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“‘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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“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.

“State prison system making changes to deal with mentally ill”

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This December 7, 2014 article found on the Philly.com website talks about changes that are being made in Pennsylvania with regards to how mentally ill inmates are treated in the prison system

English: Concertina razor wire at a prison

English: Concertina razor wire at a prison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Stigma: Breaking the cycle of mental health perception”

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This November 2, 2014 Herald-Standard article talks about breaking the common perceptions of mental health issues and includes a video about a couple of people and their history, accomplishments, and goals.

“A short film about Mental Wellness through Peer Support” [Video]

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This video was uploaded to YouTube on February 5, 2012 by Martin Haythorne and offers some thoughts on how something as simple as having a cup of tea with friends in the middle of nowhere can be a form of Peer Support that promotes mental wellness and recovery.

“Patients With Severe Mental Illness Find Supportive Community On YouTube”

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This October 18, 2014 article on the Medical Research and News: MedicalResearch.com  website  contains an interview about recent research that seems to be showing that people with serious mental illnesses have found a sense of community through YouTube where they share experiences about their lives with mental illnesses.  The study is said to be exploratory and the researchers feel more studies need to be done to see if social media sites like YouTube could be a way to encourage peer support among those with serious mental illness.

“Showing Up for Recovery ” (Video)

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This video was uploaded to YouTube by Dr. Pat Deegan on February 9, 2012 and offers a message of hope for recovery while reminding us that medication isn’t a cure for mental illness but rather a tool to aid us in our recovery journey.

Español: Logo Vectorial de YouTube

Español: Logo Vectorial de YouTube (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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