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PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Posted on Jun 26

PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

After a traumatic event, stress-related reactions are common, but not everyone gets Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD affects 20% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and untreated symptoms can disrupt normal life. Here are some quick facts about PTSD: PTSD can Affect Anyone There   …Continue Reading PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Massachusetts Mental Health Center Provides a “WARM” place Posted on May 15

Massachusetts Mental Health Center Provides a “WARM” place

The Massachusetts Mental Health Center of the Department of Mental Health (DMH), which is located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, is a “WARM” place. Brigham & Women’s Hospital operated medical clinic called “Wellness and Recovery Medicine,” or WARM, is a place where DMH   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Mental Health Center Provides a “WARM” place

Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week! Posted on May 6

Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week!

May 4th through the 10th is National Children’s Mental Health Week! Since 2002, the Governor of Massachusetts, along with dozens of mayors across the state, has issued an official proclamation for Children’s Mental Health Week. Children’s Mental Health Week is dedicated to increasing public awareness   …Continue Reading Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week!

LGBT Health Awareness Week Posted on Mar 31

LGBT Health Awareness Week

This past week marked the 11th Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week, a nationwide event that promotes the unique health and wellness needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. This week, we highlight the progress our Commonwealth and the country has made to   …Continue Reading LGBT Health Awareness Week

American Heart Month and the ACA Posted on Feb 3

American Heart Month and the ACA

While many American’s view the heart as the symbol of love in February, the true celebration of American Heart Month is a call to all American’s to take charge of your heart health. Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, is   …Continue Reading American Heart Month and the ACA

Next Phase Launch of Mass HIway Posted on Jan 8

Next Phase Launch of Mass HIway

Today, Governor Deval Patrick launched the next phase of the Mass Health Information Exchange, known as the Mass HIway. Joining Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz and health care leaders at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Holyoke Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center and Atrius Health, the Governor demonstrated   …Continue Reading Next Phase Launch of Mass HIway

2nd Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium a Legacy and a Tribute Posted on Dec 13

2nd Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium a Legacy and a Tribute

This week the mental health community came together for the 2nd Stephanie Moulton Symposium at the John F. Kennedy Library on Tuesday with a turnout of more than 400 direct care workers, staff and consumers.  We gather for this annual training event to honor Stephanie   …Continue Reading 2nd Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium a Legacy and a Tribute

A message from Secretary Polanowicz: Happy Thanksgiving! Posted on Nov 28

A message from Secretary Polanowicz: Happy Thanksgiving!

As you prepare to join your friends and families to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to share a great experience from an event yesterday that embodies the spirit of this holiday, and the mission of our secretariat. Yesterday, I was proud to join Boston   …Continue Reading A message from Secretary Polanowicz: Happy Thanksgiving!

Affordable Care Act Grant Improves Access to Community Health Posted on Nov 21

Affordable Care Act Grant Improves Access to Community Health

Recently, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that $3.5 million in new funding for Massachusetts to improve access to health care in under-served areas, bringing primary care closer to home across the Commonwealth. The new funding will be used at six Community Health Centers serving   …Continue Reading Affordable Care Act Grant Improves Access to Community Health

It’s Time to Talk About Mental Illness Posted on Oct 10

It’s Time to Talk About Mental Illness

Everywhere across the globe today, people are celebrating World Mental Health Day. It’s a day for everyone to come together and talk about mental illness, mental health, and what we can do to acknowledge mental health conditions as diseases that can be treated. For people   …Continue Reading It’s Time to Talk About Mental Illness