in Orlando.  He is asking to be on the Board of NAMI Florida, but he tells a lot about how he has learned to live with schizophrenia.
 
•     Recovery Booklet
This is the new definition of recovery based on the new mental health transformation plan.  Read it to give yourself a whole new view of treatment and getting better.
 
This site has a lot of excellent information.  You have to look around the site to find ideas specifically for self care, but it has a lot on the subject.