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“More than 1 million in US face food stamps cutoff”

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This February 2, 2016 article on the World Socialist Web Site (wsws.org) talks about an impending cut to food stamps that will affect millions of low-income people in the United States unless Congress does something to stop it.

 

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“Local Produce for Local Food Banks”

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This July 16, 2015 segment on the WNEP-16 News Station talks about how the delay in passing a state budget is impacting a program for connecting farmers with food banks to not only make fresh produce more readily available, but to decrease waste of said produce by decreasing the amount of transporting involved in getting produce to food banks.

I do realize this isn’t exactly a mental health issue, but for the people who rely on help from food banks, having reliable access to food and not worrying as much about where their next meal is coming from can have an impact on their mental health and whether they are able to have the nutrients needed to keep going despite their financial struggles as they try to overcome their situations.

“Pa. to eliminate asset test for food stamps”

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This April 21, 2015 article on the Philly.com website talks about a change coming to the SNAP (Food stamp) program.  It has been said in this article that as of Monday the asset test is being removed from the SNAP program.

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English: Logo of the . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Depression puts low-income population at even greater risk for obesity and poor nutrition”

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This March 10, 2015 Science Daily article talks about ongoing research that could be showing that treating the mental health issues of low-income people may help decrease obesity rates among this population.  The study paid close attention to low-income African-Americans in 2 separate Pittsburgh neighborhoods to see if there was any patterns to be uncovered.

“Tiny Homes for the Homeless an Occupy Madison Project”

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This November 13, 2014 article on the Revolution-News.com website talks about a project in progress in Madison, Wisconsin  to help people who are homeless have a safe, clean, and warm place to sleep.

Not Pennsylvania or mental health specific, but considering that a high number of the homeless population has some form of mental illness, I felt like this was worth posting, because it might give others ideas on how they can help those who are homeless also.

“This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music.”

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This September 10, 2014 NPR article talks about a small study that shows there could be more benefit to kids learning a musical instrument then what we realize.  The article says that the study was small so it wasn’t large enough to draw any solid conclusions, but that the results do seem to point to a better understanding of language among kids who learned to play an instrument.

English: Txun Txun, chordophone musical instru...

English: Txun Txun, chordophone musical instrument from Basque Country Català: Txun txun; instrument cordòfon del País Basc (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity”

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This July 14, 2014 WESA 90.5 NPR segment talks about the stress that is brought on by poverty

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stressed and worried (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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