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Mental Health Is Good Health

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mental health is essential to overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally – it's important to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.

May is Mental Health Month. Founded in 1949 by Mental Health America, the initiative raises awareness of the connection between physical health and mental health. The theme this year is #4Mind4Body.

Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES) has been helping those in need in Southeastern Pennsylvania for more than 40 years. MCES provides round-the-clock intensive and comprehensive emergency behavioral health services while maintaining and respecting the rights and dignity of those served. Our goal is to "Build Better Tomorrows."

We have learned that a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help people recover from these conditions. For those dealing with a chronic health condition and the people who care for them, it can be especially important to focus on mental health.

When dealing with dueling diagnoses, focusing on both physical and mental health concerns can be daunting – but critically important in achieving overall wellness. There are things you can do that may help. Finding a reason to laugh, going for a walk with a friend, meditating, playing with a pet, or working from home once a week can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy.

The company of animals – whether as pets or service animals— can have a profound impact on a person's quality of life and ability to recover from illnesses. A pet can be a source of comfort and can help us to live mentally healthier lives. And whether you go to church, meditate daily, or simply find time to enjoy that cup of tea each morning while checking in with yourself – it can be important to connect with your spiritual side in order to find that mind-body connection.

Carol's Place, our residential program, provides short-term, consumer-centered treatment in a supportive, home-like environment to adults experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis. Carol's Place, located in Norristown, provides support that recognizes that recovery is based on a sense of hope, is achievable and is an individualized, ongoing process.

We want everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is always the goal. Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. Finding the balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, physical health and mental health, can help you on the path towards focusing both #4Mind4Body

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Carol's Place Staffer Honored

Friday, March 29, 2019

Long-time Carol's Place staffer Pat Roddy was recognized for his many years of outstanding service and support at the MAX ( Managing Agencies toward Service Excellence) on March 27.

Carol's Place is the MCES Crisis Residential Program (CRP) which was renamed last year in memory of the late Carol Caruso, who directed the program for several years. Pat came on board very soon after the program started twenty-five years ago and is its longest term employee.

Pat's skills, personality, and experience significantly contribute to Carol's Place's mission of helping its clients to start on, stay on, or move further along the road to recovery.

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Study Finds That Parents Are Unaware That Their Children Think About Death

Monday, January 21, 2019

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:   

Many parents whose teens have thought about suicide don't know it, CHOP/Penn study finds

Half of parents whose teenagers have had thoughts of suicide don't know it, and more than three-quarters of parents are unaware that their youngsters think a lot about death, according to a new study.

Based on a survey of more than 5,000 children ages 11 to 17 and their parents or guardians, the study by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania researchers is believed to be the largest of its kind to date. The findings, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, come at a time when suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents and the rates for children age 10 to 14 are also on the rise.

"We identified that really large numbers of parents were unaware that their youth were thinking about killing themselves, and 75 percent did not know their kids were thinking a lot about death and dying," said Rhonda Boyd, a study coauthor and clinical psychologist with CHOP.

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Legislation Addresses Outpatient Treatment

Saturday, November 10, 2018

In late October, Governor Wolf signed House Bill 1233 establishing a framework for assisted outpatient treatment in Pennsylvania.

This legislation seeks to develop a new avenue for needed court-ordered outpatient treatment in addition to existing avenues of involuntary evaluations, hospitalizations, and outpatient commitments.

The bill's primary sponsor was Representative Tom Murt of Hatboro, a strong mental health advocate. In introducing this legislation, Rep. Murt's intent was to put a pathway to needed care in place before an individual with serious mental illness became a potential danger to himself or to others. This has become known as Assisted Outpatient Treatment. Over 40 states now have similar legislation.

The new law amends the Mental Health Procedures Act of 1976. It creates a process for mandated outpatient care for persons felt to be at risk of rehospitalization, incarceration, or harm to self or others because of not maintaining indicated mental health treatment.
Counties have the option of implementing AOT.

The PA Department of Human Services is developing regulations, policies, and procedures for use by counties. The Montgomery County Office of Mental Health is currently reviewing the legislation.

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