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“Students question mental health task force recommendations”

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This February 18, 2015 article on The Daily Pennsylvanian website talks about students’ response to the recommendations by Penn University on mental health on campus.

“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.

“More Sleep Reduces Suicide Risk in Those with Insomnia, According to Penn Medicine Study”

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Insomnia smiley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This May 31, 2013 article found on the HealthCanal website talks about findings that show people who get more sleep are at a decreased risk of suicide compared to those with insomnia who get less than adequate sleep.

“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.

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