About Janine Monico

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

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|

Mindfulness and Joy

Video Transcription: In the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, the main character played by Will Smith was often seen running - running from one station to the next in his pivotal pursuit of that which could make him happy. I personally thought the movie should have been called Running. I read quote somewhere that said, as a culture we have become so obsessed with the pursuit of happiness, yet in the process, we kind of overlook joy. While some may say that joy and happiness are the same. Some may differ. I kind of think that happiness is a measure of how good we feel over time, while joy is how we feel in the present moment. Like when you notice a multicolored rainbow in the sky, and you smile. Or when you notice a toddler who suddenly interrupts their play and starts dancing when they hear a beat, you laugh, or maybe join in with the joyous moment. Joy is a primary component in our emotional and physical well-being. Joy allows us to have moments of appreciation, contentment, gratitude, and a sense of self confidence. On a scientific level, we feel joy in our bodies, when something makes us feel joy our brain release neurotransmitters that are responsible for processes and feelings in almost every aspect of the body, [...]

2021-09-10T17:06:43-04:00September 10th, 2021|Mental Health, Self-Help|

Connection Can Save Lives

Realizing a friend is struggling with suicide can feel scary and overwhelming. It can feel impossible to pull someone from those depths. Recently, I found myself in a similar situation with a close friend. Life seemed to be getting busier for both of us. What I didn’t realize was that my friend was actively withdrawing from those around him. He was still reeling from the death of his father and his romantic relationship ending all while starting a new job in a strenuous field. During this time, I extended my sympathies and tried to be empathetic, but he didn’t seem interested in anything deeper than surface level conversations.  I felt a distance growing between us. I was concerned about him, but it wasn’t until I received a frantic message from a family member who explained how pervasive his withdrawal has been. That is when I started to feel scared, overwhelmed, and worried that I missed my opportunity to “save him.” I reached out several times without luck. It wasn’t until I connected with him in person that we were able to talk about what has been going on. He was struggling with thoughts of suicide and most of what he expressed I already knew, but what I didn’t know is that the absence of connection also played into his slow [...]

2021-09-22T16:18:38-04:00September 3rd, 2021|Lived Experience, Suicide Prevention|
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