Young People and Mental/Sexual Health in a Changing World

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Today, October 10, marks World Mental Health Day. This year’s focus, as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), is on adolescents and young adults. Young people, usually categorized as around 10-18 years old according to the American Psychological Association, are going through a multitude of changes at this point in their lives. Along with puberty, many teens experience major life events such as moving and changing schools, starting higher education, or beginning a new job. These can be great causes of stress and apprehension which, left unrecognized and unmanaged, can lead to mental illness. Unlike the generations before them, current adolescents are growing up more connected than ever before. In the US, current technology certainly provides many benefits: help with school, ideas for creative projects, staying in touch with…
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Pride on the Mountain

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Rain was steady, but that didn’t stop attendees from showing up and jumping in at Pride on the Mountain on September 8, 2018. This year’s Pride, organized by the NEPA Rainbow Alliance, had a wonderful turnout despite less-then-ideal weather. The family-friendly event was set at Mountain Mountain’s water park with music provided by M80, a local cover band. While many Pride-goers tended to stick to tents and under awnings, some still donned their bathing suits and jumped in the lazy river, full of Rainbow Alliance beach balls, enjoying a relaxing day on the mountain. Mid-afternoon was set aside for a drag show. Queens and Kings huddled just off stage, excited to share their performances with the eager crowd. First up was Buster Highman, who also had the honor of passing…
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March 10th was National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

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March 10th was National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! From womenshealth.gov: “National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is an annual observance that sheds light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls. Every year on March 10, and throughout the month of March, national and community organizations come together to show support for women and girls impacted by HIV and AIDS. This year marks the 12th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Today, about one in four people living with HIV in the United States is female. Only about half of women living with HIV are getting care, and only four in 10 of them have the virus under control. Women face unique HIV risks and challenges that can prevent them from getting needed care and treatment.…
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Today is National Coming Out Day!

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Please click the post title to see image and full post! Today is National Coming Out Day! Whether you're coming out as LGBTQIA+ or coming out as HIV+, you will have our support! LGBT History Month Note: Keith Haring, the artist who designed the National Coming Out Day image you see above, was born in Pennsylvania and was an HIV+ activist.
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October is LGBTQIA+ History Month!

AIDS, Caring Communities, HIV
October is LGBT History Month! We thank those in the LGBTQIA+ community and allies who fought throughout the HIV/AIDS epidemic to bring the prevention methods, education, and standard of care you see today into existence. Caring Communities could not be who or where we are without those who fought for human rights and HIV/AIDS healthcare rights with passion and compassion in the face of unspeakable loss and seemingly unending strife. Thank you for fighting for the rights of every LGBTQIA+ person who came after you, especially those who are living with HIV/AIDS today. You made a difference, and it is an honor for us to carry on the fight against HIV/AIDS.
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