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NDSD: A Yearly Event with a Daily Calling

Imagine a world where we can “call in sick” because our depression is worsening or because anxiety is peaking to a point of emotional and physical paralysis. A world where we can fearlessly acknowledge our mental health challenges and receive support rather than skepticism or judgment. In our society, we are afforded sick days to treat varying physical health conditions, but it is “invisible” pains that create hesitance. Mental health stigma promotes a falsehood that proof is needed to justify anguish. This year more than ever is important for centering our mental health needs. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), nearly eight in 10 adults identified the coronavirus pandemic as a significant source of stress in their lives. Locally, we witness the daily weight of gun violence, poverty, systemic racism, and trauma. However, we can all contribute towards promoting mental wellness in big and small ways. Each year, National Depression Screening Day provides an opportunity to break stigma and recognize mental wellness matters. Behavioral health partners offer multiple sites to receive free behavioral screenings along with valuable resources and the support of trained professionals. We can use Oct. 7 as an opportunity to take a behavioral health screening, reach out to loved ones, or normalize mental health challenges, whether someone else’s or, most importantly, our own. Although this reflection [...]

2021-10-14T13:18:43-04:00October 7th, 2021|Awareness, Depression|

Remembering Life: Infant Loss and Grief

One of the toughest questions I have to answer often as a mother is, “How many children do you have?” I never thought such a simple question could turn my world upside down. If I am in a good place mentally, I might reply, “Do you want the real answer?”   I was one of those people who did things according to plan: met a great guy, dated for a while, got engaged, got married, and then got pregnant… quickly. Everything was going according to my plan. I now look back at those times and cringe because I was so innocent and unaware. Life is not always simple. It doesn’t always go according to plan.  I was about to learn some hard truths in a real way.  We planned a family gender reveal for the night of my 20 week anatomy scan, expecting the sex of our baby to be the focus of the appointment. But during the scan, a leg abnormality was found on my son.  I didn’t want to rob our families of the excitement of finding out the sex of the FIRST grandbaby, so I masked my fear at the party that night. Thinking back, this was when my journey of strength truly began. While I wanted to lay in bed and cry, I pulled it together. I [...]

2021-10-01T09:30:40-04:00October 1st, 2021|Family & Youth, Women's Health|

Recovery Month Reflections

As we come to the close of Recovery Month, it has become ever clearer how fitting this year’s theme was: Recovery is for Everyone: Every Individual, Every Family, Every Community. As the executive director of The Council of Southeast PA and PRO-ACT, I have the privilege of hearing so many recovery stories and, this year in particular, the truth of that statement is powerful. Knowing how important gratitude is to recovery, I would like to acknowledge and share deep appreciation for those who worked tirelessly to ensure our region has a deep and resilient recovery community. Those of us working in recovery-oriented organizations owe a debt of gratitude to those who had a vision for a different way forward and helped create a new way of understanding a community approach to recovery. Here in Southeastern PA, those individuals include my predecessor at The Council, Beverly Haberle; former DBHIDS Commissioner Dr. Arthur Evans, who is now CEO of the American Psychological Association; and current DBHIDS Deputy Commissioner Roland Lamb, to name a few.  Roland retires at the end of this month, so I also want to extend my deep thanks to him for his support and leadership – and to the support he has extended to our organization It is truly an exciting time to be leading an organization that provides [...]

2021-09-27T12:56:11-04:00September 27th, 2021|Addiction & Recovery|

Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community

Each year during National Recovery Month, we celebrate those who have faced adversity from mental health or substance use challenges. We typically use this month to encourage others who may be struggling, reflect on our own recoveries, and educate those seeking to support others. This month is a reminder that at the core of recovery are individuals actively working on themselves. Every individual’s story and reasons for being in recovery should be acknowledged as their truths. Recovery can be unique to each person. We need to elevate those individuals, celebrate their successes, and support them when needed. Every individual is entitled to the opportunity for recovery. In Philadelphia, we have a recovery-oriented system of care that encourages long-term support and recognizes that individuals may follow many pathways to recovery. Throughout the city, there are treatment options to support an individual’s recovery including evidenced-based practices, acute settings, and long-term resources. Recovery is not typically an isolated process. Those closest to the individual can be involved in many ways. Family and close friends provide significant support and necessary connections. Being a reliable caregiver for those in recovery requires preparedness, knowledge of the resources, and a desire to support even when things are difficult. An available, reliable caregiver can help improve chances of ongoing recovery. That individual now has someone to reach for [...]

2021-09-22T16:44:54-04:00September 22nd, 2021|Addiction & Recovery|
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