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““Housing First” Helps Keep Ex-Inmates Off the Streets (and Out of Prison)”

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This July 23, 2014 Next City article talks about how something as basic as safe affordable housing can mean the difference between success and failure for a person who has been released from jail or prison. The article points out that someone released from prison who ends up on the streets is in an all out survival mode that makes it difficult for them to even think about continuing things like mental health treatment, or finding a job, because the people are so focused on things like trying to figure out where their next meal will come from.

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English: Affordable Housing Project – Fareham Finally finished development of shared equity/ affordable housing at the corner of West St and Trinity St. Fareham. Very conveniently situated right in the town centre.1094008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Corbett care plan no longer cuts aid for disabled”

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This July 24, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the ongoing negotiations between the Corbett administration and the federal government over Corbett’s alternative to medicaid expansion.  The article indicates that workers with disabilities who receive MAWD will continue to receive coverage at this point and that for now the threat of losing that medical coverage has been lifted.

“Postpartum Depression Risk Reduced By Epidural Analgesia”

 

Baby on mother's belly right after birth, skin...

Baby on mother’s belly right after birth, skin covered in vernix and some blood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This July 23, 2014 MedicalResearch.com article talks about research that seems to indicate that a woman who has an epidural while giving birth may have a decreased risk of postpartum depression, compared to women who give birth without an epidural.

 

“It’s time to stop calling them alcoholics and addicts”

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This July 21, 2014 TimesOnline Editorial piece talks about person first language as it pertains to people with substance abuse disorders.

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English: Yokosuka, Japan (Sept. 22, 2005) – Sailors discuss the Navy Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program at the 3rd annual USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Health Fair. The health fair gave Yokosuka Sailors an opportunity to learn about making healthy lifestyle choices and it also educated them on fitness resources at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Tucker M. Yates (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

“Exercise may help counter health risks of sedentary lifestyle”

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This July 17, 2014 MyFoxPhilly.com article talks about how being more active and less of a couch potato could counteract the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

“Gene Discoveries Could Shed New Light on Schizophrenia”

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This July 22, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about recent findings that there are about 83 sites on chromosome that are linked to Schizophrenia.

Embroidered Schizophrenia

Embroidered Schizophrenia (Photo credit: cometstarmoon)

“‘A Serious Epidemic’ — Mentally Ill Speak Of Struggles”

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This July 20, 2014 InsuranceNewsNet.com article focuses on Alabama, but talks about an issue that is seen across the country.  The issue of employment among those with serious mental illnesses.  Studies have shown many want to work, but find it impossible to do so because of a lack of effective supports and other factors.

“Why more help is needed for depressed, postpartum parents”

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This July 17, 2014 Philly.com article talks about the need for increased help for those suffering from Postpartum Depression.

Baby on mother's belly right after birth, skin...

Baby on mother’s belly right after birth, skin covered in vernix and some blood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“U.S. star goalie Tim Howard puts name on Tourette syndrome ‘leadership academy'”

 

 

Tim Howard during USMNT practice session

Tim Howard during USMNT practice session (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This July 18, 2014 Philly region NewsWorks article talks about United States  Star Goalie Tim Howard who has Tourette Syndrome, but uses his fame as a goalie to help educate others about the disorder by allowing himself to be seen in front of 40,000 people playing soccer despite the tics he has as a result of having Tourette’s Syndrome.  He also helps with a foundation for helping kids who have been diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome to learn to shine despite their diagnosis.  He wants people to know that just because you have Tourette Syndrome, it doesn’t mean you won’t ever be able to drive or do the things others do.

*Side Note*

I would like to note that I do understand that Tourette Syndrome is not a Mental illness but is a neurological disorder.  I do however know that it is possible for someone with Tourette Syndrome to have a comorbid mental illness, and it is because of the idea that it is possible for someone with Tourette’s to also have a mental illness that I felt this article was a good one to share here.  My other line of thinking is that I found the piece to be a bit of an inspiration not because I have Tourette’s,, but because it offered a view of someone who overcame something that easily could have been used as a reason to give up.  I commend Tim Howard for his success and hope that others will view this as a way that one man used a sport he loved as a way to help him educate others and hopefully inspire others along the way.  I have known a couple of people who have Tourette’s Syndrome, and I know that for them it can be very frustrating for them when their tics are in overdrive.  Once I realized what was happening with regards to their tics, I was able to look beyond the tics and see a couple awesome people beyond the tics.  Which for me was a lesson in getting to know someone as a person and not focusing on their illness, deformity, or disability.  I don’t know what if any other diagnosis Tim Howard has, but I do know that he is on the right track with regards to helping others understand Tourette’s Syndrome a little better.

 

 

“As state mental institutions close, the final resting places for many patients are forgotten”

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This July 17, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about what is happening to the cemeteries that were once part of now closed state hospitals where the remains of patients who lived and died at the hospital were laid to rest.

The Fairfield State Hospital is a huge place t...

The Fairfield State Hospital is a huge place that was built 1933 to house the insane patients overflowing from two other state hospitals in Connecticut. The place is as big as a Ive League School. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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