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

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“PA Coalition Supporting Insurance Parity Will Hold Press Conference to Announce Introduction of Bill to Enforce Federal Law”

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This June 10, 2016  article talks about a gathering in Harrisburg, PA to be held on June 13, 2016 on the Capital Rotunda where State Representative Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery County) will be joined by providers, family members and mental health Consumers to advocate for a bill being introduced to better enforce the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 here in Pennsylvania.

“‘Play This Video Game And Call Me In The Morning'”

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This August 17, 2015 WESA Pittsburgh NPR segment talks about studies being done to see if there is a way to utilize video game technology to help with treating mental health issues such as ADHD or Depression.  The idea of using games to treat mental health disorders could be a reality … it just seems that it may take some time for policies and approval rates to catch up to the technology.

“44% Of U.S. Population Lives In An Area With Psychiatry Shortage”

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This August 16, 2015 OpenMinds article talks about the shortage of mental health professionals across the country and offers some stats that help put the shortage into perspective.

“Dozens of Businesses Take ‘Time’ to Support Mental Health Awareness Campaign “

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This April 29, 2015 State College article not only reminds us to stop and take a deep breath once in a while, but also talks about various projects for raising awareness about mental health issues and the stigma that often faced by the people who struggle with them.

“Horse therapy treatments for mental health issues”

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This April 24, 2015 St. Louis Fox2Now article talks about the therapeutic benefits of using horses in mental health therapy sessions.

“Can an Energy Drink Cause Mental Illness Symptoms?”

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This April 20, 2015 Healthy Place blog post talks about the potential that heavy use of beverages containing high amounts of stimulants could trigger mania or psychosis.

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