A Thanksgiving Wish
May you and all those important to you have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving.
Giving thanks for your support of mental health driven and run programs at the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA.
Without your generosity programs like the Warming Center at MHA would not be possible.
Congratulations to Summer 2013 Interns
Congratulations to Katie, Merida and Kara on successfully completing their internships at the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA.
The students learned about recovery from people with mental health issues. They were able to put into practice some of the information that they learned from their coursework. Observing and co-facilitating support groups, listening, and offering recreational activities were some of their duties as interns.
They shared a common field of study - clinical psychology. Katie and Merida are continuing their studies toward a Bachelor’s Degree. Kara is evaluating recent opportunities in her career field.
Thank you and best wishes on your journey.
Dominican Republic Culture Presentation
Merida Reynoso met with the members of the MHA and discussed the culture and social styles of the Dominican Republic. Merida is a native of that country who is presently studying at Edinboro University. That gathering concluded with a Dominican style buffet. The entire presentation was warmly received.
New Collection of Poetry
Patrick writes introspective poetry and words of spiritual and philosophical import. We invite you to pause and reflect on the issues they represent.
A quick guide to some housing resources for people experiencing homelessness
Support group for people with mental illness and addiction
Gain strength and hope for a brighter future by meeting with others suffering with mental illness and addiction. Share your experience and help others learn to cope with their disease. 1st meeting is Tuesday, October 16 at 2:00PM
Peer Support Program at MHANP
We are pleased to announce that the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA is opening a new free standing, consumer run Peer Support Program (PSP) housed at our facility at 1101 Peach Street, Erie. .....complete article
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Invitation to Join MHA in "Celebrating Hope, Encouragement, Recovery"
MHA is proud to announce that we have partnered with the I'm the Evidence/Mental Health Campaign (ITE/MH), a grassroots initiative to increase awareness that people recover from mental illness and to celebrate individuals who are living examples of recovery, as well as those who support them.
The campaign officially launched this month after a year of planning led by the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania (MHAPA) and Support the Journey. The MHAPA works on behalf of the mental health of citizens of Pennsylvania instilling principles that facilitate recovery and resiliency of individuals and their families. Support The Journey provides products and services that help people understand, embrace, and support the human potential for growth, discovery, and recovery. At the heart of the Campaign is a poem expressing the Campaign's values - belief, hope, giving, connectedness, action, example, encouragement, and possibility. (Read the entire poem at www.itecampaign.org.)
Becoming a partner in the ITE/MH campaign is a natural fit for MHA. Celebrating the recovery accomplishments of mental health consumers and the roles of families, professionals and organizations in helping consumers in the pursuit of their dreams has been a part of what we do since the MHA came into being in 1993. Those of you receiving this message have also shown a commitment to mental health recovery and we invite you to become a part of this powerful and positive statewide initiative by becoming an ITE/MH partner (organization) or ambassador (individual)
As a Partner, we will spread the messages of the Campaign by helping consumers share their recovery stories, hosting ITE/MH events, recruiting more partners and ambassadors for the campaign, and by being true to the campaign mission.
Join us! Be part of the Campaign. Learn more or get involved at www.itecampaign.org or call me or Rita Wheeler at 814-452-4462 to honor the Evidence in you or someone you know.
Bill Grove, CEO
Several college seniors from universities within the tri state area have spent a semester at the MHA. We have asked our recent interns to express their impression of their experience with us.
National Recovery Month was celebrated Sep 17, 2013
"Join the Voices for Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness" was the theme for the 24th Annual National Recovery Month, September 2013. This is the tenth (10th) year that Erie County has celebrated this event.
VA Family & Friends Support Group
Family & Friends Support group will give you an opportunity to talk about the stressors associated with supporting someone with mental health issues. Receive feedback from others in similar situations and ask questions regarding mental health issues. The group is co-led by a fellow family member of a Veteran with mental health issues and a BHC staff member.
DRA meeting (Dual Recovery Annonymous): Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Please pass the word around and encourage those with Dual (addiction and mental health) issues to attend. Once they do, I’m sure they will find it a tremendous support.
Temple University Seeks Participants in Survey
The Temple University Collaborative invites you to participate in a new survey that seeks to gather input from individuals with psychiatric disabilities about the resources and services that would help them to achieve their weight loss goals.
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Empathy as a College Suicide Prevention Strategy
Congratulations to Dori Hutchinson, Sc.D.,BU CPR (Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation) Director of Services on the publication of "Empathy as a College Suicide Prevention Strategy" in the College Health in Action Newsletter.
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Member Advisory Committee (MAC) Meetings for Community Care Members in Erie County
Community Care Members are invited to attend a MAC Meeting. Community Care is a non-profit company that manages mental health as well as drug and alcohol treatment services for Members (people with Medical Assistance under the HealthChoices program).
All of the MAC meetings for Erie County Members are held at:
Metered parking may be available off of West 11th St. between State and Peach Streets. One quarter or one token pays for 20 minutes of parking.
Family Advisory Committee (FAC) Meetings for families of Community Care Members in Erie County
Family members (are 18 and older) of Community Care members who are currently covered by Medical Assistance through Pennsylvania' HealthChoices Program may attend a FAC meeting.
Meetings are held at the Erie County Blasco Library (Admiral Room), 160 E Front St., Erie PA 16507.
12:00PM to 1:00PM
Facebook Provides First-of-a-Kind Service To Help Prevent Suicides
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are collaborating with Facebook to help those in crisis.
In partnership with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Facebook is announcing a new service that harnesses the power of social networking and crisis support to help prevent suicides across the Nation and Canada. The new service enables Facebook users to report a suicidal comment they see posted by a friend to Facebook using either the Report Suicidal Content link or the report links found throughout the site. The person who posted the suicidal comment will then immediately receive an email from Facebook encouraging them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or to click on this link to begin a confidential chat session with a crisis worker.
Pass Plan Help
Grant like funds from your United States Social Security Disability
benefits for work or school. Over and above what you now receive!!!
A Pass Plan along with your Ticket To Work can provide you this opportunity.
Mental Health Advance Directive is available online.