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“Photo exhibit displays images of mental health recovery in Westmoreland County”

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This article dated May 3, 2012 and found on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about a project where some folks in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania were given digital cameras and told to take pictures of things that were helpful to them on their road to recovery.  some of the pictures were turned into a public display along with a writeup about the reason the picture was taken in the words of the photographer.  The goal of the project was to shed some light into the lives of folks with mental illnesses and to show that while a small minority of people with mental illnesses do commit violent crimes, there are many more out there who are working to improve their lives and have many of the same wants or desires that folks without mental illnesses want.  Very neat article to say the least, and I found it quite refreshing on many levels to read about something positive in the media about folks with mental health issues, since so much of the media attention goes to the small minority who commit violent crimes, which is something that has always bothered me on many levels.  So I’m always pleased when I hear about someone doing something positive and being able to read or watch it through a news source.

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