Category Archives: Mental Health

PACES Connections = Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Roundup   formerly ACEs Connection
Filmmaker Tom Weidlinger   Filmmaker Tom Weidlinger confronts his own ACEs while discovering his father’s hidden past Paul Weidlinger, a structural engineer who worked with some of the 20th century’s most famous modern architects, never talked about the Holocaust. He never told anyone in the U.S., including his son, that he was a Jew. By Sylvia Paull, PACEs Connection writer       Hands cradling the feet of two infants NEW Parenting with PACEs resources! We know how hard parenting with PACEs can be. PACEs Connection supports you in your parenting journey, and we’re excited to announce that we have lots of resources for you. By Natalie Audage, PACEs Connection staff       Illustrations of electrical pulses in the brain. ACEs and the Resilient Brain Here are six additional keys to optimal brain health and function, including “Nature” pills, reducing stress, and addressing brain-damaging medical conditions.  By Glenn Schiraldi, PACEs Connection member       What seems . . . reasonable . . . . For people who grew up focusing on survival, it’s not a lack of hard work that keeps them from changing. Surviving ACEs took hard work. What they didn’t have was the luxury or safety to turn  their attention toward anything except day-to-day survival. By Ron Arnold, PACEs Connection member   NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE    
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The Future of 988 and its Role in the Child and Adolescent Crisis System March 23 2022

The Future of 988 and its Role in the Child and Adolescent Crisis System Wednesday, March 23, 2022
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Topics covered will include the implementation of “988” and its alignment with crisis prevention and response systems for children and youth. Presented by the:
Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center (MFPCC) Webinar Presenter:
Melinda J. Baldwin, Ph.D., LCSW, Division Director
Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) REGISTER

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Please be sure to add the meeting to your calendar to receive reminders. Purpose: Since 2004, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline has provided 24/7 service to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress by routing them to their nearest crisis center to receive immediate counseling and local mental health referrals.

There has been an increase in behavioral health crises among children and adolescents in the United States with nearly one in 10 children suffering from serious emotional disturbance (SED).
With SAMHSA’s focus on the availability of crisis services to anyone, anywhere and anytime, and the FCC designation of 988 as the new phone number for the national hotline in July 2020, there is an opportunity to shape how crisis response systems for children are built and implemented.
This webinar will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the anticipated rollout of 988 and its potential impact on the child and youth crisis prevention and response system. Objectives: By the end of the webinar, participants will:
Understand the rationale behind the implementation of 988.
Discuss the alignment of 988 with crisis system services.

Explore the future implications of 988 and its impact on the child and youth crisis prevention and response system.

Please share this notice with your networks and plan to participate.
We look forward to having you join us.

Understanding Childhood Trauma and How to Help Children/Teens Recover March 29 Webinar 1:00 – 2:30 EST March 29 Webinar 1:00 – 2:30 EST

 Understanding Childhood Trauma and How to Help Children/Teens Recover
Childhood trauma is a common and natural response to overwhelming events, yet most people are unaware of what it is and how it shows up in the life of a child. If you’re raising a child with big emotions and nothing you do seems to help, this webinar is for you! Our goal is to close the gap between the number of children suffering with trauma and the number of adults who know how to support them.

Some topics we will dive into are:
* The effects of loss and grief
* Death of a loved one due to Covid-19, drug overdose, or substance abuse
* Guidance for rebuilding trust with children impacted by traumaBeth Tyson’s presentation is designed for everyone, including prevention/mental health professionals and foster/kinship/adoptive families.

Check out Beth’s website to learn more about childhood trauma, and her book on Amazon.Click here for more information and to

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PennCares Upcoming Trainings

PennCares conducts researched-based trainings designed to assist caregivers, families, and professional individuals working in the field of human services.  PennCares provides trainings with excellent resources, current information, all in an engaging webinar format, which are fun, informative, and keeps the attention of participants.

March 30, 2022
This webinar is made possible through a generous
grant from the Memorial Health Fund

See additional trainings by clicking on Upcoming Trainings below!

SAMHSA Awards Vibrant Emotional Health the Grant to Administer 988 Dialing Code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

988 Available to All Americans in July 2022


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced Vibrant Emotional Health (Vibrant) will be the administrators of the new 988 dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline). A pair of the agency’s grants, totaling $48 million and including $32 million in Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 funding, will fund the effort to better harness technology to help Americans in mental health crisis and save more lives. Vibrant, in partnership with SAMHSA, has administered the Lifeline since its creation in 2005. This funding also supports the national Disaster Distress Helpline, a subnetwork of the Lifeline.

“The need for quick, easy and reliable access to emotional support and crisis counselling has never been greater. The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the stressors faced by Americans; too often, such stressors result in suicidal and mental health crises,” said Tom Coderre, Acting Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the interim head of SAMHSA. “These grants will work to expand the nation’s call centers’ capacity and technological readiness as the Lifeline’s shift to 988 becomes operational next summer. Until that launch, we ask anyone who needs help or who has a loved one at risk of suicide to call or chat with Lifeline operators at 1-800-273-8255.”

