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“Pa. DOC meets aggressive goal for mental health training”

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This June 23, 2015 CorrectionsOne.com article talks about the Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections meeting their goal of achieving an aggressive goal to carry out more mental health training to correction staff.

“Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies”

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This June 25, 2015 New York Times article talks about the supreme court ruling upholding the subsidies to low and middle class people for healthcare insurance.

“SCOTUS Decision in FHA Case Reinforces Critical Tool To Address Housing Discrimination”

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This June 25, 2015 Human Rights Campaign blog post talks about a recent Supreme Court ruling on the legality of lawsuits on systemic discrimination and housing.  The ruling upholds the protections offered by the Fair Housing Act.

“Philly mental health community reflects on Byberry state hospital closure 25 years later “

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This June 22, 2015 article on the NewsWorks website talks about the need to commemorate the people who suffered at Philadelphia State Hospital or “Byberry” as it is often called.  The article also points out that people with mental health issues generally do better when they can receive services in the community instead of being placed in a large institution.  The article also indicates that by nature, large institutions sacrifice the humanity of the people placed there in exchange for efficiency of the work.

“Murphy’s bill to overhaul mental health system stirs debate”

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This June 17, 2015 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about the ongoing controversy surrounding Rep. Tim Murphy’s reformed, mental health reform bill.

“Poor Health as Teen, Poor Job Prospects Later, Study Suggests”

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This June 22, 2015 Healthy Place article found on the Philly.com website talks about the life-long impact that poor physical and/or mental health in teens can have with regards to their ability to further their education or seek and keep employment.

“the semicolon project “

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This June 18, 2015 post on the “HPWRITESBLOG” talks about the semicolon project that aims to help those struggling with anxiety, depression, self-harm or suicidal tendencies.

“What Is Juneteenth? 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know About Our Independence Day”

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A bit of history for you in this post, it talks about Juneteenth that is a celebration of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery in the United States.  Juneteenth is not a federal holiday, but it is recognized by 43 states including Pennsylvania.

here is a link to another resource on Juneteenth

Photograph of a reproduction of the Emancipati...

Photograph of a reproduction of the Emancipation Proclamation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males”

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This June 18, 2015 article on the SALON website, talks about the many ways that those with mental health issues are losing more and more rights because non-mentally ill people assume myths are facts.  Those who have followed my blog for some time probably have realized I generally don’t do many posts about anything having to do with crimes that the media has decided were the result of mental illness, but this article really hit home as it described how those with mental illnesses are scapegoats and are in many ways being thrown under the bus  as opposed to being treated with the same dignity or respect that non-mentally ill people enjoy.  I have felt for some time that when it comes to a court of law, involving any kind of violent act, that the court should focus on whether the evidence says the accused could have committed the crime or not, and that mental health issues need to be an after thought with evaluations used to help decide what services the person needs whether they are incarcerated or not.  I have never seen media make diabetes the focus of a court case I also have never seen the media make cancer a focus of the court case when a violent act was committed.  So since I have been told for many years that “just like a diabetic has to take insulin for the rest of their life, I will have to take medication for my mental illness for the rest of my life” doesn’t it seem fair to say that ‘just like a person with a mental illness stands trial based on their illness, then so should the person with diabetes stand trial based on their diabetes’.  As for those of you thinking that it makes no sense to try someone who committed a violent crime based on their diagnosis of diabetes, why would you assume it’s OK to do just that when it is a person diagnosed with a mental illness?  both are illnesses and both need treatment, but only those with diabetes are allowed to be treated as a person and not an illness by society.

“‘Peer Support’ Local mental health consumers are helping each other”

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The article on Peer Support available through the above link, appeared in the Warren Times Observer on June 12, 2015. The article talks about a variety of Peer programs found at Beacon Light Behavioral Health in Warren, PA.  I felt the article gave a really good representation of some of the changes being seen in Warren County with regards to mental health treatment.

The pdf file was provided to me by Diane Paddock who wrote the piece for the Warren Times Observer, and shared here with her permission. The Warren Times Observer website is located at http://timesobserver.com

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