“Kids with mental illness forced to wait for care”

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This October 2, 2016 article by Ross Jones and found on the WXYZ Detroit website talks about the extremely long waits faced by children who end up being boarded until a bed is available.  boarding means they can stay at the hospital but will not receive treatment while they wait for a pediatric psychiatric bed to become available. Boarding of mental health patients is more common than the boarding of physical health patients, and often lasts longer for mental health patients than it does for a physical health patient as well.

 

“Michelle Obama takes stand on mental health in compelling op-ed”

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This February 17, 2016 article talks about First Lady, Michelle Obama’s stance on Mental Health Care in the United States.

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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“Pennsylvania lawmakers to reconvene, budget status unclear”

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This January 5, 2016 article indicates that the House and Senate are in session and are said to be planning on working on the state budget.  A spokesperson for Governor Wolf indicates that the Governor won’t be in the budget meetings with the house or senate at this time.

To those who are celebrating ….

I would like to take a moment to wish those who are celebrating it, Merry Christmas.  May you and everyone you meet on this joyous occasion be filled with compassion, hope, and an understanding that sometimes it’s the things that money can’t buy that are the most valuable gifts we can give or receive.  Spending time with friends, family, or even complete strangers can offer memories about the time spent with them that last a lifetime.

Please be safe if you are traveling, and for those who have much try not to forget that not everyone is as blessed as you may be and that sometime the greatest gift you can give yourself not only today but everyday through every year is the warmth you feel when you’ve found a way to help someone with something they aren’t able to help themselves with but are in desperate need of whatever “it” is whether it be food, shelter, clothing, hygiene items, diapers for a little one, feminine hygiene items or whatever need a person who is struggling may have that you are able to meet, the recipient isn’t the only one who gets a gift the giver also gets a little something that money can’t buy and that they didn’t have before they took a moment to bless someone else.  Compassion, hope, and kindness are all contagious and can be a matter of life or death to the recipient.

May you be the blessing of hope, compassion, joy, and peace to others that goes beyond what words can describe…. that is the greatest gift any of us can give to any other person.

“Stop The Madness”

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This Huffington Post Highline article by Johnathan Cohan talks about new ways to treat Schizophrenia that don’t include turning the person into a “zombie”, but offer them the possibility of recovery instead.

“The Myth of the ‘Autistic Shooter’”

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This October 12, 2015 New York Times Article by Andrew Solomon talks about the problems involved with claiming a shooter did what they did because of Autism or mental illness.

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