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“Simulation helps Mercyhurst students understand mental illness”

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This August 30, 2014 article on GoErie.com is about a group of Mercyhurst Students that went through Pat Deegan’s training called “Hearing Voices”.  The article includes quotes of the students’ views about the simulation.

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“Mental Health Days Should Require a Doctor’s Note”

This August 29, 2014 Liberty Voice article talks about one step that could help with the battle to decrease the stigma often attached to mental illness.  A simple solution of employers requiring a doctor’s note for mental health days the same as they would require a note from a doctor for a sick day taken because of a physical illness or injury.  The idea being that if employers treat mental and physical illness absences equally then it’s possible that other people who may not view mental and physical health equally may begin to also do the same.  While there doesn’t seem to be any research backing the idea, I do feel that it is something that could be helpful over time.

 

“Mental health stigma hasn’t gone away”

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This August 28, 2014 article on The Guardian website talks about various types of stigma surrounding mental illness and points out that not every solution to preventing or decreasing stigma will work on every type of stigma.

English: 1857 lithograph by Armand Gautier, sh...

English: 1857 lithograph by Armand Gautier, showing personifications of dementia, megalomania, acute mania, melancholia, idiocy, hallucination, erotic mania and paralysis in the gardens of the Hospice de la Salpêtrière. Reprinted in Madness: A Brief History (ISBN 978-0192802668), from which this version is taken. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier”

Child nose

Child nose (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This August 28, 2014 NPR: Shots article talks about the dangers of losing one’s sense of smell.  I honestly had never really thought about this until I spotted this article and while it isn’t a mental health specific article, it doesn’t take much for me to assume that a fire in the kitchen that wasn’t noticed until it got out of control because the person cooking couldn’t smell the smoke could also have an impact on their mental health depending on how great the loss was from the fire.  Also the possibility of unknowingly eating spoiled food and getting sick as a result is something that I imagine could impact a person’s mental health.  So indirectly the subject of this article could have some form of mental health impact depending on what the result of the person missed an important odor was.

“Pennsylvania becomes 27th state to expand Medicaid”

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This August 29, 2014 article found on GoErie.com talks about Pennsylvania’s adoption of medicaid expansion due in part to pressure from advocacy groups for the poor in the state pressuring the Governor to expand coverage.

Map of Pennsylvania, showing major cities and ...

Map of Pennsylvania, showing major cities and roads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“New Coalition Aims to Help Prevent Misuse, Abuse and Diversion of ADHD Medications”

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This August 28, 2014 PR Newswire article talks about a newly formed coalition in Pennsylvania aimed at not only better understanding why ADHD medications get misused or redirected for non-

English: Symptoms of ADHD described by the lit...

English: Symptoms of ADHD described by the literature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

medical purposes, but also to attempt to make it more difficult for these medications to be misused or diverted in the college setting.

“The Benefit Of EHRs To The Prison System”

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This August 28, 2014 Business Solutions article talks about less obvious reasons why electronic health records could be beneficial in the corrections system.

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