PCMA Letter: It’s always a good time to address mental health


IN THIS EDITION (August 2015) of Central Florida Health News, medical experts weigh in on topics to help improve you or a loved one’s mental health. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a staggering one in five Americans will suffer from anxiety or depression in their lifetime.

This disease by itself can be dangerous if not addressed and given the proper medical attention. Add to that the risk to an individual who already suffers from chronic health problems, and the risk of depression and/or anxiety is only amplified. The physicians of the Polk County Medical Association are here to share resources to get those suffering from mental health illness the help they need.

In addition to the resourceful features in this edition, take special note of the Medical Advice column by Dr. Ulyee Choe, a PCMA member. As the director of the Florida Department of Health in Polk County, he wants to make sure you and your children are ready for the school year ahead with some important health tips.

On a side note, we’d like you to mark your calendar and RSVP for an event you don’t want to miss. Our Fifth Annual Casino Night fundraiser is coming up Saturday, October 24. The event will be hosted by Fields Motorcars Mercedes Benz, 4141 North Florida Avenue in Lakeland. Entertainment for the evening will include casino table games (played with fake currency, of course), as well as a silent auction, music, food, drinks, and more! The proceeds from this event go directly toward We Care of Polk County and the Polk County Medical Foundation. For more information about tickets or how you could become a partnering sponsor, please call Jackie Courtney in our office at (863) 644-4051.


Director of Radiation Oncology
St. Joseph’s Hospital, BayCare Health System
President, Polk County Medical Association

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