Pennsylvania launches new initiative to bolster mental health

Citing a study that found that one million adult Pennsylvanians struggled with serious psychological distress at least once in 2015, the Wolf Administration has launched a new mental health initiative that includes more resources and public outreach.

Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters is a multi-agency effort that aims to strengthen mental health care access, prepare state agencies and workers to help and reach out, increase the support and resources for children and young adults, and combat mental health stigmas.

The program is somewhat modeled after the state’s efforts to help those impacted by the opioid crisis.

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss the initiative are Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller, Democratic State Representative Michael Schlossberg of Lehigh County, Dan Jurman, Executive Director of Office of Advocacy and Reform, and Govan Martin, Executive Director of Prevent Suicide PA.

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