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“New outpatient mental health office to host open house”

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This July 30, 2014, Chestnut Hill Local article talks about a new outpatient mental health clinic that is opening in Chestnut Hill

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Locals and Tourists #31 (GTWA #28): Philadelphia (Photo credit: Eric Fischer)

 

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“Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions: 7 Myths”

 

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120509-A-QS632-001 (Photo credit: NGB Counterdrug)

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This article appearing in Summer 2014 edition of SAMHSA News talks about the myths and facts of what happens when a child receiving mental health services turns 18 and is viewed by society as an adult.    This transition age is a challenging one not just for the individual, but for the parents and care takers of them who understand the realitiy of the individual’s situation and what their realistic abilities are compared to society’s expectations based on a chronological age.

“Montgomery County Community College program introduces mental health recovery community to college life”

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MCCC II (Photo credit: Montgomery County Planning Commission)

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This July 29, 2014 article on The times Herald website talks about a program starting in Montgomery County, PA geared towards helping people with mental health issues with their recovery by offering them an opportunity to learn and build the skills they would need to attend college classes.  They do have some requirements for participating in the program, but honestly I think it looks like it has a LOT of potential to help folks with mental health issues to be empowered and have a better chance at being able to reach beyond what can be a huge obstacle for someone who wants to further their education.

“Social Connection posts schedule”

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This July 28, 2014 Titusville Herald article includes a brief run down of events happening at the Social Connection Drop-in Center in Titusville, PA

A reminder that history repeats itself if let it

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This eBook titled “A Plea for the Insane in the Prisons and Poor-houses of Pennsylvania” By Pennsylvania. State Board of Public Welfare, was published in 1873 and has documents  about the arguments being made at that time to move people with mental illnesses out of prisons and poor houses and into state hospitals.  I haven’t finished reading it yet, but what I have read could easily be seen in today’s media as we debate over how people with mental illnesses should be treated.  At the time this book was written, state hospitals were the solution that society had come up with, but over time society decided that state hospitals were not the answer, but community based treatment was the answer.  So community based became the target treatment option, but society opted not to properly fund it or expand it so that the community based services could meet the demand.  So now society is sitting back scratching their heads completely baffled that people with mental illnesses would be ending up warehoused in jails and prisons.  There is now a trend that seems to show to me that the pendulum is swinging back in the direction of state hospitals as the answer to the problem.   I have to ask why we as a society are repeatedly making the same decisions and consistently expecting a different outcome?  I feel that state hospitals and prisons are opposite extremes when it comes to solutions, and that while both serve a purpose, neither is an adequate solution.  The bills I’m seeing proposed seem to focus on the needs and desires of the families of the mentally ill and neglect to acknowledge that the person with the illness is the one who is getting bounced around by society’s whims.  Yes, families are affected, but I also know that forced treatment is a short-term solution to a crisis …. it is NOT a long-term solution.  Assisted Outpatient Treatment is a politically correct way of candy coating forced or coerced treatment.  I strongly suggest that people look over the history of the decisions made by society before jumping on board with any of the bills being proposed.  History can teach us valuable lessons if we listen.

This book is also available in printed paperback  from Amazon by clicking this link “A Plea for the Insane in the Prisons and Poor-Houses”  (costs about $16 for the printed version at

Location map of Pennsylvania, USA

Location map of Pennsylvania, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Movie Monday – “Technology and Mental Health”

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This July 21, 2014 YouTube video, uploaded by Sherman Park talks about the impact of technology on our mental health not only our current mental health, but looking at what impact it can have on preexisting mental health conditions.

“State rep sees need to fix mental health system”

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This July 26, 2014 Daily Times News article from Delaware County, PA, talks about legislation being proposed by state Rep. Margo Davidson that, at first glance, seems to be very similar to what Rep. Tim Murphy has proposed.  Like Murphy’s bill, Davidson’s bill includes things like assisted outpatient treatment and other services for the seriously mentally ill.

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