Author Archives: MHA of NYC

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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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Mental Health Association of NYC response to Here’s How Schools Can Support Students’ Mental Health

Last month NPR published an article titled, “Here’s How Schools Can Support Students’ Mental Health,” where they suggest a ‘multi-tiered system of support’ which can substitute the mental health support needs that are lacking in schools. This multi-tiered system offers support for everyone and builds levels of more and more specialized help. MHA-NYC’s Cristina Harris, […]

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After 15 Years: Reflections on 9/11 from the Center of the Largest Disaster Mental Health Response in World History

I emerged from the subway on that clear Tuesday morning, likely the last train to Manhattan before America’s great city locked down to become a militarized zone. It was about 9:15 AM, just minutes after the second plane hit the Twin Towers, and I could see the smokestacks billowing disaster about 20 blocks south of […]

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Still Coping 15 Years After 9/11

September 11, 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA, in which nearly 3,000 people were killed. This event has had far reaching effects on attitudes and perceptions about national security, disaster response, and the impact of traumatic events on both the individual and […]

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Weekend Media Roundup for 8/19/16

Stay informed about the latest mental health news by reading our weekend media roundups.

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You Can “#BeThe1To Prevent Suicide”: A National Call to Action

Dr. John Draper is one of the nation’s leading experts in crisis contact center practices (hotline, online chat, SMS services, etc.). As Project Director, he oversees all aspects of the federally-funded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network, which consists of over 160 member crisis centers across the country. Is it possible to reduce suicide like we have […]

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Disaster Distress Helpline and Medical Reserve Corps: Collaborating for Disaster Behavioral Health

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 we have collaborated with the national Medical Reserve Corps units around the country in support of our mutual work to assist individuals, families and communities impacted by disaster. The […]

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Weekend Media Roundup for 7/22/16

Stay informed about the latest mental health news by reading our weekend media roundups. Our favorite stories this week: Media:  “Private pain, shared responsibility: Learning to talk about suicide with neighbors and friends” – By Alyssa Katz, Daily News Click here to learn about the Mental Health First Aid trainings we offer. “Insurance Groups in […]

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Weekend Media Roundup for 7/8/16

Stay informed about the latest mental health news by reading our weekend media roundups.

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Dr. John Draper’s Statement on VA’s New Suicide Data

Dr. John Draper, Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, discusses the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ newest data on veterans suicide rates: This report is a stark reminder that there is much more that we can all do to prevent veteran suicides in our communities and in non-VA health care systems. The more than […]

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