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“Prison advocates: Pa. failing the mentally ill”

Solitary confinement

Solitary confinement (Photo credit: Chris.Gray)

 

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This April 28, 2013 article on The Harold, in Sharon, PA, talks about the lawsuit being made about the use of solitary confinement and mentally ill prisoners.

 

“Body Identified”

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The body found in the Conewango Creek yesterday has been identified as Dan Wolboldt according to a breaking news report on the Warren Times Observer.  Dental records were used to identify him.

Thank you to those who followed this story, I’m sorry for the sad ending, but my heart goes out to the friends and family of Dan Wolboldt who are now able to gain some closure in this tragedy.

“Tour shows what it is like to be a homeless person in Cumberland County”

Cumberland County Courthouse (1846)

Cumberland County Courthouse (1846) (Photo credit: origamidon)

 

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This April 28, 2013 article on the cumberlink.com website for The Sentinel is about a recent tour of services that are for helping homeless people.  The tour was for giving Legislative delegates and Officials a better idea of what it is like to be homeless in Cumberland County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Correction

Yesterday I posted a piece indicating that Dan Wolboldt’s body had been found.  I jumped ahead of things a bit and should have stated a body was found but not identified.  I messed up and made an assumption based on the place the body was found in relation to where Dan Wolboldt’s home is.

Here is an article in today’s Warren Times Observer that offers more details about where things are at with Dan Wolboldt’s case.

According to the article a forensic autopsy will be performed to not only identify the body but find cause of death.

Here is the link to today’s article

https://www.timesobserver.com/page/content.detail/id/564141/Search-Successful.html?nav=5006

An Update on Dan Wolboldt – Found

It is with great sadness that I share this information, according to the Warren Times observer, Dan Wolboldt’s body was found at 10:47am today by members of the community who were searching for him.

Here is a link to the brief article found on the Warren Times Observer website they just posted it within that last half hour as a breaking news piece.

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My heart goes out to everyone whose life was touched by Dan especially his wife and family.

 

“Mental Illness: A Story of Struggle and Strength”

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While I found this story to be very inspiring,

I would like to note that it is possible it could be triggery for some,

the writer describes her struggle with self-injury and suicide.

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  This April 22, 2013 article on the Cabrini College Loquitur website talks about one woman’s struggle with mental illness, she describes what things were like for her as a teen, but then also goes on to explain that she can’t imagine going through life differently then she has.

 

“No Benefit From Screening All Patients for Suicide Risk: Report”

English: Image for mental health stubs, uses t...

English: Image for mental health stubs, uses two psych images – psychiatry (medicine) and psychology (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This April 23, 2013 article raises concerns about whether or not screening every patient for suicide really offers any solid benefit.

 

 

 

“Conference tackles mental health issues: Treatment or incarceration”

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storeroom (Photo credit: suttonhoo)

 

 

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This April 19, 2013 article found on the Warren Times-Observer website talks about a conference recently held at the Interfaith Chapel on the Warren State Hospital grounds.  Based on the article it seems like the conference was for getting mental health providers and corrections related employees into the same room to discus what’s broken and what can be done to fix it in regards to the situation where corrections facilities are holding more and more inmates with mental health issues. Many questions were raised in the article.

 

While I’m encouraged to see these folks sitting down and talking to each other, I am concerned that there is one group that may have been overlooked.  The group I have in mind is the people who will be effected by any decisions made by the professionals who attended this meeting.  That group being the folks who receive services from these agencies.  I know Beacon Light has a Consumer Advisory board, so I suspect there is a chance that Beacon Light will at some point be including the folks they serve, but what about the other agencies represented, will they too include representative of the people they serve?

 

 

 

“ARC Issues Guidelines for Coping with Stress during Recent Traumatic Events”

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This April 20, 2013 article on the GanDaily.com website talks about tips from the American Red Cross for coping with tragic events.  As the article points out it’s been a rough week for our country, with a bombing, flooding and a fertilizer plant explosion, I feel like I’ve reached a bit of a breaking point myself.  I have an anxiety disorder that causes issues for me under the best of conditions. With tragedies that make it into national headlines my anxiety sky rockets.  Not so much because I’m directly affected by what is happening, but I tend to fear for the lives of others, I hope they will make it through in one piece, but at the same time questions like “what would I do in their shoes?”  or “what if that happened in my area?”  the way my brain is wired it goes into overdrive trying to figure out answers to these and many other questions.  I see an increase in the frequency of my panic attacks, and find that I tend to struggle more with leaving home.  Yes, often I realize my fears are irrational, and that what happened in Texas, Boston or the midwest isn’t happening here, which helps me stay grounded.  On the other hand there are things mentioned in this article that I have worked on doing myself.  A prime example would be not allowing myself to be glued to the tv or other media outlets when there is something big happening.  I don’t need to know the play-by-play details of the horror to know it’s bad …. I allow myself to watch a few minutes here and there but then go into what I call a personal “media blackout” where I do anything I want as long as it doesn’t involve the media.  The media blackouts allow me to regroup, refocus, and in many ways not put myself into a major tailspin with my anxiety issues.  A wise therapist I once had suggested to me at one point that maybe I should “strive for balance as opposed to normality” it took awhile for me to understand what was meant, by it, and I feel like in many ways I’m still learning about it.  What I know at this point though is that normal doesn’t work for most people (myself included) it’s an elusive carrot on a stick of sorts we think we see it, but can never seem to do what we think we see.  I’ve found that balance is more realistic and often times more achievable.  I chose not to glue myself to the live feeds of the Boston marathon bombing, not because I didn’t care, but because I needed to keep myself healthy. I chose to allow myself a few minutes of media coverage so I would be aware of what was occurring, but at the same time I chose to do things like play Sims 3 or World of Warcraft to occupy my mind.  I also chose to do things like tackle some of the clutter in my home, or go for a walk, or simply relax with my knitting and sometimes even reached out and talked to friends or family members about anything that didn’t focus on the horrors that were unfolding.  For me, I feel that making these choices were examples of what my former therapist was saying when she suggested I strive for balance.  It’s about what is going to keep me functioning at a level that is healthy.  I feel that the tips offered in the article from the American Red Cross magnify balance as opposed to normality and they are simple tips that could be applied to anyone’s life.  Take time to balance your life even if it is just for a moment, because without balance none of us will be of any benefit to those around us.

 

“May is Mental Health Month”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Blair County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Blair County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This April 20, 2013 article on the GantDaily.com website talks about events being held in Blair County as part of National Mental Health Month.

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