Healthy Body / Healthy Mind
Clubhouse's Smoking Cessation Health and Wellness Project changes lives and health care systems to think: "Healthy Body Healthy Mind".
Here are the facts:
Nearly 75% of individuals with serious mental illness smoke cigarettes, as compared with 20.6% of the general population. Smokers with mental illness and addiction consume nearly half (44%) of all cigarettes sold in the US. Individuals with mental illness often die 25 years younger than the general population largely from conditions caused or worsened by smoking. However, smokers with mental illness have less access to cessation services and traditional treatment services are less effective in this population.
The Clubhouse Difference
Clubhouse developed a comprehensive model to address the biological, psychological and social aspects of tobacco dependence in individuals with serious mental illness. The Healthy Body Healthy Mind model, which was implemented at Clubhouse, resulted in compelling evidence that individuals with mental illness do respond to tailored interventions which address their specific needs, and are able to quit smoking.
How To Get Help
For further information, contact:
Tara Larkin-Fredericks, Director of Special Projects
Telephone: (631) 471-7242 ext 1347
Chemical Free Garden
Clubhouse of Suffolk's Chemical Free Garden in Ronkonkoma grows vegetables, herbs, and now, fruit. Sixteen garden beds provide fresh lettuces, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, broccoli, squash, eggplant, various herbs, and more during the growing season. Grape vines and blueberry bushes, which will mature in a few years, grow along the back fence. Chemicals are never used on our plants, most of which are grown from heirloom seed, supplemented by organic compost and fertilizer.
In 2013 our garden became a Certified Butterfly Garden through the North American Butterfly Association, providing resources that increase the world's population of butterflies. This natural habitat with indigenous flowers, nectar and host plants, is home to a range of native wildlife.
During the growing season, fresh vegetables and herbs are harvested for the day's lunch, serving an approximate eighty Clubhouse members and staff. Meals are prepared by Clubhouse members and staff and sold for $1.25 each. All lunches include a salad with options for a meat or plant-based meal. The lunch menus are designed by a peer-run kitchen class with an emphasis on healthy and affordable meals that can be duplicated by members at home.
During the week, Master Gardener and Peer Specialist Bill Kelly engages our members in a range of garden skill development. Members learn how to identify and nurture various plantings and work as a team to keep the garden productive. The garden activities also complement other Clubhouse-Ronkonkoma wellness program such as Tai Chi and Smoking Cessation, providing members to learn how foods in tandem with routine exercise and a tobacco-free lifestyle can help in achieving health goals such as weight loss, increased strength and endurance.
During the harvest period, vegetables and herbs are donated to Charlotte's Table, our choice-based food pantry, and distributed along with a recipe. Charlotte's Table is open to the public each Wednesday from 2:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m. The pantry provides an excellent opportunity for our members to engage in work readiness activities while giving back to our community.
Current projects for 2013 include an expansion of the drip irrigation system, a bird bath, and additional fencing lined with raspberry bushes. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to support our garden is encouraged to contact Ruth McDade, Director of Development.
Clubhouse of Suffolk is a 501©(3) not for profit mental health organization licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health to provide psychiatric rehabilitation and case management services to over 1,500 adults each year living in communities across Suffolk County, NY. Clubhouse of Suffolk has locations in Ronkonkoma and Riverhead. More information can be found online at www.clubhouseofsuffolk.org
For further information, contact:
Ruth McDade, Director of Development
Telephone: (631) 471-7242 ext 1429