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Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Thursday marks the beginning of the holiday season, when, on Thanksgiving Day, we join with friends and family to remember all for which we are thankful.

MHAPA is getting a head start by giving thanks this year for the people and organizations that promote and support mental health recovery. In October, we launched the I'm the Evidence/Mental Health Campaign (ITE/MH) to promote awareness of recovery and celebrate those who experience and support it. This month, we invite you to honor those in your family, workplace, or community who help others on their recovery journeys, whether it’s your own journey, or that of a friend, family member, coworker, or even a stranger. Download and print the ITE/MH poem and share it around your Thanksgiving table or give a copy to the people for whom you are grateful.

On October 21, President Obama announced the plan to withdrawal United States troops from Iraq by year’s end. As we look forward to their return, we remain aware that the mental health needs of veterans are very real and very serious. More than ever before, many of these veterans are women, whose experiences in combat are different than their male counterparts. The Women Who Return looks at the mental health issues facing women veterans and the increasing need for programs and services that address them. 

In this Newsfeed, we also thank Sherry Snyder, outgoing acting deputy secretary of the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), for her commitment to the people of Pennsylvania, and welcome Blaine Smith, OMHSAS’ new deputy secretary.

MHAPA wishes you a peaceful holiday season, whatever form the holidays take for you. We also encourage you to be aware that this time of year is difficult for many people. As life gets busier, please remember to take a moment to reach out to your neighbor, who may need a helping hand or supportive ear during the season. Thank you!

Sue Walther
Executive Director

P.s. This month, The Newsfeed introduces a new section called Tips & Tools for Non Profits, a periodic feature that focuses on information for non-profit organizations. Thank you to Aaron Kalis, senior accountant at the accounting firm of Huber & Associates, for his article Preventing and Detecting Fraud in Non Profits: Misappropriation of Assets.


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