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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

“July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month”

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This June 30, 2015 Huff Post article talks about July being Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“First Friday Brings Community Together to Support Mental Health”

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This May 2, 2015 State College article talks about their community event called “First Friday” that was held recently to try to use art and music to bring the community together and offer opportunities for the awareness of the need to discuss mental health issues and not trying to sweep them under the rug to be brought to the forefront.  There was a tour, of 40 businesses as well as a presentation at the end of the tour.

“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.

“‘The Biggest Barrier’ To Preventing Suicide: Not Talking About It”

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This February 5, 2015 WBUR: Common Health article talks about how silence fuels the stigma surrounding suicide.

“Mental wellness warriors: Fighting for those who need it most”

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This January 16, 2015 Gant Daily article talks about people who are sharing their lived experience with mental illness and doing what they can to help fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

“Mind Your Health: Mental health first aid gaining momentum”

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This November 4, 2014 article on the DailyLocal.com website talks about a program in Chester County designed to teach people about Mental Health First Aid and has information about where to go to get this training and get certified in Chester County.

Seal of Chester County, Pennsylvania

Seal of Chester County, Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Get Help During Recovery Month”

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This September 5, 2014 InsuranceNews.Net article talks about events in York County, PA this month being held to celebrate Recovery Month

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Herschel Walker continues advocacy to reduce mental health stigma”

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This June 13, 2014 article on the Florida Times-Union website talks about former NFL player Herschel Walker’s efforts to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Cropped photo of Herschel Walker at PE4LIFE Da...

Cropped photo of Herschel Walker at PE4LIFE Day 2004, sponsored by Congressman John E. Peterson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Fábregas: Bridge jumper to share his healing at mental illness conference”

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This March 28, 2014 article talks about the passion for helping others seen in one of a handful of people to survive jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.  His passion is to reach out to those in their 20’s to encourage them to seek help if they are feeling suicidal or otherwise in need of mental health treatment.

Suicide prevention message on the Golden Gate ...

Suicide prevention message on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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