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“Bullying adversely affects children in later life more than being maltreated, according to new research from the University of Warwick.”

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This University of Warwick article dated April 28, 2015, and found on the Science Daily website talks about a study involving data on just over 1,000 kids that looked at the effects of maltreatment by adults and/or peers and what kinds of mental health issues these kids had when they reached age 18.

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Upcoming Training: “Psychological First Aid”

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This course is being offered free-of-charge on Coursera.org.  The instructor for the course is from Johns Hopkins.

I have not taken this particular course, but it is one I just signed up for and thought I would share a link to it here in case anyone is interested in learned how to respond when they meet someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  I have taken other courses through Coursera, and found them to be worth the time it took to take part.

This Psychological First aid course is a 6 week course requiring 1 – 3 hours of time per week

Dates: May 18, 2015 through June 27, 2015

If you complete the course with a grade of 70% or higher you will receive a certificate of completion.

The course is for people wanting to help someone else who is in crisis and is not appropriate if you are someone seeking help due to crisis.

 

Resource

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This resource, ActiveMinds.org,  is one that is working to reduce stigma about mental illness and increase awareness of mental health issues through a variety of educational outreach efforts.

“Horse therapy treatments for mental health issues”

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This April 24, 2015 St. Louis Fox2Now article talks about the therapeutic benefits of using horses in mental health therapy sessions.

“Can an Energy Drink Cause Mental Illness Symptoms?”

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This April 20, 2015 Healthy Place blog post talks about the potential that heavy use of beverages containing high amounts of stimulants could trigger mania or psychosis.

“Pa. Medicaid enrollees being transferred into new benefits program”

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This April 24, 2015 Morning Call article talks about the changes that are happening now with Medicaid in Pennsylvania as the Wolf administration makes changes to simplify the Medicaid program implemented under the Corbett Administration.

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“Mary Cenia Kohut”

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This link will take you to a fundraiser page on Gofund.  The funds are needed so that Mary Kohut who has been a fierce advocate for the mental health community here in Pennsylvania can have a comfortable hospital bed.  She has been diagnosed with ALS and spends her time either in a wheelchair or in bed.  She has been involved with PMHCA and I would encourage others to help her even if it is $5 contribution, every bit raised will go to help Mary be more comfortable during whatever time she has left.

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