“This national three-digit phone number, 988, will be a step Continue reading →

“Mysteries of Mental Illness” | a special WITF event

mysteries of mental illness

“Explore the story of mental illness in science and society, tracing the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. Join WITF for a free documentary screening and panel discussion around Mysteries of Mental Illness Monday, June 21 at 7pm. Watch selected clips of Mysteries of Mental Illness, followed by a panel discussion exploring the topic with local experts.

“The four-part series examines the dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and give voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.”

WITF (public broadcasting) Monday, June 21 at 7pm

Click here to register

“Signs That It’s Time for Therapy” – The New York Times

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“The pandemic has taken an emotional toll on many of us. Perhaps the last year left you feeling depressed, anxious or ready to make a big life change.”

Click here to see suggestions from “experts about how to decide whether you would benefit from mental health counseling.”

“A Daughter Explores Her Father’s PTSD, From Vietnam Until Today” – NPR

Editor’s Note: NPR’s Kara Frame made this short documentary film, I Will Go Back Tonight, on the battles with PTSD that her father and his Vietnam War comrades have faced in the decades since they served. On Veterans Day, here’s their story, with an introduction from Kara.”


From “The short documentary film, I Will Go Back Tonight investigates the long-term effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on marital relationships of Vietnam veterans from the United States Army 5th Infantry Unit, the ‘bobcats’.”

by Tara Frame

“I first knew my dad, Tom Frame, was different when I was young, but I didn’t know exactly how. Every year when he marched in our Memorial Day Parade in Doylestown, Pa., I stood on the side of the road waving my tiny American flag with so much pride.

“He was my dad, my veteran.

“As a teenager, I began to learn about his time in Vietnam during the late 1960s. I heard about fallen men, fierce battles and something called post-traumatic stress disorder. I still didn’t fully grasp at that time what my father was living with, and it wasn’t until my late 20s that I was ready to dive into a project about my dad’s PTSD.

“The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 30 percent of all Vietnam veterans have suffered from PTSD, and the effects can last many years.

“When I began this project in 2014, I knew it would give me insight into my dad and his experiences in his early 20s, when he was fighting in Vietnam. I never anticipated the depth of understanding it would offer me into my mother and her life — standing by a veteran with deep-rooted trauma — and the role PTSD has played in their marriage.

“The documentary project follows the lives of my father and several other Vietnam veterans from his Army unit, the 1st Battalion, 5th (Mechanized) Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, who served together.

Click here to watch the 17 minute documentary, “I Will Go Back Tonight.”

“The veterans recount a terrible ambush at a rubber plantation in Ben Cui on Aug. 21, 1968. And their wives open up on how PTSD has affected their marriages in the decades since.”


“Why does ‘motional pain’ hurt?: ‘Hurt feelings’ is more than a metaphor.” – LiveScience

emotional pain

by Isobel Whitcomb

“When rock band R.E.M. belted out “Everybody hurts sometimes,” they weren’t singing about backaches or sprained ankles. They were, of course, referring to the intense pain our emotions can cause — like the pang of losing a cherished friend or the heaviness in your chest after a breakup. So why do we experience rejection and loss as literal heartache?

“The short answer: It helps us survive.

“Pain is a danger signal, said Geoff MacDonald, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. When you place your hand on a hot stove, for example, a network of neurons in your brain activates to send a message: Something is very wrong. ‘If you stub your toe, for a brief moment, your entire world is that toe,’ MacDonald told Live Science. ‘Pain is really good at disrupting attention and getting you singularly focused on making the bad thing stop.’

“From an evolutionary perspective, rejection is a really bad thing. For human ancestors, survival required a close social network, MacDonald said. ‘By cooperating, you can collect food better; you can protect against predators better,’ he said. ‘And obviously, if you’re not connected to other people, you’re going to have a hard time finding somebody to reproduce with.'”

Continue reading this article at LiveScience, click here.

“He Asked Strangers About Things They Regret Not Saying. The Replies Were Cathartic” – NPR


“The notes that really strike me are the ones that are talking directly to me or addressed to me,” Geloy Concepcion said about the submissions to his project. “These entries are not just confiding … they are talking directly from one human being to another. Every time I get those, they remind me that behind every note submitted is someone hoping I will read and listen to their sentiment.”Geloy Concepcion

by Julia Weng and Michele Abercrombie

“In 2018, Geloy Concepcion was going through a difficult time, having just immigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area from his home in Manila, Philippines. While his wife began working at a local café, he bore the responsibility of taking care of their daughter, leaving little time for his passion for photography.

“‘In the Philippines, I shot almost every day. And then when we moved here, my wife only had two days off. She said, “Maybe you can just use one day to go around and take pictures.” So my 365 days of taking pictures became like 48 days a year.’

“It was a change that led Concepcion to turn inwards, setting him on an unexpected path to exploring the sometimes harrowing and overwhelming feelings that can accompany loneliness — in his own life at first, and then in the lives of others following the onset of the pandemic. Nearly a year-and-a-half later, those reflections are the focus of a new collection from Concepcion called Things You Wanted To Say But Never Did.”

Read this NPR article in its entirety, click here.