Keystone Supports May National Mental Health Month

As the largest provider of integrated, collaborative healthcare in northeast Florida for children who have behavioral, developmental, mental, emotional and learning issues, Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics recognizes May as National Mental Health Month.

One of Keystone’s child psychologists, Max Horovitz, Ph.D., was interviewed by Action News CBS 47 Fox 30, about the connection between mental health issues and suicide by teenagers. Specifically, the news station was reporting on increasing concern by educators, schools and parents about the Netflix show, “13 Reasons Why,” which tells the story of the main character, Hannah Baker, who took her own life, leaving behind 13 tapes for the 13 people she said were responsible. Schools are beginning to send letters home to parents warning them about the show’s potentially dangerous message.

During the interview, Dr. Horovitz noted that some children are more easily influenced than others and parents might consider talking with their child about the show’s message. “We want kids to know there are a lot of ways they can be helped that don’t have to be suicide,” Horovitz said.

Several other occasions spotlight mental health issues throughout the month:

May 4 – Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

May 7-13 – National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

May 13-17 – Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Keystone advocates every day for the importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care for children, youth and young adults is mental and/or substance use disorders by working with children in its Southside clinic, in their homes, at their schools and in the community. This year’s national theme, “Partnering for Help and Hope.” is especially meaningful, in light of the number of news stories recently that report instances of police having negative interactions with children and young adults who have special needs.

Keystone would welcome the opportunity to help local media discuss children’s mental health issues in a variety of subject areas to bring attention to National Mental Health Month. Its team of child psychologists and therapists can make themselves available for interviews as needed.

Keystone’s team also provides in-service training to educators in schools and other community organizations, police officers and emergency medical service providers. Keystone can share information and techniques to help them understand why children with special needs may act and/or react the ways that they do in stressful situations and what methods can be used to deescalate a potentially unpleasant or potentially dangerous situation.

To schedule an interview or an in-service training, contact Karen Rieley, director of marketing and communications, 904.333.1151,

Keystone recognizes Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Behavior therapists at Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics know that suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people.

Suicide is often the result of mental health conditions that affect people when they are most vulnerable. That’s why Keystone mental health therapists take seriously any suicidal thoughts expressed by the children they serve. And, that’s why Keystone supports efforts to promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how people can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.

To increase awarenecommunity-walks_walkfeaturess in the local community about the issues surrounding suicide, Team Keystone will be participating in the Out of the Darkness Jacksonville Walk by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-North Florida Chapter. Get involved in promoting suicide awareness by joining Team Keystone on the walk, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, starting at 8:45 a.m. at the Jacksonville Landing in downtown J
acksonville and ending at 11 a.m. You can also donate funds to help AFSP in its efforts to understand and prevent suicide through research, education and advocacy and to reach out to people with mental disorders and those who have felt the impact of suicide.

Suicide Warning Signs

AFSP notes that people who kill themselves exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. The more warning signs, the greater the risk.

If a person talks about:

  • Killing themselves.
  • Having no reason to live.
  • Being a burden to others.
  • Feeling trapped.
  • Unbearable pain.

New or Increased Behavior, such as:

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means.
  • Acting recklessly.
  • Withdrawing from activities.
  • Isolating from family and friends.
  • Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Aggression.