Category Archives: Mental Health

2022 VA Community Mental Health Summit

PennCares Upcoming Training

Recognizing the Impact of Race, Racism, and Inequity on Mental Health 

July is Minority Mental Health Month 
JULY 22, 2022   
Mental health conditions can impact all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability, class, sexual orientation, or other social identities. However, systemic racism, implicit and explicit bias, and other circumstances that make individuals vulnerable can also make access to mental health treatment much more difficult.

Mental health care is important to a person’s overall wellbeing. Mental health conditions are treatable and often preventable. Yet many people from historically marginalized groups face obstacles in accessing needed care. These obstacles, which have only been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, may include lack of or insufficient health insurance, lack of racial and ethnic diversity among mental health care providers, lack of culturally competent providers, financial strain, discrimination, and stigma. Moreover, immigration status, economic conditions, education levels, and access to public health benefits are just a few differences that can adversely impact people’s experiences when seeking mental health care.Since 2008, July has been designated as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge and explore issues concerning mental health within minority communities and to destigmatize mental illness and enhance public awareness of mental illness among affected minority groups across the nation.

Taking on the challenges of mental health takes all of us.

All of society benefits when all people have access to mental health care, supportive social conditions, freedom from stressors that can compromise mental health, and access to other resources needed for health. We all have a role to play in promoting health equity.

Learn more about Minority Mental Health Month:

Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month — NAMI
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month — U.S. Dept. Health and Human Service Office of Minority HealthBIPOC Mental Health Month — Mental Health AmericaWhat is Mental Health Equity?Mental health equity exists when everyone has a fair and just opportunity to reach their highest level of mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Mental health disparities are defined as unfair differences in access to or quality of mental health care according to race and ethnicity. Disparities can take on many forms, are quite common, and are preventable. They can mean unequal access to good providers, differences in insurance coverage, or discrimination by doctors or nurses. 

Mental Health Equity Statistics1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year50 percent of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75 percent by age 24Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 Click the above image to see more statistics on mental health in the U.S.Click the above image to see more statistics on mental health treatments in the U.S.Mental Health and Emotional Support is Available!Click the above image to watch a video and learn more about 988 in Pennsylvania.
Crisis Help
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out for help. 988 
988 is the new, easier way to connect callers directly to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. People who contact 988 via phone, text, or chat will be directly connected to trained counselors located at 13 PA crisis call centers who can immediately provide phone-based support and connections to local resources, if necessary. Note: If there is an immediate risk of endangering oneself or others, contact 911. Inform the operator that you are calling about a mental health crisis.

Crisis Text Line | Text PA to 741741 to start the conversation 24/7.
PA Crisis Hotlines | Find a crisis line in your county
Mental Health Support Resources for Pennsylvanians PA Support & Referral Hotline
1-855-284-2494 (TTY: 724-631-5600)
The Department of Human Services’ mental health support and referral helpline is available 24/7 and is a free resource staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers available to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions.

Get Connected to HelpPennsylvania Medicaid participants: Find an in-network providerCall 2-1-1: The United Way of Pennsylvania can connect you to help in your area; Search crisis services, hotlines, and warmlines near you.Psychology Today’s search engine SAMHSA’s search tool
 Office of Advocacy & Reform (OAR)
OAR works on behalf of vulnerable Pennsylvanians both internally across state agencies and externally in our communities. Along with more than 100 volunteers, OAR is guiding the commonwealth and service providers statewide on what it means to be trauma-informed and healing-centered in PA.

Black Mental Health Alliance
The Black Mental Health Alliance  supports the health and well-being of Black people and other vulnerable communities.

Asian Mental Health Collective (AMHC)
AMHC aspires to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide.

Help for the LGBTQ Community
The Trevor Support Center offers help around a number of topics, from healthy relationships, to coming out, to homelessness, and more. Connect with them by text by texting START to 678-678.
LGBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564The Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860LGBT National Senior Hotline: 888-234-7243Additional Minority Mental Health Resources
Prioritizing Minority Mental Health — CDC
The Role of Culture in Mental Health — Psychology Today
The Four Bodies: A Holistic Toolkit for Coping with Racial Trauma
— Nappy Head Club
Mental Health vs. Mental Illness: The Difference and Why It Matters 
— Taylor Counseling Group
Health Equity — PA Dept. of Health

Pennsylvanians will soon have a new way to connect to mental or behavioral health crisis services! 988


