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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

“Michelle Obama takes stand on mental health in compelling op-ed”

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This February 17, 2016 article talks about First Lady, Michelle Obama’s stance on Mental Health Care in the United States.

“Gun Violence: Is Obama Right to Cite Mental Illness?”

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This January 17, 2016, Newsweek article By Paul Appelbaum and Jeffrey Lieberman, talks about the reasons that connecting mental health reform to gun reform is a bad idea.

“Spirituality and Mental Health”

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The social self. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This January 5, 2016 article by Danielle Nelson on the Jamaica Observer website talks about the struggles between Spirituality and Mental Health because of the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

“Lets Talk About It. Mental Illness”

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This May 12, 2015 video uploaded by the GlarnerGroup, talks about why words matter when not only discussing mental illnesses, but also when talking to or about those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

“May will be Mental Health Awareness month in Cumberland County”

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This April 28, 2015 Cumberlink article on The Sentinal’s website talks about upcoming events planned during the month of May for Mental Health Awareness Month in Cumberland County.

“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.

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This resource, ActiveMinds.org,  is one that is working to reduce stigma about mental illness and increase awareness of mental health issues through a variety of educational outreach efforts.

“As PTSD cases surge, Army overhauling mental health services”

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This April 11, 2015 article found on the Seattle Times website talks about efforts being made to not only reduce the stigma that soldiers face with regards to seeking mental health care, but also attempting to learn from what has worked or not worked throughout the war in Iraq when it comes to how to better treat combat related stress disorders more effectively.

“Pennsylvania Lawmakers Tackle Mental Health Stigma “

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This April 2, 2015 WESA – Pittsburgh NPR article talks about what lawmakers in Pennsylvania are realizing about the impact stigma has on the lives of people with mental health issues.

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