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“Smoking Not ‘Lesser Evil’ in Mental Health Treatment Settings”

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This November 24, 2014 NBC article talks about the problems with the belief by many in the mental health and addiction communities where they think that smoking is better than doing drugs or somehow helps people cope.  the article offers some information about the number of hospitalizations and difficulty managing symptoms of mental illness among those who smoke.

“Cartoons Prove That ‘Helpful Advice’ For People With Mental Health Problems Often Isn’t Very Helpful At All”

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This November 14, 2014 Huffington Post UK article demonstrates how the “advice” often offer to people with mental health issues sounds when applied to physical health issues, definitely offers something for us all to consider before offering advice to someone with any sort of illness.

“Should Mental Health Workers Look At Our Facebook Page?”

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This November 23, 2014 blog post by Pat Deegan on her blog talks about online privacy and when to draw a line and not allow someone to view your posts in places such as Facebook or other social media.  She offers some great examples including but not limited to asking what if someone were in recovery from addiction and their therapist wanted to see their posts to make sure the person isn’t drinking or doing drugs again.  She also offered other examples and explained her thoughts on why this should be avoided.

“In talking about mental health, ‘people-first’ terminology eases stigma”

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This November 22, 2014 Providence Journal article talks about why person first language is important to all of us, and the dangers of referring to someone by their illness as opposed to referring to them as a person.

Money Monday: “Holiday scams: 6 more to avoid”

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This November 22, 2014 US News article talks about 6 common holiday scams and what you can do to avoid them.

“Tension over healthcare between Corbett and Wolf”

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This November 22, 2014 The Sentinel article on CumberLink.com talks about the growing tension between Governor Corbett and Governor Tom Wolf as they battle over Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania.

I have to wonder what kind of impact this power struggle will have on the people who would benefit from Medicaid as the political powerhouses duke it out on Capitol Hill

“Mental health training aids police, first responders”

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This November 20, 2014 Public Opinion article talks about training being received by first responders in Franklin and Fulton Counties in South-Central Pennsylvania to help them respond more effectively to people with mental health issues or who have an intellectual disability.

English: Pennsylvania county map

English: Pennsylvania county map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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