Author Archives: Christian Burgess

#OrlandoStrong: Six Months After Pulse, We’re Still Here

Christian Burgess, Director of the Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH), a program administered by MHA-NYC for the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), reflects on the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy six months later. On June 12, 2016, 49 people were shot and killed and 53 others injured at the Pulse LGBT Nightclub in Orlando, […]

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5 Tips for Coping with Lockdowns and Sheltering in Place Orders

Christian Burgess, Director of the Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH), a program administered by MHA-NYC for the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), describes how you can cope with lockdowns and shelter in place orders. If you’re like me, just hearing or reading the word ‘lockdown’ gets your heart rate jumping. But experiencing […]

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The Effects of Lockdowns on Our Mental Health

In the wake of the recent mass violence in California, the importance of preparedness and safety is pushed to the forefront of our minds. Yet, experiencing an actual ‘lockdown’ order also presents a very real risk for emotional distress among not only those under the order, but for their loved ones outside of the targeted […]

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