Category Archives: Mental Health

Register now for these important FREE trainings: QPR and MHFA

WellSpan Philhaven is offering two very important training programs … with multiple training dates in 2018. And the programs are FREE.qprTo register for any of the above QPR trainings, click here: www.https://www.wellspanphilhaven.org/Education/-QPR-Suicide-Prevention-Training

mhfaTo register for any of the above Mental Health First Aid trainings, click here: www.https://www.wellspanphilhaven.org/Education/-QPR-Suicide-Prevention-Training

“You may feel lonely, but you’re not alone” – next avenue

“Although making friends later in life is difficult, perseverance is worth it”

Lonely-Youre-Not-Aloneby Barbara Rady Kazdan

“‘I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; can give and receive without judgment and derive sustenance and strength from the relationship,’ Brené Brown, the author and speaker of one of the most famous TED Talks once said.

“I was reminded of this quote when today’s mail brought a survey from my congregation for ‘households with only one adult member.’ They’d found that 25 percent of members fit that description. How, the letter asked, could these households be better served?

“I wondered, who are those single members?  Never married, not yet, not interested; divorced; widowed like me…. The survey never asked the jackpot questions: Are you lonely? How can we help?”

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – “Developing Solutions for Social Isolation in the United States: Learning From the World”

We’re providing a total of $2.5 million in funding, looking for the best ideas from around the world that can address social isolation in the United States.

SOCIAL ISOLATION

by Maryjoan Ladden

I remember reading the story of a dying patient who, when asked who to call as his life was ending, he replied, ‘no one.’ He had absolutely no immediate family or close friends. Dr. Druv Khullar who wrote the piece noted ‘the sadness of his death was surpassed only by the sadness of his solitude. I wondered whether his isolation was a driving force of his premature death, not just an unhappy circumstance.’

“This profoundly sad story struck me to my core.

“Not everyone has a social network to call on when they need people by their side. Many people feel disconnected from society and from life, and that contributes to a host of physical, mental and emotional health problems. In fact, according to experts, social isolation is as bad for your health as smoking, obesity, elevated blood pressure, and high cholesterol.”

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If you have an idea from abroad that just might work in America, see our new Call for Proposals!

 

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Medicare Spends More on Socially Isolated Older Adults

Previous studies have demonstrated that socially isolated older adults are at greater risk for poor health and death than their well-connected counterparts. The AARP Public Policy Institute has released a new report that examines whether social isolation also affects health care spending among older adults, and finds that a lack of social contacts among older adults is associated with an estimated $6.7 billion in additional Medicare spending annually.” Click on the graphic below to download the report. 

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Holiday self-care tips! Take care of yourself.

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Pennsylvania Launches Website to Help Seniors and People with Disabilities Find Services Near Home

Harrisburg, PA – Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf announced the launch of the Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website, which connects older Pennsylvanians and individuals with a disability or behavioral health need to services and support available in their community.The Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website provides users with a wide variety of resources including a home care directory and an information referral tool.

“We have been working hard to help individuals with a disability and older Pennsylvanians to live where and how they choose, just as any of us would want,” Governor Wolf said. “This new website is a tremendous tool to help you or your loved one make the best and most informed decision about care and services.”

The website is a collaboration between the departments of Aging (PDA) and Human Services (DHS), and serves as an extension of PDA’s Aging and Disability Resource call center. With this online resource the commonwealth is adding to its continuing efforts to help Pennsylvanians locate and get the best use of services at the local level.

“Our capacity to link seniors and their families with community resources is critical to helping them live and age well at home,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. “Today’s launch empowers older Pennsylvanians and their caregivers to proactively explore the service options that are available to them as they seek to remain independent and age in place.”

The site features 12 service and support categories, including Advocacy, Behavioral Health, Employment, Finance, Health Care, Housing, In-Home Services, Legal, Meals, Protection from Abuse, Support Groups, and Transportation.

