“‘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

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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.

 

“Why the World Needs The Mentally Different”

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This April 13, 2015 article on the Momastary website offer encouragement to those of us who struggle to live in a world that often rejects us unless we agree to let the world change us to fit into their mold.

“Stairways leader deals with changes in behavioral-health landscape”

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This March 10, 2015 article on GoErie.com talks about internal changes at Stairways as they work together with Beacon Light Behavioral Health to pull their resources together in hopes that they can offer better services to those they serve.   Valarie Vicarri is the new leader at Stairways and will be reporting to Rick Saegar the CEO of Beacon Light unlike her predecessor who reported to the Stairways board of directors.  Everything is being done to reduce any impact this change has on those being served by both agencies as they grow together.

“Where Are the Mental-Health Providers?”

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This February 16, 2015 Wall Street Journal article talks about the severe shortage of mental health professionals seen nationwide, and specifically mentions efforts being made in Philadelphia to find ways to reduce the problem.

“Leonard Pitts Jr.: Mental disability is not a fad”

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This February 4, 2015 article on the Centre Daily Times website talks about President Lincoln’s struggle with what is now called Bipolar Disorder, and the responses both Lincoln and those around him had to his illness.

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth Presid...

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. Latviešu: Abrahams Linkolns, sešpadsmitais ASV prezidents. Српски / Srpski: Абрахам Линколн, шеснаести председник Сједињених Америчких Држава. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Seeks to Refurbish Mental Health Care”

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This January 21, 2015 Correctional News  article talks about more of the details of the changes being made in the Pennsylvania correctional system about the ways that mentally ill inmates are treated while they are incarcerated in Pennsylvania.  The Department of Corrections will be working closely with the PA Disability Rights Network to make sure that the changes being made are positive changes.

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