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“Housing, not asylums”

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This March 24, 2015 article found on the Philly.com website talks about the idea that providing safe affordable housing with appropriate supportive services could reduce homelessness and incarceration rates among those with mental health issues who have found themselves either incarcerated or homeless .. or both.

“Student groups serve as resources for mental health”

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This March 24, 2015 article on the Daily Pennsylvanian talks about ways that students are grappling with the question of how to make a long-lasting difference in how mental health is viewed, discussed and treated on campus.

“It’s official: Ceremony for Mocha, others in May”

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This March 22, 2015 Finger Lake Times article talks about a victory for a group that has worked to get recognition for not only the work that Mr. Mocha did as a gravedigger during his time at Willard State Hospital in New York, but to also offer some respect for other patients buried there as well.  This has been an ongoing uphill struggle for this group, but they have made some progress, and Mr. Mocha who dug 1,500 graves and wasn’t paid for his work will now get some recognition and be given the respect he and the other patients buried there deserve but until now hadn’t gotten.

“Blocking the Paths to Suicide”

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This March 9, 2015 article found on the New York Times website talks about simple yet effective ways proven to prevent or reduce the risk of suicide.

“President Obama Has Elevated The Conversation About Mental Health To The National Stage”

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This March 13, 2015 ThinkProgress article talks about President and Mrs. Obama are taking mental health awareness to the national platform.

“Mental health coverage unequal in many Obamacare plans”

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This March 9, 2015 Article on the USA Today website talks about the inequalities seen in insurance coverage for mental health issues as it compares to the greater coverage offered for physical health care.

“Stairways leader deals with changes in behavioral-health landscape”

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This March 10, 2015 article on GoErie.com talks about internal changes at Stairways as they work together with Beacon Light Behavioral Health to pull their resources together in hopes that they can offer better services to those they serve.   Valarie Vicarri is the new leader at Stairways and will be reporting to Rick Saegar the CEO of Beacon Light unlike her predecessor who reported to the Stairways board of directors.  Everything is being done to reduce any impact this change has on those being served by both agencies as they grow together.

“Depression puts low-income population at even greater risk for obesity and poor nutrition”

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This March 10, 2015 Science Daily article talks about ongoing research that could be showing that treating the mental health issues of low-income people may help decrease obesity rates among this population.  The study paid close attention to low-income African-Americans in 2 separate Pittsburgh neighborhoods to see if there was any patterns to be uncovered.

“For Young People In Rural Areas, Suicide Poses A Growing Threat”

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This March 9, 2015 NPR Shots article talks about the how 51% of suicides in rural area involve guns.  The article doesn’t suggest taking guns away, but suggests that people who own them take time to secure their guns in a safe way that will limit access to them by people who could be at risk.  It was felt that safely securing firearms and limiting access to them could reduce suicide rates in rural areas by between 30% and 50% of the current rural suicide rate.

“Pa. Medicaid expansion switch to be done by September”

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This March 5, 2015 The Inquirer article found on the Philly.com website talks about the hope that Medicaid Expansion in Pennsylvania using the Federal expansion plan will be completed in September of this year.  This will be a multiphase process with the expectation that phase one will be completed in April.

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