Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

first_imgGov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day December 06, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Flag Order,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds fly at half-staff on Saturday, December 7, 2019, in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.The commonwealth flag shall be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Saturday, December 7, 2019. The United States flag has also been ordered to half-staff on this day in remembrance of the Americans who died during the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.last_img

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

Bennett takes first Stuart checkers

first_imgSTUART, Iowa (May 26) – Solomon Bennett won for the first time at Stuart Speedway, in Friday’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event.Bennett and David McQuiston led the field to green with Bennett getting the early lead. McQuiston and Jack Phillips ran second and third, but Bennett was running away with the race until a yellow came out on lap 12.Bennett never looked back on the restate and took his first-ever win at Stuart. McQuiston finished a ca­reer best second with Brandon Cox third.Other winners were Nick Roberts in the IMCA Modifieds, Brandon Pruitt in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Kody Havens in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and John Gill in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.last_img