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All It Takes Is One Person

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since its establishment in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has brought awareness to the challenges faced by millions of individuals living with mental health conditions and to celebrate recovery. As President Biden (2024) stated, it is also a time “…we recognize the bravery and resilience of the tens of millions of Americans living with mental health conditions, and we show our gratitude for the dedicated mental health professionals and devoted loved...

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MORE THAN BULL’S-EYE RASH AND JOINT PAIN: LYME DISEASE AND NEUROPSYCHIATRIC SYMPTOMS

May is both Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. What is the connection? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 476,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme Disease each year in the US. In 2022, the states with the highest number of Lyme disease cases were New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently alerted individuals, providers, and caregivers that reported Lyme disease cases have increased this spring and advised...

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Paris: Hearing Voices Conference

Thirty years ago, I minored in French as an undergraduate at Temple University. I have been dreaming of visiting France for decades. I decided to pursue an opportunity to lead a workshop at the 2023 World Hearing Voices Congress in Paris. However, I did not know how to fund this endeavor. About the same time my workshop proposal was accepted, a local organization awarded me a scholarship so I could go to Paris in October 2023. The blessing of being able to give a presentation on an...

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The Power of Gratitude in Your Life

November is National Gratitude Month. What is the meaning of Thanksgiving, gratitude, or giving thanks in your life? What does it look like for us today? The simple act of giving thanks can easily be overlooked in a world often bustling with the pursuit of progress and success. However, expressing gratitude is a powerful exercise that can benefit our well-being and the relationships we cherish. At its core, giving thanks is about acknowledging the positive aspects of our lives, big or small....

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The Role of Peer Support in Suicide Prevention

“Hardship often prepares ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” CS Lewis  (38 Quotes for People in Recovery, 2023). Confronted with overwhelming circumstances, many people have struggled with depression and thoughts of ending their life. Their life experience, however, can be a brilliant light of hope for others in the midst of darkness. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center welcomes insight from individuals with lived experience. Leah Harris, MA, a suicide attempt survivor...

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Accomplishments Fiscal Year 22/23

Voice and Vision is honored to have impacted the lives of thousands of people in Fiscal Year 22/23 through all our programs, a podcast, Help and Hope Guide, and social media. The impact was accomplished through the work of wonderful employees, board members, volunteers, consultants, partners, funders, and donors. Thank you to everyone who makes our work a success! Let’s celebrate each other as we move into Fiscal Year 23/24. Here are a few of the highlights from fiscal year 22/23: Voice...

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Awareness. Appreciation. Honor.

May is a month with over 100 celebrations, some for a day, a week, and some for the month. Here are a few: National Blessing Day, Wordsmith Day, World Hand Hygiene Day, Brain Injury Awareness Week, Deaf Awareness Week, Sign Language Week, National Anxiety Month, National Blood Pressure Month, and Older Americans Month. The 100+ are focused on categories such as awareness, children, culture, education, food, health, history, religion, and more. Two of the many month-long celebrations are linked...

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Celebrate Spirituality

Right now, three major world religions are celebrating some of their most important holidays: Passover/Pesach- Judaism; Good Friday and Easter – Christianity; and Ramadan – Islam.  In less than a month, two other major world religions will celebrate holidays as well: Buddha Purnima – Buddhism and Ram Navami – Hinduism. Just think – billions of people in the world around the same time are celebrating holidays that help to shape their beliefs and traditions and relationships with their God and...

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Untold Valor: Veterans Recovery In Action Podcast

How can we repay soldiers who willingly serve our country knowing they could possibly give their life for our dreams and freedoms? I don’t know how we repay that debt – to say thank you and/or provide honor on only two days a year (Veterans and Memorial Day) just isn’t enough. Voice and Vision desires to do all we can to honor, embrace, and show our gratitude ongoing to those currently in the military and to our veterans.  With that in mind, we announce our Untold Valor podcast. Untold...

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Celebrating Michelle!

Voice and Vision, Inc. is excited to share the Spotlight section from the Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) January 2023 Announcement featuring one of our longest-tenured employees. This monthly announcement is distributed throughout the Commonwealth to statewide and regional Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) leaders, state IM4Q committees, and IM4Q program directors. We are grateful for Michelle’s decades of service and find pleasure in working alongside her. Michelle’s...

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