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Changing the Conversation Around Mental Health

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Campaign Spreads Awareness, Combats Stigma on Mental Illness

Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect people of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character.

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Love Akron Connects Local Leaders in Prayer

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Monthly breakfasts support various
sectors of the marketplace

By Lyndsey Schley

 

The Love Akron Network hosts Love Akron Connect on the last Wednesday of every month. These prayer breakfasts bring communities members together to support each other.

Each breakfast is held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Akron and focuses on a different sector of the marketplace. In February, the focus was healthcare.  Love Akron invited employees from various healthcare-related organizations in the Akron area.
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A Closer Look

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Story by Scott Myers and Katie Cassaro

  Last week we looked at some statistics about homelessness in Summit County from the Continuum of Care’s 2013 Point in Time Count.  Let’s look a little more closely at a few more statistics.

Total Number of Homeless Individuals in Summit County

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

824 740 820 859 857 813 862 870

  Until 2014 the numbers seem to depict a pretty stable system with some random variation.  20103 and 2013 show essentially the same number, as do 2009 and 2012.

  On the other hand, the two highest counts occurred in the two most recent years.  Does this indicate a trend? Continue reading

Homeless in Summit County – an overview on Homelessness

As of 2013, the number of homeless individuals living in Akron/Barberton and Summit County totaled 862 (Source: Point in Time Count 2013 Report).

This includes the total number of homeless persons in emergency and transitional shelters, safe havens, and the unsheltered.

–  19 of these 862 individuals were unsheltered, living outdoors

–  107 were living in emergency shelters that gave them a   temporary place to stay.

–  171 were living in transitional housing, also temporary.

–  572 persons over the age 24 were homeless.

Of the total homeless population, 114 of these individuals were considered to be chronically homeless. Continue reading

New Permanent Supportive Housing Opens in Akron (Part 2)

By: Katie Sobiech

New Permanent Supportive Housing

Previously, we shared about the opening of The Commons at Madeline Park, a brand-new, 60 unit, Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) facility for the homeless, mentally ill, disabled, and veterans.

According to experts in this area, PSH may be the best new route to go in terms of housing people facing these particular circumstances.
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