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From an All American Family to Heroin Addiction: An MHASWPA Employee Shares Her Story
 
 
I know all about the opioid epidemic that is hitting our region with a vengeance, not just professionally but personally. As a member of the MHASWPA team, I am using both my personal and professional knowledge to make a difference in the lives of people in our region suffering from this tragic epidemic.
 
Before embarking on a career in social work, I raised three sons in what could be described as a Norman Rockwell painting. Dad was an engineer and I was a stay at home mom. I baked bread and home schooled the elementary school boys who were altar boys at the local Catholic Church. It seemed like the perfect family.  CONTINUE READING

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He jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge. And Survived.

Don't miss this special screening of the new inspirational documentary SUICIDE: THE RIPPLE EFFECT followed by an engaging discussion.This event is scheduled for April 4 at 7:30 pm at AMC Theater, Westmoreland Mall, Greensburg, PA.

We need your help to make this happen! The event will only take place if enough people to reserve tickets before the registration deadline. People will only be charged for the ticket if we’re successful in getting at least the minimum number of reservations needed for the screening to happen. 

Tickets can be reserved here: RESERVE TICKETS FOR APRIL 4

Reserve your tickets now, and share this announcement!!

Hosted by: Mental Health America of Southwestern PA and

Ray of Hope Suicide Awareness and Prevention Task Force

Questions? 724-834-6351 ext. 118

 

Online Screenings: Test Your Mental Health

Do you not “feel like yourself?” Are you going through some difficult life changes? Have you noticed shifts in your feelings, thoughts or behaviors? Take the mental health screening below to find out if you should seek additional support.

National MHA's screening tool currently hosts 9 screens: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, Alcohol and Substance use, a Youth and Parent screen, a Work Health Survey, and a Psychosis screen. Your score does not indicate that you have one of these diagnoses, simply that you may have some of the uncomfortable feelings associated with the disorders.

Once you have taken the screening and received your score, return to the MHA-SWPA website for additional resources.

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If you or someone you know is in crisis now, seek help immediately.  Please refer to our HOW TO GET HELP page for local and regional resources or dial 911 for immediate assistance.

Our Year in Review

Our new name better reflects our regional presence, and other changes are afoot as well.  Recognizing that individuals with mental health disorders experience substance use at higher rates, MHASWPA cannot ignore the substance use and opioid epidemic hitting our communities.  In an effort to adapt to this need, MHASWPA has revised its mission to include substance use.  Revising the agency’s mission to include substance use is the first of many steps in becoming more responsive to the changing needs of the community and propelling us forward as we strive to develop programs in key areas of both mental health and substance use.

See our new Mission Statement as part of our YEAR IN REVIEW 2017.