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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Meet and Greet Voter Registration
Join us on Friday, March 14th and meet the candidates for elective office. MHA will host a voter registration drive from 11:00AM to noon, with the opportunity to meet the elected officials from our area. Light refreshments will be available.
Urgent Need for Men's Clothing
We have an urgent need for good condition, warm men's clothing of all sorts and sizes. With the exceptionally cold winter there has been an increased demand on men's clothing in our clothes bank. Coats, hats, scarves, gloves, underwear, socks, boots and any other clothing that can be layered will be of great help keep safe our Warming Center at MHA guests and the homeless or destitute men who visit us in the daytime Drop-in Recovery Center. Donations can be dropped off at MHA, 1101 Peach St., Erie, Monday through Friiday from 9am to 4pm.
Thanks to all who have donated clothing, food, and hygiene products so far this year. You have made a difference.
Congratulations to Hannah Coates
Congratulations to Hannah Coates on successfully completing her internship at the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA.
Her interaction with the consumers was a valuable learning experience. She leaves with sadness, recognizing that the consumers educated her beyond any of her expectations. Her time at the MHA was positive and rewarding.
Thank you and best wishes on your journey.
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A quick guide to some housing resources for people experiencing homelessness
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.
Spirituality & Mental Health Recovery Conf
The 12th Annual Spirituality and Mental Health Conference will be held May 7, 2014 at the Masonic Temple, 32 W 8th St, Erie, PA. RSVP by Apr 23, 2014 to Bill Grove at the MHANP. Directions
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.
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.