How To Create A Workplace That Supports Mental Health

Mental health can have a serious impact on a business. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 80% of adults with depression reported at least some difficulty with work, home, or social activities because of their depression symptoms.

Unfortunately, disorders like anxiety and depression often go undetected for months or years. Unlike physical illnesses, mental health issues are more challenging to pinpoint.

Even though mental health can often be a taboo topic, especially in the workplace, it appears that employees want their employer to champion mental health and well-being.

Read the full article here on Forbes.com.

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Janine Weeks
After confronting mental illness and addiction, he wants to help others. But one thing’s stopping him.

The bridge of hope is a human one, forged from the bravery and resilience of individuals like James Sherrick and Ken Miller. As the new CEO of Mental Health Partnerships, I am proud to lead an organization comprised of peers, exceptional individuals like James and Ken whose valuable lived experience allows MHP to support thousands of people in their recovery journey each year.

James and Ken have my deep respect not only for the tremendous work they are doing in our community, but for sharing some of the challenges to becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist. As the demand for Certified Peers continues to grow, we need to find ways to make trainings more accessible and this career path more sustainable. I applaud Aneri Pattani for highlighting both the great need for and the challenges facing peers who want to help someone else walk their path to recovery.
~Dr. Adriana Torres-O'Connor

Read the article on Philly.com here

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Janine Weeks
Drug And Alcohol Referral Tool (DART) Launch Announcement

On behalf of Governor Wolf’s Unified Opioid Command Center, I would like to let you know of a new online tool launching to help individuals identify drug and alcohol treatment options and supportive services for themselves or a loved one.

A team comprised of staff from the Departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Human Services worked together to create the Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART) to centralize the ways to connect a person to drug and alcohol treatment as well as related support resources. The DART can be found at www.ddap.pa.gov/GetHelp.

The DART is a free, anonymous resource. Results are generated based on a person’s answers to the nine (9) questions included, and users may skip a question at any point. When they finish the questionnaire, they will be able to email, download, and/or print their results. The tool is not a diagnostic assessment and does not gauge eligibility for any programs listed in a person’s results.

Thank you for your continued support as we help Pennsylvanians affected by substance use disorder.

Sincerely,

Lynn Kovich, Deputy Secretary
Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Department of Human Services

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Janine Weeks
Nominate a Peer Worker for National Council for Behavioral Health Award of Excellence!

Are you a health care hero or do you know someone who is?

The National Council for Behavioral Health is looking for people, groups, and organizations that have made a difference in the lives of people with mental illnesses and addictions – through treatment, advocacy, leadership, management, and technology.

If you would like to submit a nomination, please use the newly streamlined form here, by Monday, January 7, 2019.

They are looking for nominations of exceptional individuals in the behavioral health settings, including Peer Support Workers.

Nominate yourself or a colleague, register for NatCon19, and grab your seats for the Awards of Excellence celebration, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in beautiful and historic Nashville.

The Awards of Excellence will have it all – golden trophies, heartfelt speeches and top-notch entertainment. Why would you want to be anywhere else?

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Janine Weeks
OMHSAS Mental Health Training Survey - Serving Transgender/Non Conforming Individuals

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will be making training available to county staff and providers in 2019 to enable their mental health services to better meet the needs of individuals who are transgender or gender nonconforming. There will be both online and in-person opportunities with at least one in-person training targeted to each OMHSAS Region. 

The Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is partnering with OMHSAS to develop this training specific to the needs of our mental health system. In order to ensure they appropriately meet staff needs, they have created a survey to gather feedback. If you would like to provide your input, the survey will be open through December 20, 2018

Share Your Thoughts - TAKE THE SURVEY

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Bruce Springsteen opens up about his battles with depression: 'I know I am not completely well'

Bruce Springsteen is opening up about his mental health struggles.

In a new interview with Esquire, the rock star is candid in discussing two emotional breakdowns he suffered -- one when he was 32 and another when he was in his 60s.

"I have come close enough to [mental illness] where I know I am not completely well myself," said Springsteen, 69.

"I've had to deal with a lot of it over the years, and I'm on a variety of medications that keep me on an even keel; otherwise I can swing rather dramatically and ... just ... the wheels can come off a little bit. So we have to watch, in our family. I have to watch my kids, and I've been lucky there. It ran in my family going way before my dad."

Springsteen also spoke about his late father, Doug Springsteen, who wrestled with his own demons and was diagnosed with schizophrenia later in his life.

"All I do know is as we age, the weight of our unsorted baggage becomes heavier ... 

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President, CEO Michael Brody will transition leadership to Dr. Adriana Torres-O'Connor

President, CEO Michael Brody will transition leadership to Dr. Adriana Torres-O'Connor

Philadelphia, Pa. November 12, 2018 - After nearly a decade of service with Mental Health Partnerships, Michael Brody is retiring as President and CEO effective December 31, 2018. He will be succeeded by Dr. Adriana Torres-O'Connor who joins the organization December 3, 2018. The change in the organizations leadership was announced by Stephen St.Vincent, Mental Health Partnerships' Board Chairman.

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MHP Announcement on Treatment Advocacy Center Grades

Every year, the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) grades each state’s psychiatric outpatient commitment laws.

MHP President and CEO Michael Brody made the following statement: “MHP stands strongly against treatment practices that utilize coercive tactics. The criteria with which one is involuntarily committed is often not meaningful, relevant, or constitutional, and disregards an individual’s civil liberties. Receiving two “F’s” and “D” on this scale proves that Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey respect the individual’s self determination, and their right to be the decision-maker in their treatment plan. Rather than focusing on forced or coercive treatment, greater attention should be placed on increasing the array of services that people have available that they say work best for them.”

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National Voter Registration Day

MHP encourages you to make your voice heard by activating YOUR superpower ... the right to vote. Today is National Voter Registration Day and we want to make sure you'll be able to cast your ballot to support important issues such as access to treatment, funding for community based mental health services, behavioral health parity, and many others!

The Pennsylvania voter registration deadline is October 9th. You can register to vote online here: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx

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AdvocacyNed Redmond
In South Philly, a long-hidden heroin crisis can’t be ignored anymore

Article by Aubrey Whelan.

In South Philadelphia, a community of tight neighborhoods and strong traditions, a long-hidden opioid crisis is starting to reveal itself.

At Broad and Snyder Streets, next to a booming restaurant row and a major transit hub, Destinie Campanella makes her rounds. She lugs a bag full of Narcan, the overdose reversal drug, and water bottles to the corner where a few people in addiction sleep on cardboard mattresses. It's a sight familiar a few miles away in the open-air heroin scene of Kensington, but not here.

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"Almost Home" now on view!

MHP, in partnership with Mural Arts' Porchlight program, hosted our ribbon cutting ceremony on August 28th. The mural is a fantastic testament to the work that we do as ambassadors of hope and of the resilience and power of the individuals with whom we partner.

The mural is designed by artists Eric Okdeh and Alvin Tull and created in partnership with Mental Health Partnership’s A New Life Recovery and Education Center in West Philadelphia, and is now viewable at 885 N Preston Street in West Philly. 

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