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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

“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.

“Being the First Person on the Scene of a Mental Health Crisis”

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This April 21, 2015 article on the Drexel Now website talks about training being offered to staff at Drexel University based on the International Mental Health First-aid program to help staff find and refer students who are experiencing a mental health crisis to the proper resources to meet their needs.

“”We All Have Problems” – Mental Health Awareness Ad “

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This video was uploaded to YouTube on March 14, 2012 by AndyTerryJay and is one I felt was very thought-provoking about not only what it can be like for someone with a mental illness, but also offered suggestions for dealing with it while encouraging openness about mental illness

“Mental health care: How do you begin helping a loved one with severe mental illness?”

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This January 25, 2013 article on the Patriot-News website offers tips for family members who may be concerned about the possibility that someone in the family may have a serious mental illness.  It offers ideas on how to approach the issue, who should approach the person, and suggestions on where family members can turn for guidance.

 

“Behavioral Health Coverage Parity Delayed by Lack of Federal Rules”

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This December 2, 2012 article on the Gant Daily website talks about the issue of Mental Health Parity being a law, but that it is unsupported by any rules explaining what should or shouldn’t be required to be covered by mental health insurance coverage.

“Clues to ‘Slacker’ Behavior Found in Brain, Study Says”

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This article on Philly.com dated May 2, 2012 talks about a possible connection between where dopamine goes in the human brain in contrast between the go-getters of the world and the slackers.  The data isn’t enough to come up with a solid finding or to begin looking at what can be done to treat this problem, but it seems to be a first step of sorts in proving there is something measurable occurring in the minds of folks with ADHD that isn’t occurring in the minds of folks without ADHD.

“Bethlehem Township mental health center appeal dropped”

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This article dated January 25, 2012 found on WFMZ-TV News website, indicates that an appeal to build an 8 bed acute treatment facility in Bethlehem, PA has been “withdrawn without prejudice”.

Another post I did before about this proposed center can be found by clicking here

“Help for your mental health”

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This article dated January 23, 20 12 and found on the CentreDaily.com website offers ideas of potential places to look for low-cost outpatient mental health treatment.  It isn’t specific to Pennsylvania, but many of the places I saw listed I know exist here in PA so I thought it was one that could be helpful.

“Dr. Mark Salerno Is Living Proof That It’s Possible to Overcome Mental Illness”

 

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This article found on the Phoenix News website on December 22, 2011, isn’t specific to Pennsylvania, but it is a story of recovery from mental illness by Dr. Mark Salerno, and some events of his story did take place in Pennsylvania, so there is a slight connection to here, but I mostly felt it was a really good article conveying hope, and offering encouragement.  Recovery doesn’t have an ending, but is a continuous journey this man’s journey is one that demonstrates that mental illness knows no boundaries when it comes to education or profession, but also demonstrates it is possible to reach beyond the struggles and be more than a diagnosis.

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