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“Hoarders cause piles of trouble at fires”


English: The building in Pittsburgh.

English: The building in Pittsburgh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This March 30, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the dangers posed to first responders when a call goes out for them to fight a fire or respond for any type of emergency when the call involves the home of a person who hoards items.

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“School districts challenged to meet student mental health needs”


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The News (Photo credit: hellomike)

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This March 29, 2014, Journal News article talks about how Butler County School District is attempting to meet the mental health needs of their students by reaching out to other agencies with the skills to meet the need.

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“Fábregas: Bridge jumper to share his healing at mental illness conference”

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This March 28, 2014 article talks about the passion for helping others seen in one of a handful of people to survive jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.  His passion is to reach out to those in their 20’s to encourage them to seek help if they are feeling suicidal or otherwise in need of mental health treatment.

Suicide prevention message on the Golden Gate ...

Suicide prevention message on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Video: “Mental Health 50th Anniversary Timeline, Lancaster, PA”

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This YouTube video was uploaded by Philhavenhope on November 13, 2013 and while its focus is on Lancaster County, PA, it does include historical moments that had an impact nationwide in the mental health community.

“Mental Health Advocates Decry Forced Treatment Provision in “Doc Fix” Bill”

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This March 28, 2014 Digital Journal article talks about the Medicare Reform bill now in the senate pointing out that it includes provisions for the forced or coerced treatment of people with mental illnesses.

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English: Insulin shock therapy is given in Lapinlahti Hospital, Helsinki in 1950’s Suomi: Insuliinišokkihoitoa Lapinlahden sairaalassa Helsingissä 1950-luvulla (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Cook County Sheriff Rips Mental Health Cuts: ‘We Have Criminalized Mental Illness In This Country’”

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This March 26, 2014 ThinkProgress article focuses on the issues of lacking mental health care in Cook County Illinois, and describes how that jail there has become one of the largest defacto mental health treatment facilities in the country, because of how funding for community based mental health care has been repeatedly cut and basically ravaged over the years.  PA Representative Tim Murphy’s proposed mental health reform bill was mentioned in the article as well.

“Study: Mental health care lacking in some counties”

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This March 26, 2014  USA Today article talks about a nationwide study that found not every county has the infrastructure to offer mental health care to everyone who needs it.

“Therapists’ Apps Aim To Help With Mental Health Issues”

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This March 26, 2014 NPR article talks about a few examples of apps that have been developed to offer extra support to people with various mental health issues, including anxiety, mood tracking, suicide prevention, and support for people who are recovering alcoholics.

I didn’t play around with any of them, but the descriptions looked to me like they could have potential.  I was a little disappointed to see that the Personal Zen app for anxiety was only available for Apple devices it is for helping people decrease their anxiety, which is something that I thought I could add to my list of tools to use to help me manage my anxiety disorder, but I’m sure if I looked around there is likely something similar for Android devices I just need to look for it 😉

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“Scientists Use Stem Cells to Study Bipolar Disorder”

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This March 25, 2014 Health Day article on the Philly.com website talks about research being done in an effort to better understand Bipolar Disorder.  The research involves stem cells and indicates that there are differences being seen between those of people with Bi

Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night. Oil on can...

Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night. Oil on canvas, 73×92 cm, 28¾×36¼ in. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

polar Disorder and those who do not have the disorder.  Scientists hope to gain a better understanding of the disorder in hopes that their research will lead to better, more effective treatments of Bipolar Disorder

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“What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?”

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This January 12, 2012 Healthy Place blog post offers an introduction to what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is and includes a little about what is seen in children, the public, and the military.

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