Users can find information about organizations, services, and programs within these categories. One major component to the site is its home care directory, which connects individuals to in-home services available in their county. More than 350 in-home service providers appearing on the searchable directory may offer personal care, assistance with activities of daily living, companionship services, respite care, and/or habilitation services.

“We are committed to serving Pennsylvanians where they want to be – in their homes and communities,” said DHS Acting Secretary Teresa Miller. “This website is a great resource to connect an individual to the services they need to provide a choice in where they live.”

Following the launch of Pennsylvania Link to Community Care, the departments of Aging and Human Services will continue to enhance the website using data and feedback from users, and expand the resources and information provided throughout the site. If you are a provider licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and would like to appear on the home care directory, you may submit your information by navigating to the footer of the site and clicking on “Apply.”

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website, or to find information on resources available in your county, visit www.carelink.pa.gov.

Six surprising ways exercise can improve your mental health

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by Jane Sandwood

“What is the first thing that comes to mind when you’re depressed? You probably don’t think, ‘Hey, I should go for a run!’ This is especially true if getting motivated to do physical exercise is difficult for you. Yet, this is precisely the habit you need to get into if you want to improve your mental health. Here are six reasons why that is.

“Free Your Mind of Negativity

“Exercise will take your mind off the nonstop flood of thoughts in your head and get you out of the house. Your thoughts have the potential to turn negative when you have unstructured time. You can redirect your thinking in a more mindful and positive direction by filling your time with physical activity.”

Read this article in its entirety at the Mental Health of Lancaster County blog site.

“How Well Do We Age in the U.S.? Check Our Scores” – next avenue

“An aging index compares health, equality and social cohesion among countries.”


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by Judith Graham

“The U.S. has a long way to go in becoming a truly age-friendly society, according to a new international scorecard — the most comprehensive assessment to date of how nations across the world are responding to their aging populations.

“Results were released last month at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics’ World Congress in San Francisco.

“The United States performed well, overall. With a score of 59.8 (out of a possible 100), it came in third of 18 countries for which composite scores were compiled, behind Norway (with a score of 65) and Sweden (with a score of 62).

“Hungary brought up the rear (at 23.5), followed by Poland (at 31.4) and Estonia (33.3).

“Many improvements needed

“Still, striking areas of weakness are highlighted in the analysis: rates of poverty among older adults in the U.S. are high; income inequality is pronounced; public expenditures for long-term care are low; tension between older and younger generations is palpable and healthy life expectancy is below that of several other nations.”

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“The bold new fight to eradicate suicide” – The Guardian

In this article there’s a familiar name. “Kevin Hines was 19 and suffering from severe bipolar disorder when he caught a bus, alone, towards the Golden Gate bridge in September 2000.” Hines has spoken locally at Kutztown University and in Lebanon County last year.

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Steve Mallen thinks the signs first started to show when his son stopped playing the piano. Edward, then 18, was a gifted musician and had long since passed his grade-eight exams. Playing had been a passion for most of his life. But as adulthood beckoned, the boy had never been busier. He had won a place to read geography at the University of Cambridge and was revising hard for his A levels. At his school, Edward was head boy, and popular among pupils and teachers. His younger brother and sister idolised him.

“‘We didn’t attach any particular significance to it,’ said Steve of what he saw as merely a musical pause. ‘I think we just thought, “Well, the poor lad’s been at the piano for years and years. He’s so busy … ’ But these are the small things – the ripples in the fabric of normal life – that you don’t necessarily notice, but which, as I know now, can be very significant.”’

“Three months after Edward stopped playing, and just two weeks after he handed in an English essay that his teacher would later describe as among the best he had read, police knocked at the door of the family home in Meldreth, a village 10 miles south of Cambridge.”

Read this “long read” in its entirety at The Guardian.

September 08 – Lebanon VA Medical Center 2017 Community Mental Health Summit – Register today!

VA MH SUMMITTo download the above information sheet as a .pdf for sharing / printing / elarging, click on the graphic or here

To reserve your seat at this summit, you must register for this event –

Click on the link below to register.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-community-mental-health-summit-tickets-36587572414