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Governor Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians of Support Available for Mental Health Needs

first_imgCrisis Text LineCrisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text “PA” to 741741 to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Student Assistance ProgramSearch for services in your county here. Governor Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians of Support Available for Mental Health Needscenter_img Healthcare,  Press Release,  PSA,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA  — Recent data released by the CDC indicates suicide rates are rising across the U.S., including Pennsylvania, where the rate of suicide among people of all ages increased by 34 percent from 1999 through 2016.Governor Tom Wolf today reminded all Pennsylvanians that mental health resources and support are available throughout the state, and that seeking help for mental health disease should not be considered a weakness.“We all know people who may be suffering and may not know where to turn for mental health services,” Governor Wolf said. “Each of us can take the step to reach out to a friend if they are in need and let them know that help is available. There are numerous caring organizations and resources here to help and support and I want to be sure that information is readily known.”The Department of Human Services Advisory Committee of the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) prioritized a state suicide prevention plan as one of their major goals to prevent suicide in Pennsylvania.PreventSuicidePa.org was created to support those who are affected by suicide, and to provide education, awareness, and understanding by collaborating with the community to prevent suicide, and reduce the stigma associated with suicide.Also, state health agencies recommend the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:1-800-273-8255, which provides urgent needs and direction to help in every area of the state. A text option is also available via the Crisis Text Line, offering free 24/7 support by texting “PA” to 741741 to, in turn, text with a trained Crisis Counselor there to support people in crisis.According to the CDC date, more than half of those who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition, a possible indicator of people not seeking mental health services because of the negative stigma associated with a mental health diagnosis.“Depression and mental health conditions affect many Pennsylvanians, with nearly 40 percent of Pennsylvanians reporting having poor mental health at least once a month,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “There are medical professionals available to treat these conditions. It is important that people realize that help is available for those who need it.”Mental health services in Pennsylvania are administered through county Mental Health and Developmental Services (MH/DS) program offices and the actual mental health services are delivered by the county or local provider agencies under contract with the county MH/DS office.Insurance coverage should not be a barrier to seeking treatment. Gov. Wolf expanded Medicaid to cover an additional 700,000 Pennsylvanians, with more people seeking treatment for mental health services. In addition, The Pennsylvania Department of Insurance is strongly enforcing state and federal laws requiring insurance to cover mental health treatment at parity – the same level – as medical coverage with the same deductibles, co-pays, number of inpatient or outpatient visits. The department also is currently conducting market-conduct exams of major health insurers to make sure they are complying with the parity requirements.“I know all Pennsylvanians share my goals of a commonwealth where everyone has the support necessary to get help when needed, and that everyone knows they have somewhere to turn for that help,” Gov. Wolf said.Suicide Prevention Resources in PA:Prevent Suicide PANational Suicide Prevention LifelineIf You Are Thinking About Suicide: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). June 08, 2018last_img read more

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Housing more affordable: Where it’s cheaper to buy than rent

