Taking Care of Each Other!
Partnering, collaborating, & caring with other community organizations that provide services to our schools, students, and families.
The NAMI/LOM Team staying current with CPR training. We completed the CPR AED class that taught us adult and child CPR and AED use and how to relieve choking in adults, children, and infants. We participated in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations.
Assistant Principal, Amanda Rojas, Superintendent Brennan Asplen, & Assistant Principal Jessica Fuesy stand in front of the recently painted Brookside Barracuda mural that was completed in August 2021 to bring a burst of joy for students, teachers, and staff!
We Believe that Positive Work and Learning Environments Stimulate Optimism.
Celebrating each other! Spending time outdoors with the mental health counselors who serve our public elementary schools is a a worthwhile moment! The Lean on Me Project currently sponsors three LMHC so there can be a second counselor at Wilkinson and Taylor Ranch Elementary Schools, as well as, Oak Park School.
The LOM Project adopted Brookside Middle School through First Step of Sarasota's School Prevention Program. There are 750 students. 23% of them have identified disabilities. 60% qualify for free/reduced lunches. 54% of the 750 are minority students. There are 100 staff members; 60 are teachers (or direct service providers). Prior to COVID, there was one mental health counselor. We added the salary of another so that their combined caseload is up to 40 students still less than 1% of the population. So, we added two other positions for drop in services for the rest of the population. And we pledged it for 3 years.
We Believe in Brookside!
The Florida Center for Early Childhood is home to the state’s first and only Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Clinic. The clinic is available to diagnose, make recommendations, provide necessary interventions and educate (families and communities) in order to reduce/prevent negative outcomes.
Photo by Cliff Roles
We Believe in Celebrating!
Amy F. Weinberger was honored to have been a speaker at the Sunshine from Darkness 2021 event along with the key note speakers, Daryll Strawberry and Steve Ford. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to raising funds for mental health research and local charities that provide mental health and addiction disorder services in the
Photo by Cliff Roles
We Believe in Supporting Each Other.
In Sarasota County if you live within two miles of a school district, busing is not available which can make it a bit difficult some days to get to and from schools. Check out this student's new pink bike from the LOM team. She was so excited to receive it and we gave her bike lessons. She is ready for the new school year!
We Believe in Solving Problems.
Meet the team from Visible Men Academy! They spent their day on a progressive learning tour. They started at Visible Men Academy, drove to Weinberger Oasis to engage in reducing retramautization in the classroom, and then met for their last experience and tour at Resilient Retreat!
We Believe in Connections in Our Community.
In partnership with FaceAutism through Dynasty Dance Clubs in Lakewood Ranch, LOM continues to sponsor Ballroom Dance Classes that focusses on the practice of learning to express through dance which builds overall confidence and increases the connection between mind and body. Students learn the Tango, Rumba, Waltz, Salsa and Free Style combinations.
We Believe Access is the Key to Learning.
Co-Founder, Amy F. Weinberger, MSED, is one of the national trainers for Youth Mental Health First Aid. It is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. Topics covered include non crisis vs. crisis situations, anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
"Amy was very personable. She was able to take bits and pieces of all of our staffs stories and experiences and teach us how to handle crisis and non-crises situations. Her heart is with the kids of the next generation and she showed that by all of her teachings. She was very prepared, comical, and informative. I learned a lot about crisis situations and how to differentiate them from non-crisis. I also learned to be cautious of my words that I say to our members who are going through a crisis situation." - Boys & Girls Club Director
"I found the training on Mental Health with Amy to be very insightful. The A.L.G.E.E (Approach, Listen, Give, Encourage, Encourage) method taught me why we do these things and she explained it very well."
"I would like to start by saying that the training was a great one. I learned a lot of skills and fact that will help me handle situations that I have been in and will be in with our kids. We don’t always know what to say or do when we see irregular changes in our kids here and the training helped me know how to react or some ways to words things in order to help our youth."
- Boys & Girls Club Directors
Running a holiday sale or weekly special? Definitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal.
Check out the Brookside Barracuda mural initiative. Thank you to muralist, Pam Olin and community volunteers. There are two murals at the campus: one at the carline and one at the bus lane
The opposite of crisis is prevention and early intervention. This is why we gather together tonight. We have the power, collectively, with our philanthropic pocketbooks as well as our time, passion, relationships, ideas to create a sustainable proactive approach to mental health wellness in our schools that can lead to resilience. My name is Amy Falk Weinberger, and I am told that I am a creative community connector. So I am asking you to join me in supporting wellness opportunities in our education communities.
Looking for inspirations and bursts of joys while parenting? We are always searching and listening to the experts. We have compiled our favorites for you to choose from. Enjoy and start your own conversations.
Music is the universal language of all types of emotions. We are choosing joy, happiness, inspirations, upbeat, positive, and hopeful lyrics. Take us along with you on your way to work, while you clean up, get ready for your day, etc. Add a two step or whistle or skip! Enjoy.