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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.

“Mental health hotline to centralize resources”

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This December 2, 2014 article on The Daily Pennsylvanian website talks about a new hotline that has been setup by the Division of Public Safety  for Penn students to call if they are in need of mental health assistance.  The number doesn’t replace existing services, but rather simplifies things in that students will have one number they can call 24 hours a day if they need help rather than needing to call one of two numbers based on whether they are calling within or outside of regular business hours for CAP.  The article points out that this number does not replace CAP services, but rather is meant to be an extension of the services provided by CAP.  The numbers for Penn students in crisis to call are included with the article.

“Hiding from yourself: the struggle to open up about mental illness”

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This April 27, 2014 article on The Daily Pennsylvanian website talks about the openness that is starting to be seen on Penn campus after a series of 5 suicides on campus.  The students are beginning to talk about mental illness and how it affects them personally.  This article offers experiences of several people on the Penn Campus.

English: Image for mental health stubs, uses t...

English: Image for mental health stubs, uses two psych images – psychiatry (medicine) and psychology (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Penn Researchers Show Relationship With Working Dogs Protect Handlers From PTSD”

A search and rescue dog at the World Trade Cen...

A search and rescue dog at the World Trade Center site after the attacks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This October 4, 2012 article on the University of Pennsylvania website talks about a 3 year study done that looked at the rate and severity of PTSD in working dogs and their handlers who were deployed on 9/11 to see how they compared to other first-responders who were not teamed with working dogs.  The study looked specifically at search and rescue dogs and their handlers, and the finding seems to show that the search and rescue teams of working dog and a handler, seemed to fare better than other first responders also deployed on 9/11.  It was an interesting article and worth looking at if you have an interest in working dogs and the relationship between them and their handler.

“Mental health services victim of state cuts”

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This September 17, 2012 article on the StandardSpeaker.com website talks about what types of programs are at the highest risk since the budget cuts.

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