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 or for immediate food assistance, Feeding Pennsylvania at and Hunger-Free Pennsylvania at 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 this information in Spanish.center_img April 24, 2020last_img read more

SB 185 passes house and senate

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of a bill requiring a refresher training course for law enforcement officers.Senate Bill 185, sponsored by Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) would establish a training refresher course for officers who have already graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy but were inactive for two or more years.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.According to Frye, the bill establishes training guidelines when long-term breaks occur for reserve officers, full-time officers, and students that are paying their way through the training academy while also attending school.The bill has been approved by the House of Representatives and Senate and awaits a signature from the governor.last_img read more

Wales Out to Inflict More Pain on Portugal

first_imgIt will be virgin territory for Wales when they face Portugal in the Euro 2016 semifinals yet their opponents could be forgiven a sense of deja vu as they step on to the pitch in Lyon this evening.This will be Portugal’s fourth semifinal in the last five editions of the competition stretching back to 2000, but for all their success in reaching the latter stages of the tournament, there has been little glory along the way.Only once have they overcome the last-four hurdle and then they were beaten in the final by Greece as hosts at Euro 2004. If you include their defeat in the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup and a loss at the Euros in 1984, they are becoming all too familiar with the pitfalls of this stage of major tournaments.Portugal’s conquerors in their recent last-four clashes have included football powerhouses France, at Euro 2000 and the World Cup in 2006, and Spain at Euro 2012.Should they lose to Wales, playing their first major tournament in 58 years and their first ever semifinal, it would be a devastating blow.Yet Wales are arguably the form team coming into the match.Chris Coleman’s side have revelled in their underdog status to win their group, which also included England, Russia and Slovakia, ease out British rivals Northern Ireland in the last 16 and sweep past heavy favourites Belgium in the quarters.Portugal is yet to win a match at the tournament inside 90 minutes, having drawn all three group games, beaten Croatia in extra time and squeezed past Poland on penalties.Things are yet to click for Portugal, and by extension for captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who has at times looked exasperated by his teammates’ attacking shortcomings.Yet Portugal is unbeaten in 12 competitive internationals since Fernando Santos took over as coach at the start of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.With Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammate Pepe marshalling an increasingly assured defence, they will be tough to break down.Especially for a Wales side deprived of one of their most talented creative influences in midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who is suspended after picking up a booking in the win over Belgium.While Gareth Bale has been Wales’s attacking talisman, scoring three times to lift them out of their group, Ramsey has been arguably their most influential player, scoring one and producing four assists in the run to the last four.The match is likely to be billed as a contest between the two most expensive players in the world – Ronaldo, who will play a record third European Championship semifinal, and his Real Madrid teammate Bale.Perhaps ominously for Wales, Ronaldo has netted twice in each of his last two games in Lyon for club and country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

African Games: Deborah Acquah wins silver medal in Women’s Long Jump

first_imgDeborah Acquah secured a silver medal for Ghana at the 2019 African Games with a jump of 6.37m in the second round of the Women’s Long Jump, at the Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex, Rabat, Morocco.Acquah, becomes the second Ghanaian to win silver at the competition, which has Ghana gathered 11 medals so far.The 23-year-old multiple talent who doubles as a member of the female relay team fell behind, Nigeria’s Brume Ese who had a jump of 6.69m, to win the gold medal, whilst Lynique Beneke of South Africa won the third position with 6.30m.Acquah, was part of the female relay team that missed an opportunity to win a medal after making it to the finals 400*100 relay on Wednesday.The win comes just two days after Ghana won gold in the men’s 4×100 meters relay at the 2019 African Games in Morocco on Wednesday.Team Ghana, with the quartet consisting of Joseph Paul Amoah, Benjamin Azamati, Martin Owusu-Antwi, and Sean Safo-Antwi, tallied 38.30 seconds to bag the gold medal. Nigeria finished second with a time of 38.59 seconds while the bronze medal was taken by South Africa, whose team finished the race in 38.80 seconds.last_img read more

Driver accused of trying to crash into deputies during pursuit

first_imgA 39-year-old man was arrested early this morning after allegedly leading Clark County sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit near the Barberton area, and repeatedly trying to crash into patrol vehicles.At about 7:45 a.m. a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officer attempted to stop a black Infiniti that was driving erratically in the 16400 block of Northeast 72nd Avenue, according to a sheriff’s office news release.The same vehicle was also reported to 911 for suspected DUI minutes earlier in the area of Northeast St. Johns Road and Northeast 88th Street.The driver refused to stop and went down a private driveway, where he drove around houses, into yards and fields, and toward the Fish and Wildlife officer, the news release states.Deputies responded and located the Infiniti driving on Northeast 72nd Avenue. The vehicle intentionally drove toward a patrol vehicle, prompting the deputy to swerve to avoid colliding. The Infiniti then drove toward a second patrol vehicle; that deputy also avoided crashing, according to the sheriff’s office.last_img read more