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With Her Candor, Osaka Adds to Conversation About Mental Health

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Naomi Osaka's withdrawal this week from the French Open stunned tennis. But her decision was also a potent example of a movement among elite athletes to challenge the age-old notion that they are, and must be, as peerless in mind as they are in body, untroubled by the scourge of mental illness.

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With Her Candor, Osaka Adds to Conversation About Mental Health

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National Suicide Rate Declines From 2019 to 2020

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that data from the National Vital Statistics System shows that suicide deaths dropped 5.6 percent from 2019 (47,511) to 2020 (44,834). Researchers said the decline was a reason for "cautious optimism." 

But while the preliminary numbers point toward a shift in the right direction, it's important to recognize that it "may not be a decrease for all groups," said Mary Ann Murtha, director of the Philadelphia area chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on some populations, she said.

"When the CDC starts to analyze the data on age, gender, race, social determinants like income levels, and did the community have the most appropriate access to health care, we will have a better view," she said.

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Study Finds Half Of American Workers Suffering From Mental Health Issues

Friday, February 12, 2021

A study by The Standard insurance company found that nearly half of American workers have been suffering from mental health issues since the Covid-19 pandemic began, at a significant cost to their well-being and potentially to their employer's bottom line.

About 46% of the more than 1,400 workers surveyed at the end of last year reported that they were struggling with mental health issues, compared to 39% a year earlier. And more than half of workers, 55%, said a mental health issue had affected them more since the pandemic began.

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Identifying And Treating Complicated Grief

Monday, January 11, 2021

Persons with serious mental illness are at high risk of complicated grieving because they lose many peers to illness and suicides, have fewer support resources, and depleted coping skills.

In addition, though increasingly trauma aware, providers may not be grief-oriented. Insufficient attention to the bereavement and grief of patients causes some to become disenfranchised grievers which impairs their recovery prospects.

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Carol's Place Residents Will Appreciate Your Support

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

MCES has done its best to manage the challenges of 2020. We have kept exposure to COVID-19 to a minimum. We have drawn on all available sources to offset our lower census and additional costs. However, we now have fewer resources available for items needed by patients who are not covered by insurance.

Carol's Place, our crisis residential program, is an example. It offers recovery-oriented care in a homelike setting. It is "Where Hope Grows." But most of those it serves do not come from home and arrive with few belongings.

We supply most of the over 300 residents served annually with pajamas, bathrobes, slippers and other personal articles, which most lack, or they make do with hospital gowns and flip-flops from recent inpatient stays.

Please keep Carol's Place residents in mind as you make charitable contributions. A tax-deductible donation in any amount will be appreciated. Thank you.

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Thank You

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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Suicide Prevention

See MCES’s 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy

  • Suicide Attempt Survivor Support Resources in SE Pennsylvania
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