This webinar is presented by the Drug Free Workplace PA 
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10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Audio is available either
by computer or phone

The link to the webinar will be sent to you within 48 hours

COST: $15
1.5 Social Work CEUs Available* 
(CEUs may incur extra costs) Description: 

In this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of the difference between stress, burnout and mental health conditions. Participants will learn the impact of mental health on family unit and discover ways to support someone experiencing a mental health condition. A general overview of the dangers of self-medication and the disease of substance use disorder will be presented. Participants will also learn about stigma surrounding mental health and substance use disorder. Participants will explore practical self-care techniques to take an active role in their own overall well-being. Resources will be provided at the end of the presentation. Objectives: Define what is stress, burnout and mental health Learn the cost of stigma View the impact on the family unit Define self-medication vs. self-care Explore Substance Use Disorder 101 Learn what are the best resources Target Audience: The training will be for professionals who work in the aging field. (Case managers social workers, nursing home administrators, LPC, and drug and alcohol professionals). CEUs* 
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Quality Insights – Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, Quality Insights supports the national movement to raise awareness about mental health.Mental health refers to our emotional and social well-being and impacts how we think, feel, and behave. It plays a role in connecting with others, making decisions, handling stress, and many other aspects of daily life. Everyone has mental health, and it deserves our attention just as much as our physical health.We encourage you to explore the following resources to enhance your knowledge of mental health.
MHA’s “Back to Basics” Campaign
The ABCs of Mental Health Month Since 1949, Mental Health America (MHA) and its affiliates across the country have observed May as Mental Health Month through media, local events, and screenings. This year, the theme of MHA’s 2022 Mental Health Month Toolkit is “Back to Basics.” Here are some simple ABCs – as easy as 123 – to help you get Back to Basics with mental health and well-being during May. Act: While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. Explore Mental Health America’s 2022 Mental Health Month Toolkit, which provides free, practical resources. Learn about recognizing warning signs, knowing the factors that can lead to mental health conditions, maintaining mental well-being, and seeking help for mental health. Boost: Show your support this month by wearing lime green, the official awareness color for mental health. Post your photo and/or share your mental health story online. Tag @MentalHealthAmerica on Instagram and use #gogreenformh for MHA to share your pictures.Contribute: Become a “Fight in the Open” champion with a monthly donation. Donations can help MHA help 10 individuals by screening them for mental health conditions and directing them to resources. Or, shop MHA’s Store and take a picture with your merch to share online.  
NAMI’s “Together for Mental Health” Campaign
Mental Health Awareness Month For 2022’s Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will amplify the message of “Together for Mental Health.” Be sure to check out NAMI’s blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events.Resources2022 Awareness Event GuideWays to Get InvolvedRead Personal StoriesShare Your Story
Mental Health Infographic
Prioritizing Mental Health Care in America According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 37% of the U.S. population live in a mental health professional shortage area.Check out this infographic from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, which showcases the impact of mental health care across the U.S.  
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Contact UsSheila Barnett, BSN, RN – 1.800.642.8686 ext. 3221This material was prepared by Quality Insights, a Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of CMS or HHS, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by CMS or HHS. Publication number 12SOW-QI-CC-050622-MV

Save the Date! HUD/SAMHSA: National Mental Health Awareness Month Webinar Series MAY 2022

