“Someone Else’s Treasure”
F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP, with FGCU, is hosting “Someone Else’s Treasure” on Sat., Sept. 23, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way. This presentation will focus on the challenges of Hoarding Disorder, a behavioral health issue, and the problems that can occur if untreated. Lunch will be available.
Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them, and a person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs. People with hoarding disorder may not see it as a problem, making treatment challenging. But intensive treatment can help people with hoarding disorder understand how their beliefs and behaviors can be changed so that they can live safer, more enjoyable lives.
“Hoarding is a very serious matter. It is quite different from someone being disorderly or junky,” states Kathy Y. Monroe, M.S.G., FISH Program Director. “Some of us may be hoarders, know hoarders or have lived with parents who were hoarders. These behaviors can lead to tragic accidents and poor health. This opportunity will help us to be able to distinguish the difference between myth and facts. Please join us, as an interactive panel of experts discuss and share information on this topic.”
Belinda Bruster, PhD., LCSW, a member of the Lee County Task Force on Hoarding, will be the facilitator. She will be accompanied by a representative from Animal Control and a support group member as they share their expertise, experiences and possible remedies.
For additional information, please contact Kathy Y. Monroe, M.S.G., FISH Program Director at the FISH Walk-In-Center, 239-472-4775. This presentation is part of the FISH Health & Wellness Series and partially funded through the Wells Fargo Community Grant.