The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

September 6, 2013

Uw-led group's focus on behavioral illness

---- — Mental illness can be difficult to talk about.

Key mental health care providers in the area have made it their mission to “Stamp Out Stigma” by getting the conversation ball rolling.

The SOS campaign group includes local key experts in the mental health field who have come up with a plan to share with the community what they know about mental and behavioral illnesses.

By presenting updated facts, they hope to wipe out common misconceptions floating around so people will seek help for a mental illness of their own or a loved one.

“A simple call to 2-1-1 or a referral to a local provider can make a tremendous difference in the life of someone who would not otherwise reach out for help,” Jim Micsky, executive director, United Way of Mercer County, said.

The group includes key mental health experts from Community Counseling Center, UPMC Horizon, and Sharon Regional Behavioral Health Services, supported by the county United Way. Other mental health providers who want to be a part of the initiative would be welcome with open arms, Micsky said.

The campaign is already in full swing.

They have spread the message to several hundred people within the last month. The Reynolds and Farrell school districts called on the SOS campaign group to speak to staff, faculty and students. Several meetings have been scheduled with church groups and organizations such as the boy scouts.

The SOS group met Thursday at the United Way office in Hermitage to discuss the short, concise presentation they are offering to any group or organization who want to make sure their members or employees get the help they need, ensuring that full confidentiality is in play and there will not be any repercussions.

The message focuses on three R’s: Recognize, Reeducate and Reduce.

Recognize the signs of mental illness so you can seek help for yourself or loved ones.

Text Only
Local News
  • News briefs from July 26, 2014

    Man faces bomb threat charges

    June building tops $4 million in Hermitage

    July 26, 2014

  • Elderly man survives plane crash

    An elderly man survived wrecking his plane into a bank, then landing into a wetland, about 200 feet south of Runway 28 at Grove City Regional Airport in Springfield Township on Friday.

    July 26, 2014

  • Dontae Rashad Pinkins Man arrested for April gunfight

    Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April gunfight with another man in a Sharon alley.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing changed in starving case

    The time and place for the preliminary hearing of a Greenville mom accused of starving and beating her 7-year-old young son has been changed.

    July 26, 2014

  • Schell working on mural Drawn to Mexico

    Jason Schell probably is not exaggerating when he says that millions of people have seen his art.

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Farrell man, 24, arrested on warrant in connection with April shooting

    Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April shootout in Sharon.

    Pinkins, 24, of Farrell, is in Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond on gun charges.

    Additional details to follow.

    July 25, 2014

  • Firm will study timing of traffic signals

    Hermitage commissioners on Wednesday hired Whitman, Requardt and Associates LLP to study the timing scheme of traffic signals along parts of Hermitage Road and East State Street.

    July 25, 2014

  • 3 area fire depts. awarded grants

    Three area fire departments will share in more than $590,000 in grants meant to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced.

    July 25, 2014

  • One suspect in home shooting is jailed

    The first of three suspects police say were involved in an attempted robbery that ended in a shooting is in jail.

    July 25, 2014

  • Dancing kids K.I.D.S. day

    Hoping to reach children at just the right age, when they are old enough to understand but not past the point where it may be too late, Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission counselors held an “alternative activities” day at the courthouse Thursday, complete with music and dancing, hot dogs and treats, games and T-shirts.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Better security Grant available to boost security in district courts

    County officials are looking to quickly upgrade security systems in the five district judge offices, not due to an increase in risk, but because current systems are antiquated and there is a short window to apply for some financial help with the costs.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Officials split over selling older monitors

    What to do with a pile of older LCD computer monitors, keyboards and mice remains up in the air until the third, and often absent, county commissioner makes a decision.

    July 24, 2014

  • Police anxious to talk with victim

    Sharon police want to talk to a West Hill man about several other men who came to his house shortly before he was shot and critically wounded Tuesday.

    July 24, 2014

  • AED presentation Heart-friendly pool

    The Lackawannock-Shenango-West Middlesex Pool has some pretty obvious changes from when it was opened almost 46 years ago.

    July 24, 2014 4 Photos

  • Sharon man 'stable' after being shot in his West Hill home

    A Sharon man was in stable condition this morning after being shot by one of several men he had let into his West Hill home, police said.

    July 23, 2014