Author Archives: MHA of NYC

Inauguration Weekend, Support is Available 24/7

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline experienced a significant, but short term increase in call volume the day before and after the election this past November. On Monday, November 7, 2016, there was a 15% increase in Lifeline calls, and a 51% increase on the Spanish Lifeline number. There were two “spikes”—or surges—in call volume on […]

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A statement regarding the NY Times article, “The Hidden Gun Epidemic: Suicides”, from Dr. John Draper

Keeping homes and families safer when our loved ones are in despair is not just a job for gun shop owners; it is a responsibility that we all must bear. This NY Times article underscores how important it is to inform gun owners and users about the risks of firearms in homes where a loved […]

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Governor Cuomo Signs New York Step Therapy Bill

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Saturday changing the rules surrounding step therapy, a process by which insurers can require that certain drugs be tried first before approving a physician’s prescription. The bill, which passed unanimously in the State Senate and Assembly, does not ban the use of step therapy but does provide rules governing […]

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Letter from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Director

We wanted to take a moment to address the historic passage of the 21st Century Cures/Mental Health Reform Omnibus that was recently enacted and to highlight its relevance to the field of suicide prevention and crisis centers. The act is a result of years of bipartisan efforts and represents a recognition of a variety of health, mental […]

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21st Century Cures Act Resources

In light of the historic passage of the 21st Century Cures/Mental Health Reform Omnibus today, we put together some resources to help you understand what it may mean for you. Letter from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Director – MHA-NYC MHA-NYC’s EVP of Integrated Policy and Program Services, Kim Williams, discusses the 21st Century Cures Act with EVP of Marketing […]

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Emotional Wellness This Holiday Season

In this informative Q&A that addresses common misconceptions related to mental health concerns during the holidays, Lisa Furst, LMSW, MPH, Assistant Vice President of Training and Quality Improvement at MHA-NYC, makes recommendations and provides supportive resources that will help you and your loved ones remain emotionally healthy this season. Q: Is it true that people are […]

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A statement regarding the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention news release from John Draper, Ph. D., Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Chief Clinical Officer of the Mental Health Association of New York City

Today, the CDC released new data that discusses the death rates of youth aged 10-14. The data compares suicide rates, motor vehicle rates and homicide rates for youth. Dr. John Draper, Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a program administered by MHA-NYC, shares his thoughts on this release and the statement by the National Action […]

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A Voice Comes On The Telephone

By Jessica Giordano A voice comes on the telephone “How can I help you?” A sigh. “I don’t know. I’m afraid.” A sigh. “What’s going on?” “I don’t know; I’m just scared. I feel like I’m having a panic attack.” Deep breaths. “Ok, it’s ok. Let’s take some deep breaths.” And I go there. Through […]

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parenting with{out} anxiety: bullying

Now that the school year is underway and kids are hopefully settling into the new routines of school, this is often the time of year when relationships start to solidify. And that means that your child, or teen, has probably reconnected with friends and started to make some new friends. It can also be a […]

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parenting with{out} anxiety – series

Being a kid can be exciting, fun and joyful, but it can also be stressful!  As parents, caregivers, and teachers, we strive to enhance the joyful times and curb the stressful ones, but there are many factors over which we have no control.  What we can control is our responses to your children and young […]

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