About Janine Monico

Janine Monico is a digital marketing consultant who has managed the Healthy Minds Philly initiative website since 2015.

International Overdose Awareness Day

Did you know that drug overdose rates are increasing sharply year after year and resulted in about 100,000 deaths in 2021 – compared with only 11,000 overdose deaths in 1999, according to the National Safety Council?  Opioids play a role in about 70 percent of these deaths. And it’s so important to understand that pills and other substances you might get off the streets – including marijuana – may be laced with fentanyl or other addictive components. So why are people subjecting themselves to these substances and why are others [...]

2023-08-23T14:33:17-04:00August 17th, 2023|Addiction & Recovery|

“Pardon me, but it’s not supposed to be everlasting punishment!”

Release from custody and supervision should bring relief! After release, returning citizens regain their freedom, reunite with friends and family, and start working towards their life goals. However, what should be a small setback for “correction” becomes, for many, a long-lasting punishment. This is due to the secondary consequences of a criminal record.  The American Bar Association says criminal records nationwide can raise over 40,000 barriers for returning citizens. It may be hard to get a job, go back to school, or get stable housing. It may be hard to [...]

2023-08-02T11:34:41-04:00August 1st, 2023|Awareness, Community, Support|

What’s the deal with self-care?

You’ve probably heard the term “self-care” tossed around, but you may have no real concept of what it is. If so, you are not alone. What self-care actually is – versus what society insinuates it should be – are two different things to many of us. Self-care can be defined as broadly as “care for oneself” (Merriam-Webster) or as specifically as “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress” (Oxford English Dictionary).  I would argue that most of [...]

2023-07-19T13:53:01-04:00July 24th, 2023|Self-Help|

Barriers to Minority Mental Health and Microaggressions

The word “minority” might be confusing, and that is OK. Minority refers to people who are Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC). BIPOC people have a higher risk of having a mental illness. BIPOC people have historically and presently had to deal with stress and unfairness. Also, they very often have limited access to proper health care. This contributes to anxiety and depression. When BIPOC people want to get help, they often have a harder time finding support. Here are some things that can be done. Individual Level [...]

2023-07-19T15:41:09-04:00July 3rd, 2023|Racial Equity|
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