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Erie, PA: Behavioral health clinic ready to help school kids

June 8, 2018, Go Erie (PA): Erie needs dialogue about depression, mental health As a local behavioral health clinician and leader, I was very happy to see the Erie Times-News address depression among Erie residents in a recent editorial. It opens the door for a larger conversation about mental health needs in our community and resources our region offers. On a national scale, a March publication of the World Health Organization notes that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. A June publication by CNN reports that deaths by accident, suicide and homicide are all on the rise for young people nationwide. It’s crucial that as a country we start accepting depression and mental health overall as an important public health issue that impacts everyone in some way. In that regard, I am proud to be part of the Safe Harbor Behavioral Health of UPMC Hamot team. As an organization, we are dedicated to helping people with mental health disorders recover and be fully integrated into our community. At Safe Harbor, we have built integrated relationships to bring behavioral health services to schools, primary and specialty care offices and community organizations in Erie County. …

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