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“Recovery Works Summit 2016”

Resource Link   (Summit Exhibitor link)

Upcoming Recovery Works Summit 2016 the above link takes you to the site containing all the nitty-gritty details.

The Summit is to be held…

Sept. 27, 2016 in Harrisburg, PA

Click here for more details

“Spirituality and Mental Health”

The social self.

The social self. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This January 5, 2016 article by Danielle Nelson on the Jamaica Observer website talks about the struggles between Spirituality and Mental Health because of the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

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

Link to: WTO06122015C01 (pdf format)

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

“Latest treatment for mental illness: Better sleep”

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This May 31, 2015 article on the Philly.com website talks about research that points to better sleep as a potentially good treatment for mental illness.

“Lets Talk About It. Mental Illness”

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This May 12, 2015 video uploaded by the GlarnerGroup, talks about why words matter when not only discussing mental illnesses, but also when talking to or about those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Upcoming Training: “Psychological First Aid”

Course Link

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.

 

“The Power of Pets”

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This November 9, 2010 Esperanza article talks about the healing and supportive nature that pets can have on people with mental illnesses.

“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.

“Satcher-Kennedy: How to fix mental health system”

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This February 4, 2015 USA Today article talks about 4 changes that could improve the way that people with mental illnesses are treated and viewed.

English: 1857 lithograph by Armand Gautier, sh...

English: 1857 lithograph by Armand Gautier, showing personifications of dementia, megalomania, acute mania, melancholia, idiocy, hallucination, erotic mania and paralysis in the gardens of the Hospice de la Salpêtrière. Reprinted in Madness: A Brief History (ISBN 978-0192802668), from which this version is taken. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Asylum for the severely mentally ill”

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High Royds solitary confinement – geograph.org.uk – 1047059 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Asylum for the severely mentally ill.

This undated audio segment found on the WHYY – Voices In The Family, talks about the issues surrounding the treatment of people with mental illnesses describing how state hospitals have been run in the past, the closure of many of them, and the result of poor funding of community based services which has resulted in an influx of people with mental illnesses ending up in jails and prisons where they are often heavily medicated or placed in solitary confinement for long periods of time.   There is a link within the description of the segment pointing to an article on the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care Bring Back the Asylum” is a freely accessible publication and is the article that the interview in this segment is based on.

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