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HAIR mental health initiative starts where people like to talk: At the barber shop 

A new program from UPMC Health Plan is bringing formalized mental health training to barbers and hairstylists working in minority neighborhoods.

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‘We’re here 24/7.’ Local health care providers, DOH team up to spread suicide prevention

UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Safe Harbor is teaming up with the Erie County Department of Health and other local health care providers to implement suicide prevention strategies.

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Second Avenue Commons has 'served thousands' in first six months of operations 

Second Avenue Commons, a facility containing a shelter for those experiencing homelessness, a free health clinic and other resources, has served thousands in the first six months of operation. The facility was made possible through millions of dollars’ worth of investment from UPMC, PNC Financial Services Group, Highmark and other corporate entities. UPMC, which operates the free health clinic within the facility, has completed 643 visits and seen 213 unique patients.

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