first_imgThis five-bedroom house at 216 Beachmere Rd, Caboolture, is currently for sale.In regional Queensland, housing affordability is even greater, with most areas from the Darling Downs to Cairns much cheaper to buy in than rent.Over the past decade, median dwelling values across the state’s regions have lifted by just 4.4 per cent, while household incomes have increased by a much greater 28.9 per cent. It is now significantly cheaper to buy a home than rent one in Biloela, with the report estimating it would take only 2.5 years to save a 20 per cent deposit.“Anywhere around the mining areas have seen steep value declines and that has impacted affordability,” ANZ managing director of consumer banking Kate Gibson said.“It doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to go rushing in, but we’re starting to see locals who had been priced out (of the market) now in a position to get back in.” Housing affordability in Brisbane is the best it has been in 10 years, according to a new report. Image: AAP/Darren England. The Reserve Bank cut interest rates by 25 basis points to a historic low of 1.25 per cent. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP.WHERE IT’S CHEAPER TO BUY THAN RENTSuburb % of income needed to service mortgage % of income needed to rentBeenleigh 29.9% 31%More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoBiloela 10.3% 19.1%Bowen Basin – North 11.2% 19.4%Browns Plains 26.3% 26.3%Bundaberg 27.6% 30.8%Burnett 21.2% 28.8%Caboolture Hinterland 31.4% 31.5%Cairns – North 27.4% 28.5%Cairns – South 26% 30.2%Central Highlands 12.9% 18.9%Charters Towers 17.2% 23.6%Darling Downs – East 18.5% 22.5%Darling Downs – West 13.6% 20%Far North 25.2% 29.7%Gladstone 17.9% 18% Granite Belt 24.5% 26.8% Innisfail 19.8% 27.7%Ipswich Hinterland 26.5% 27.8%Mackay 23.9% 28.5%Maryborough 28.1% 33.2%Outback – North 11.6% 19.7%Outback – South 8.2% 18.6%Port Douglas 25% 27.6%Rockhampton 21.8% 25.4%Surfers Paradise 34.1% 40%Springwood-Kingston 25% 28.1%Tablelands (East) 28.9% 32.6%Townsville 21% 24%Whitsunday 29.6% 31.2% (Source: ANZ/CoreLogic)YEARS NEEDED TO SAVE A DEPOSITSuburb Years to save a 20% depositNoosa 13.1Bribie Island 10.8 Sunnybank 10.7Cleveland-Stradbroke 9.1Brisbane inner 7.3 Browns Plains 6.5 Ipswich inner 6.1Springfield-Redbank 5.8 Townsville 5.2Biloela 2.5(Source: ANZ/CoreLogic) Ms Gibson said the older, more established suburbs were usually the hardest to buy into in most capital cities, but the report showed areas by the water were the most sought-after.“If it’s a nice area to retire to or a nice place to have a beach house, we’ve found housing values have been driven more by people buying from outside the area than local residents,” she said.In Noosa, the report estimates it could take 13 years to save for a 20 per cent deposit for a home, while in Burleigh Heads and Southport, would-be buyers are looking at needing to save for at least 10 years.Ms Gibson said the report was designed to help potential buyers find opportunities to get into the market at a price point they could afford. Brisbane homeowner Rachael Tickner and her sons Oscar, 18 months and Ollie, 3. Photo: AAP/Megan Slade.HOUSING in Queensland is more affordable than it was a decade ago, with many areas now cheaper to buy a property in than to rent one.A new report by ANZ and CoreLogic reveals household incomes have risen at a faster rate than home values in the Queensland capital — particularly in the last quarter of 2018.It means the housing market is more affordable for those buying or saving for a deposit. RELATED: How homeowners can take action on RBA cut Greater Brisbane suburbs like Beenleigh, Caboolture, Springwood and Ipswich are now more expensive to rent in than to pay off a mortgage. MORE: How rate cut will impact housing Kate Gibson, ANZ general manager, consumer banking. Picture: Hollie Adams.The average household income in Brisbane has jumped more than 31 per cent in the past 10 years, while median home values have increased by 25.8 per cent.It takes eight years for an average household to save a 20 per cent home deposit, based on a median home value of $493,568 and saving 15 per cent of their income.But it can take significantly less, or more time, depending on which suburb you are looking to buy a property in.In Ipswich and Jimboomba, it takes about six years to save for a deposit, while in Bribie Island and Sunnybank, it is likely to take more than a decade to come up with enough money to buy a home. It takes an average of eight years to save for a 20 per cent deposit for a home loan in Brisbane, according to a new report.Homeowner and mother-of-two Rachael Tickner said she and her husband, Brent, had considered upgrading to another home, but would need to save for a few more years to get into the suburb they would like to live in.They currently own a four-bedroom house in Nudgee. “In my heart I definitely want to live somewhere else … it would be lovely to be more inner city,” Mrs Tickner said.“I’d love to live in Ascot, but we’re looking at a good 10 years of saving and going without before we can afford that!”But she said they would be more open to buying an investment property in a less desirable suburb.“We’d be open to researching the areas that do have a lot of growth and good return and wouldn’t rule out any suburbs,” she said.It comes in the wake of the first cut to interest rates in almost three years, with the Reserve Bank of Australia slashing the official cash rate to 1.25 per cent this week.last_img read more

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Power 6 off the lead at Canadian Open

first_imgThe weather delayed second round will be completed at the Porsche European Open this morning – ahead of the third round getting underway in Hamburg later.Paul McBride’s three-under with five holes of his second round left while Paul Dunne is one-under with two holes left to play this morning.Ashley Chester will take a one-shot lead into round three at nine-under.Only two Irishmen have made the weekend at the Senior Open.Des Smyth and Mark McNulty are both back this morning from 13-over with five players – including 2014 winner Bernard Langer – sharing the lead at one-over. Photo © – Tipp FM Seamus Power is six shots off the lead into today’s third round at the Canadian Open golf.The Waterford man is six-under with Martin Flores holding a one-shot lead over the field at 12-under.Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell both missed the cut.last_img read more

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