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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Employee of the Month, August 2018: Sharon Whitebread

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        Our Employee of the Month for August 2018 is Sharon Whitebread! Sharon is our Linkage, Outreach, and Community Education Manager. She has been working hard for Caring Communities since 2010, originally starting as a volunteer and working her way to part-time employee in 2013, and finally full-time in 2013. The Caring Communities staff raves about her helpfulness, positive attitude, and extensive knowledge of all things Caring Communities. One coworker noted, “she has taken her experience and used it to better the work of others on multiple occasions” Another mentioned that, “Sharon is always kind to her clients, staff, and members of the community.” She is truly a team player and Caring Communities is only stronger with her on our side! Sharon began her impressive community involvement…
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Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day!

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From AIDSInfo: "Thanks to treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART), people with HIV are living longer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014, an estimated 45% of Americans living with diagnosed HIV were aged 50 and older. September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day—a day to call attention to challenges of HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care that older Americans face. For example, although HIV risk factors are similar for all adults, older adults may be less aware of these factors and the importance of testing to detect HIV in its earliest stages. CDC reports that in 2014, 40% of people aged 55 and older were diagnosed with AIDS at the time of HIV diagnosis." There are many misconceptions about who is most affected…
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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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Today is National Transgender HIV Testing Day!

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From the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health: "April 18 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD), an observance designed to recognize the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender people. The observance is organized by the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. In the United States, it is estimated that around 1.4 million adults identify as transgender. Transgender women are at high risk of having HIV and of contracting HIV. Transgender women of color, especially black/African American and Hispanic/Latina women, experience disproportionately high rates of HIV. There is a gap in research on HIV and transgender men; few studies have gathered HIV prevalence data for this population." For more information on why HIV testing and prevention is important…
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