Save the Date! HUD/SAMHSA: National Mental Health Awareness Month Webinar Series MAY 2022 each WednesdayThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Public and Indian Housing and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are teaming up to present a series of free webinars this May to celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Month!The webinars will take place each Wednesday in May and will feature leading mental health and housing professionals from SAMHSA and HUD, as well as practitioners from their respective communities. This collaboration will focus on mental health issues that our nation is facing in the post-pandemic world, plus issues specific to HUD’s communitiesUpcoming webinars include:May 4, 2022 1:00 PM ET
Webinar 1: Mental Health 101 – Overview of Mental Health Issues in the Modern World
Access Code: 4670871#May 11, 2022 1:00 PM ET
Webinar 2: 988 – What’s on the Horizon
Access Code 8477433#May 18, 2022 2:00 PM ET
Webinar 3:Get Help – Reducing Stigma Associated with Mental Health
Access Code: 5955873#May 25, 2022 2:00 PM ET
Webinar 4: Now What? – Mental Health Issues in Post-COVID America
Access Code: 6268721#Save the Date for National Prevention Week and SAMHSA’s Prevention Day 2022!National Prevention Week (NPW), May 8–14, is a national public education platform bringing together communities and organizations to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.
SAMHSA’s Prevention Day will take place on Monday, May 9, and it will be delivered virtually through an interactive online conference platform.NPW Daily Themes
Each year, NPW includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2022 daily themes are:May 9: Strengthening Community Resilience: Substance Misuse and Overdose Prevention
May 10: Preventing Substance Use and Promoting Mental Health in Youth
May 11: Preventing Suicide: Everyone Plays a Role
May 12: The Talent Pipeline: Enhancing the Prevention Workforce
May 13: Prevention is Everywhere: Highlighting Efforts Across Settings and Communities
May 14: Celebrating Prevention HeroesPrevention Challenge
This year, SAMHSA is creating a new way to participate in NPW through #MyPreventionStory.
Leading up to NPW, SAMHSA encourages everyone to create and share a prevention story on social media—whether it’s telling how they are helping to prevent substance use or sharing the ways they’re promoting mental health during COVID-19. Take the challenge and be a part of the national conversation about how prevention works!For more information about NPW 2022, including resources to help you raise awareness and plan activities in your community, visit the SAMHSA website or send questions or requests to SAMHSA’s NPW Coordinator David Wilson at
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Northwest Pennsylvania Veteran Suicide Prevention Program 

Welcome to the Northwest Pennsylvania Veteran Suicide Prevention Program 
Working with Healthcare Partners, Community Organizations, Veterans, and their Families to End Suicide Deaths. 

Monthly Newsletter April 2022 Greetings to our stakeholders and supporters  Welcome to PERU’s March newsletter for the Northwest Pennsylvania (NW PA) Veteran Suicide Prevention Program. We look forward to updating you every month with program news, training events, community outreach activities, and evidence-based best practices for reducing suicidality and increasing social connectedness and resilience among Veterans. We encourage you to connect with us through our Facebook and LinkedIn groups and share the news of this program with colleagues, friends, and relevant community organizations. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Visit the Website and Get Involved  April Program Updates ‌ Read and Share Our Articles We regularly share program-relevant articles on our website’s blog. Designed to inform and inspire, these can be shared with colleagues or organizations that may have an interest in collaborating. Here’s what we published over the last month: 

Combat Veterans, Killing and Suicide This article summarizes a recent presentation by Lee Wagner, Senior Program Implementation Specialist, and explores how specific types of combat exposure impact suicidal ideation and suicidal attempt, the Combat Exposure Scale, and healing efforts for those with combat exposure. Read time: 7 minutes 

Understanding Pennsylvania’s Mental Health Parity LawsThe federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act requires health plans that cover mental health/substance use disorder treatment (MH/SUD) services “in parity” with the coverage of other medical and surgical benefits. Information about this important topic has been provided by our partner, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, and is now available on our website. With distinct sections for healthcare providers and Veterans and their families, health insurance regulations for MH/SUD treatment are explained. Read time: 7 minutes 

Media Toolkit Now Available!Our online media toolkit can help spread the word about the NW PA Veteran Suicide Prevention Program. The toolkit contains sample email text, a press release for announcing collaborations, and a program overview article that can be forwarded to local newspapers, health and wellness organizations, community groups, and houses of worship. All materials can be customized to meet individual needs. Read time: 7 minutes 

Upcoming opportunities and events  We accept relevant contributions for our events calendar and news blog. Members may also share program-related training, events, and activities on our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.   

Supporting the Behavioral Health Needs of Our Service Members, Veterans and their Families Through Coalitions and Task ForcesApril 19th 2 PM EST FREE Participants will have the opportunity to hear from two different leaders who have established successful community-based coalitions and networks. 

Facilitating the Integration of Firearm Injury Prevention into HealthcareApril 25th 12 noon EST FREE Explore how firearm injury and mortality prevention can be integrated into routine care in health systems. The workshop will include discussion about the current evidence on strategies for prevention, the facilitators and barriers to implementation of strategies, and how health systems might work to overcome those barriers. 

Erie VA Moral Injury and Suicide Prevention SeminarMay 12th 10 AM EST FREE Dr. J. Irene Harris, a nationally-recognized expert in the treatment of moral injury, joins Brandon Wiley, LPC in a discussion about suicide prevention and moral injury, how to recognize traits of suicide risk and spiritual distress, and how to identify paths for wellness and spiritual strengths to help Veterans cope. Sponsored by the Erie VA Medical Center Chaplain Service. 

