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Letter to the Editor: Mental Health

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This post is one that is very personal to me, in that I am posting a letter I wrote to the editor of the Warren Times-Observer in response to this linked article I had read on their site.

The letter is one that tries to shine a positive light on the mental health community, while also touching on a prominent myth about people with mental health issues. I also share a story about a personal encounter I had while shopping to help show how the myth impacts the mental health community.

Peace be with all who read my letter!

Jenn

“Human Trafficking Awareness for Mental Health Professionals”

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This training was presented by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center in September 2016 and is available free of charge.  It offers information for Mental Health Professionals on how to respond if they meet someone who is a victim of human trafficking.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center operates a national hotline that anyone in The United States can call if they know or even suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline
is a toll-free call anywhere in the United States

1-888-373-7888

“Pa. Corrections Workers Finish First Phase of Mental Health Training”

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This July 20, 2015 Newsworks article found on the NBC10.com website talks about the first phase of training received by a number of law enforcement officers and judges in Pennsylvania

“Wolf signs bill to require mental health training for police officers”

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This July 11, 2015 The Sentinel article talks about a bill with vague training requirements for police officers to receive training in how to identify people who have a mental illness, intellectual disability, or Autism but really doesn’t go into specifics about the depth or extent of the training required just that police offers are now required to have this training.  It is hoped that officers will be trained to work with mental health professionals as part of this training and their work in the field.

“Warren County Community Mental Health Awareness Video”

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This May 12, 2015 video by the GlarnerGroup was produced in Warren County, PA and talks about mental illness statistics surrounding it, and explaining why mental health is important and why we need to support those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.  The message in this video is very recovery oriented.

United Nations Human Rights

United Nations Human Rights

This review was made public on May 11, 2015 by the United Nations Human Rights Commission.  At first glance, it looks very dull, but pay close attention to the questions being asked by other countries (“Questions submitted in advance” and the addendum) as it pertains to Human Rights violations in the United States.

 

My question is this ….

When do we the people stand up and say enough is enough with regards to things like the brutal mistreatment of the mentally ill in jails and prisons, or racial issues or whatever other example of a human rights issue you may have in mind?  How many lives need to be lost?

United Nations Human Rights Council logo.

United Nations Human Rights Council logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“How police can avoid shooting the mentally ill”

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This August 26, 2014 CNN article talks about the ever-increasing problem that police face when dealing with a person who is mentally ill.

“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.

“Pennsylvania releases child abuse report”

Map of Pennsylvania, showing major cities and ...

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

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This June 13, 2014 LancasterOnline.com article gives some stats on the reports of abuse to the Pennsylvania Abuse Hotline.

“Hoarders cause piles of trouble at fires”

 

English: The building in Pittsburgh.

English: The building in Pittsburgh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This March 30, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the dangers posed to first responders when a call goes out for them to fight a fire or respond for any type of emergency when the call involves the home of a person who hoards items.

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