Gov. Wolf: Mental Health Support is Vital and Available Amid Strain of COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgGov. Wolf: Mental Health Support is Vital and Available Amid Strain of COVID-19 Pandemic SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf has made mental health access a priority during his tenure, in January introducing Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, an initiative to remove barriers to mental health care and reduce stigma. Today at a daily briefing on the commonwealth’s work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor highlighted that the need for accessible mental health services is greater than ever.“We’re all in this fight against COVID-19 together and, as I’ve said many times, we all have a part to play,” Gov. Wolf said. “To be the strongest we can be in our efforts to ward off COVID-19, we need to ensure we are taking care of our mental health. So, please, if you need assistance, reach out.”It’s not unusual for people to feel anxious, alone and frightened, and for some, those feelings may be surfacing for the first time during this pandemic. The Wolf Administration today conveyed that it’s imperative for people to know where to turn for mental health needs.A 2017 study from the University of Southern California indicated that approximately 1 million adult Pennsylvanians struggled with serious psychological distress at least once in 2015. Of those adults, more than 27 percent had an unmet need for mental health care. That population includes 42 percent who did not receive mental health care because they could not afford it.According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half (45%) of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over COVID-19 with the burden likely to continue even as the pandemic’s threat diminishes.Mitigation efforts are necessary to saves lives, but are accompanied by difficulties that strain mental health, among them, job loss, social isolation, and a general sense of uncertainty.As unemployment compensation claims surpass 1.6 million, the commonwealth has taken steps to help to improve customer service and push out nearly $2.5 billion in claim payments to date. Additional staff from other agencies, new hires and the help of an automated virtual phone assistant have all been deployed to get people answers more quickly, process claims, and work to lessen one significant contributor to stress.Where lack of access to food is also a major stress point, Pennsylvanians can apply for SNAP and other helpful programs online at www.compass.state.pa.us or for immediate food assistance, Feeding Pennsylvania at www.feedingpa.org and Hunger-Free Pennsylvania at www.hungerfreepa.org are hubs of information for where people can get assistance in their communities. Also, Pennsylvanians who have found themselves food insecure as a result of COVID-19 can apply here for state and federal food assistance programs.With plans for statewide, regional Reach Out PA roundtables on hold due to social distancing and stay-at-home orders, the governor is reminding people that there are myriad resources, many free, and some focused specifically on COVID-related mental health needs.Available online resources:Pennsylvania’s comprehensive mental health resources, Mental Health in PA.Mental Health America for general information and COVID-19-specific resources.Get Help Now for substance use disorder and alcohol treatment.Helpful phone numbers:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)(As Dr. Levine provides in her daily briefings): The Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990Get Help Now for substance use disorder and alcohol treatment: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.View this information in Spanish.center_img April 24, 2020last_img read more

Pre-eclampsia predicted using test during pregnancy

first_imgPre-eclampsia is thought to affect 3-5% of pregnanciesA test carried out during pregnancy could predict which women will develop a potentially fatal condition called pre-eclampsia, scientists say.Presenting their study to the American Society of Nephrology, researchers said the test detected specific kidney cells in patients’ urine.Out of 15 women who developed pre-eclampsia, all tested positive for the cells.Experts say a simple, predictive test during pregnancy would be valuable.Warning signPre-eclampsia is a disorder which appears in the late stages of pregnancy and is characterised by high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, who presented their work to the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology, tested 300 womenDr Vesna Garovic assessed a test which detects the shedding of kidney cells called podocytes in the urine. The team had previously found podocytes present in patients with pre-eclampsia when they gave birth.In this study, all the women who went on to develop pre-eclampsia had podocytes in their urine, while none of the 15 who went on to develop high blood pressure or the 44 healthy pregnant women did.Although carried out on small numbers of women, the researchers say the test is highly accurate for predicting pre-eclampsia and could alert doctors early to the problem.Ann Marie Barnard, chief executive of Action on Pre-Eclampsia, said an accurate test would help many women.“A large number of the 1,500 women who call our helpline each year are terrified of becoming pregnant again because they have suffered pre-eclampsia, often with tragic results. Many do decide to go ahead with a new pregnancy anyway. “Any test which can predict whether they are going to get it again has to be welcomed – while it cannot stop the disease occurring, it would enable services to be more closely focused on them and more alert to signs of the disease developing.”And Andrew Shennan, professor of obstetrics at St Thomas Hospital in London, said: “Being able to use a simple accurate test in pregnancy, such as from a urine sample, would be valuable in identifying those women to watch closely. “Current tests are not reliable enough, and further work is needed to confirm these promising findings in larger groups.”BBC News Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Pre-eclampsia predicted using test during pregnancy by: – November 14, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share 13 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Rashford reacts to Ighalo’s Man Utd loan deal extension

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