SCOPE First Responders Training Ongoing FREE The University of Pittsburgh’s Strategies to Coordinate Overdose Prevention Efforts (SCOPE) Statewide project provides continuing education for first responders on the topics of substance use disorder 101, recovery-oriented systems of care, naloxone administration and leave behind, and understanding the barriers created by stigma and bias. 

Upcoming training dates and registration are available online. Email for more information.   Your participation saves lives  A map of the 15 counties of NW Pennsylvania.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is a growing public health crisis that took more than 46,000 lives in the United States in 2020. In Pennsylvania alone, the rate of suicide deaths in 2018 was 15.7 per 100,000, compared to the national rate of 14.8 per 100,000.    
Fully funded by the CDC, this program aims to reduce Veteran suicide attempts, injuries, and deaths by 10% (on average) over five years in the fifteen counties of Northwestern Pennsylvania. By improving access to treatment and support services, we will increase awareness of Veteran suicide risk through suicide prevention community activities and training opportunities.  There are many ways to participate  A group of friends with arms linked watch a sunset. Whether you identify as a healthcare provider, community organization, or Veteran, there are several opportunities through the NW PA Veteran Suicide Prevention Program to connect to resources, participate in educational training, and promote harm reduction strategies for at-risk Veterans. We are actively recruiting healthcare and community partners to work with us in meeting our goals and objectives. Help us: ·     Create community-based programs and services that foster supportive environments, promote social belonging and community connections, and offer effective coping and resilience-building strategies.·     Deliver healthcare-related programs and services that identify and support people at-risk and strengthen access to and delivery of care.·     Reduce misuse of firearms and preventing suicide by firearms.·     Offer suicide awareness training for community members and Veterans.·     Provide activities that promote Veteran culture and connection within communities. The list above represents a sample of all available opportunities. Please contact us to connect with a program specialist and learn more.   
Request Partnership Information
Learn more about our work
Photograph of two women talking over coffee. To learn more, and meet our program implementation team, visit the NW PA Veteran Suicide Prevention website at theresilientveteran.orgNeed Help? Know Someone Who Does? Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat. Both are free and confidential. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.
PERU is dedicated to meaningful research and its contribution to a health system that facilitates a patient’s ability to achieve optimal health, well-being, recovery, and choice.
Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program
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Support Adults with Mental Illness in Lancaster

There’s only one month left until this year’s Fishbowl Fundraiser! Join us Sunday, May 1, 2022 for an evening of impact. Help create community and connection in the lives of those living with mental illness in Lancaster County. You won’t want to miss this evening filled with delicious refreshments, entertainment and raffle prizes! 

RSVP by 4.15.22! In-person tickets are limited. Make sure to secure your tickets today!
24 East King Street
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Raffle Auction, Refreshments by Cracked Pepper Catering &
Music by Red Rose Soul Club with DJ Salinger and Julio Fernandez 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Program & Announcement of Raffle Winners 6:30 – 7:00 PM
Dessert & Coffee $50 IN-PERSON Ticket
Limited in-person event. Reserve ticket early.
Includes refreshments and 2 drink tickets
Complimentary virtual access ticket available to view auction and program on YouTube.
RSVP by 4.15.22 
  We are accepting prize donations from individuals and businesses. Click below to donate a prize. 
Arch Street Center is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Lancaster, PA supporting the recovery of adults living with serious mental illness by providing support, recreation, and meals in a safe and nurturing environment. For more information on our services, contact Arch Street Center at or 717-392-8536.

Lebanon County Mental Health

Recovery‐Oriented Mental Health Services
Friday, May 20, 2022
9:00am‐4:00pm—FREE to attend!
Learning Outcomes:
-Gain a basic understanding of “A Call for Change” document
-Learn Pennsylvania’s definition of recovery and actions that promote recovery
-Understand how to apply the 10 Guiding Principles of Mental Health Recovery within your provider role
-Recognize and practice using Person‐First language
– Identify the recovery‐focused roles of the individual, the professional and the family
-Learn what it means to be a recovery‐oriented provider and how to apply to concepts of recovery in all interactions

Location: Lebanon County Mental Health
220 E Lehman St, Lebanon, PA 17046
Friday, May 20, 2022, 9am-4pm
Lunch Provided
To register for this FREE training, please contact:
Recovery InSight, Inc.
(877) 597‐9497 ext. 10
Or email: jabel@recovery‐
This training is supported and funded by Lebanon County MH/ID/EI.
Registration preference given to Lebanon County providers.