Numerous studies have made it clear food insecurity is linked to increased rates of depression and anxiety. Undoubtedly, when one of your most fundamental needs — for nutritious food — goes unmet, your mental health suffers.
That’s why Florida’s seven Managing Entities, which oversee Florida’s behavioral health safety net system, are partnering with Farm Share, Florida’s largest independent food bank, to address both issues.
Under the partnership, a card will be included in each bag of food distributed at Farm Share events. The card provides important information on how to contact a Managing Entity to connect with mental health and substance use disorder providers that accept clients who have no health insurance.
Behavioral health services include treatment for mental health issues and substance use disorder, as well as “wraparound services” like transportation, child care, employment, and more.
Florida’s seven local Managing Entities work with a network of over 300 behavioral health care providers, who deliver services to more than 300,000 of Florida’s most vulnerable residents — including children, expectant mothers, veterans and the chronically homeless.
We recognize food insecurity and poor mental health are interrelated, which is why we’re raising awareness about behavioral health services at food distribution events. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has long recognized access to food as a social determinant of health. NAMI acknowledges that food insecurity can lead to mental health issues and, conversely, that untreated mental health issues can impair a person’s ability to find and keep a job and access food.
People who have fallen on hard times and can’t afford food may not know behavioral health services are available — regardless of their ability to pay.
The goal of both of our organizations is to help Floridians get back on their feet. By providing nutritious food and information on how to access the treatment people may need for anxiety, depression or substance use disorder. We can help people tackle the multiple challenges they may be facing.
These are hard times, and we’re here to give a hand up.
Natalie Kelly is CEO of the Florida Association of Managing Entities; Stephen Shelley is CEO of Farm Share.
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August 6, 2022 at 2:12 pm
Morons don’t understand what chemicals do to the brain and toxic food
Those morons don’t understand what it is to live in the night under a brush with killers all over them
Trauma, homelessness,and no where to use the bathroom
August 6, 2022 at 2:21 pm
Moron’s think mental mental mental medication ( toxicity one) weight gain dietetics thyroid stunter will do the trick ..why food insecurity and min wages are a mental problem with co existing discrimination
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August 7, 2022 at 7:14 pm
Moron’s didn’t understand that this stupid migration and inflated money egos in a money hungry place would cause anxiety and struggling
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