mental-health-issues

Pa. Rep. Schlossberg among lawmakers at White House summit on mental health issues

BY: - October 3, 2022

The meeting focused on efforts to advance mental health care and substance abuse aid.

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Anxiety, depression diagnoses spiked for Pa. kids during pandemic | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 11, 2022

The increase slightly outpaced the national rate, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Memorize the 988 hotline number. You’ll save a life | Opinion

BY: - July 28, 2022

It should be as important as your Social Security number or your phone number.

Direct service providers rally for more money in the 2022-23 state budget at the Pennsylvania state Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Lehigh Valley Dem keeping up budget push for $100M mental health program

BY: - July 7, 2022

Rep. Mike Schlossberg, who's been public with his own mental health battles, says he wants to 'move the conversation' on the issue.

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Stop saying all mass shooters are mentally ill. Not all mentally ill people are violent | Opinion

BY: - June 19, 2022

Thoughts about mass shooters -- and a Father's Day lesson from the author's son.

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Laurie Silver of Lafayette, Colorado takes in what remains of her cousin's condo in the aftermath of the Marshall Fire on December 31, 2021 in Louisville, Colo (Getty Images).

Climate change is wreaking havoc on our mental health | Opinion

BY: - May 26, 2022

I’m a therapist. I’ve seen an increase in the stress my patients express about the state of our climate.

Pa. one of three states piloting a mental health helpline for farmers, agriculture producers

BY: - February 11, 2022

Speaking to reporters Friday, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and state Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Beaver, who chairs the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, announced the availability of a new pilot mental health helpline, known as the AgriStress HelpLine, for those in the commonwealth’s agriculture industry. 

‘It’s OK to not be OK,’: Wolf admin. highlights mental health, substance use resources for holiday season

BY: - December 22, 2021

In a virtual briefing with reporters Wednesday, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith said that the holiday season can be “overwhelming and triggering” for those with substance use disorder. 

Can magic mushrooms help fight mental illness? A bipartisan group of Pa. lawmakers think so

BY: - October 22, 2021

And it has the backing of a New York attorney, veterans, and a growing body of research.

Philly Councilmember Curtis Jones urges citizens to call out ‘red flag’ behavior

BY: - October 9, 2021

By Brian Saunders PHILADELPHIA — City Councilmember Curtis Jones Jr. took the floor during this week’s virtual City Council meeting to urge people to speak up if someone they know is going through a mental health crisis. Jones’ remarks come in the aftermath of Monday’s Thomas Jefferson University Hospital shooting, which left one man dead […]

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My family’s experience explains why mental health reform has to be part of the solution to mass shootings | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - April 7, 2021

While taking the guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who are dangerous would be a good start, actually helping those people deal with their problems would be the best course of action.

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Inmate Mental Health: The other public  health crisis in Pa.’s prisons and jails | Opinion

BY: - March 17, 2021

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania prisons and jails and alleviating mental health crises are not mutually exclusive projects.