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Join us for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Erie and support Mental Health Association of NW PA
The 2013 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Erie will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Presque Isle State Park. Onsite Registration and Check-In begin at 7:45 a.m.
The 5K walk will start at 9:00 a.m. and the 1 Mile Fun Walk will start at 9:15 a.m.
Participants can look forward to:
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"Seeking the approval of my Father" Father/son relationship
Brian McLaughlin writes in this essay, that the questions about his relationship with his father have been resolved. "In the end I learned something very important. Dad thinks I am more than enough just for showing up." Read this very touching essay.
Black History Month Celebration
MHA celebrated Black History Month on Feb 19th, 2013. Keeping with this year's theme "Building a Brighter Future through Education and Diversity", Eric Jackson, a graduate student at Edinboro University, produced an event that included voter registration, community service awards, guest speakers, spiritual music and refreshments.
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A quick guide to some housing resources for people experiencing homelessness
Congratulations to Zlata!
Congratulations to Zlata Dzambic on graduating from Treatment Court on
Dec 20, 2012. We have seen so much growth in Zlata’s recovery from a year ago. Zlata has kept all of her Treatment Court requirements; she attends AA meetings on a regular basis, and shares her story freely with others in the hope to help them. Zlata is a very strong, caring and respectful person with great compassion towards other peers and give each and every one of them hope for the future. Her family and friends support and believe in her 100%. We believe that she will go far in her recovery with all the love and support from all of her family and friends here within the MHA. We couldn’t be more proud of Zlata for all of her accomplishments she has had in the last year. We believe that Zlata will go far in her life if she continues on the recovery path that she is on today.
MHA Board Pres. & Johnston Evergreen Nursery Help Beautify the Property
MHA Board President Missi Berquist and MHA volunteers planted new lilies donated by Johnston Evergreen Nursery
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Support group for people with mental illness and addiction
Gain strength and hope for a brighter future by meeting with others suffering with mental illness and addiction. Share your experience and help others learn to cope with their disease. 1st meeting is Tuesday, October 16 at 2:00PM
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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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.
Suicide Prevention for Parents
A Parent Education Workshop, Suicide Prevention for Parents, is being held May 13, 2013 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. Location: Blasco Memorial Library, Erie, PA. This event is presented by the Erie County Department of Health, Safe Kids Erie Coordinator.
VA Family & Friends Support Group
Family & Friends Support group will give you an opportunity to talk about the stressors associated with supporting someone with mental health issues. Receive feedback from others in similar situations and ask questions regarding mental health issues. The group is co-led by a fellow family member of a Veteran with mental health issues and a BHC staff member.
2013 Spirituality Conf May 8, 2013
Deadline for registration is Apr 22, 2013 for the 11th Annual Spiritualilty & Mental Health Recovery Conference. The brochure gives an overview of the conference, parking suggestions and the registration form.
NAMI of Erie County Garage Sale
NAMI of Erie County announced a garage sale being held on May 3rd and May 4th, 2013 at Connectco Electric, 3716 McClelland Ave, Erie 16510. Drop off items at NAMI of Erie County, 1611 Peach St Ste 105 or Connectco Electric, 3716 McClelland Ave, Erie, PA. For more information call NAMI at 814.456.1773.
World Aids Day 2012
World Aids Day 2012 was celebrated here at the MHANP on Dec 4, 2012. World Aids Day is dedicated to raising awareness of AIDS and the spread of HIV infection. This international event has been celebrated in the USA since 1995. The greater Erie community has recognized and celebrated the event since 2007.
Evan Csir, a post-graduate student at Edinboro University, participated in the 2012 event and offers his reflections.
DRA meeting (Dual Recovery Annonymous): Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Please pass the word around and encourage those with Dual (addiction and mental health) issues to attend. Once they do, I’m sure they will find it a tremendous support.
Temple University Seeks Participants in Survey
The Temple University Collaborative invites you to participate in a new survey that seeks to gather input from individuals with psychiatric disabilities about the resources and services that would help them to achieve their weight loss goals.
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Empathy as a College Suicide Prevention Strategy
Congratulations to Dori Hutchinson, Sc.D.,BU CPR (Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation) Director of Services on the publication of "Empathy as a College Suicide Prevention Strategy" in the College Health in Action Newsletter.
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Member Advisory Committee (MAC) Meetings for Community Care Members in Erie County
Community Care Members are invited to attend a MAC Meeting. Community Care is a non-profit company that manages mental health as well as drug and alcohol treatment services for Members (people with Medical Assistance under the HealthChoices program).
All of the MAC meetings for Erie
County Members are held at:
1101 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16501
Monday, February 11, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Metered parking may be available off of West 11th St. between State and Peach Streets. One quarter or one token pays for 20 minutes of parking.
Family Advisory Committee (FAC) Meetings for families of Community Care Members in Erie County
Family members (are 18 and older) of Community Care members who are currently covered by Medical Assistance through Pennsylvania' HealthChoices Program may attend a FAC meeting.
Meetings are held at the Erie County Blasco Library (Admiral Room), 160 E Front St., Erie PA 16507.
12:00PM to 1:00PM
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.
PFLAG Erie & Crawford February Chapter Meeting
Free and open to the community, the a meeting is on Feb 18, 2013 from 6-8PM at the Community United Church, 1011 W 38th St., Erie PA 16508.
The following meeting of PFLAG is set for Feb 11, 2013 at 7:00PM. Location: Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie, 7180 New Perry Highway, Erie PA 16508
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.