Author Archives: MHA of NYC

Why We Fought to Make A Film About Mental Health

A few years ago, I read a pair blog posts, from professional screenwriters, about how you don’t often see depression in films or on TV. The (somewhat understandable) general concession from each writer was that it’s tough to get a general audience to follow a character whose state renders him/her more “passive” than “active” – […]

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DJ Wilkerson: Growing & Thriving Thanks to MHA-NYC

Nothing. That’s what I’ve been called. That’s what I’ve been amounted to. That’s what I felt like. That’s never what I thought I’d be. I was born and raised in Harlem. My father gone before I was born, my older brother gone by the time I was 6, and my mother a devout Christian. I […]

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Weekend Media Roundup for 5/13/16

Stay informed about the latest mental health news by reading our weekend media roundups. Our favorite stories this week: “Blue Cross partners with Google-backed Startup to speed mental health referrals” By Bruce Japsen, Forbes “Skyrocketing suicide rates could become a public health epidemic” By Lisa Chau, Huffington Post “Prince Harry and FLOTUS brilliantly shut down mental health stereotypes” By Lindsay […]

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My Work in Child Welfare for MHA-NYC

Working in the field of child welfare, whether it is preventive, foster care, or child protection is a choice and it is not for everyone. There are probably some days, sometimes where we might think it is not even for us. The choice to go out into the field, into people’s homes (sometimes invited, sometimes […]

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Weekend Media Roundup for 5/6/16

Stay informed about the latest mental health news by reading our weekend media roundups. Our favorite stories this week: “Suicide is more than just a veteran problem” By Brian Wagner, Task & Purpose “Mental health diagnoses rise significantly for military children” By American Academy of Pediatrics, Science Daily “Here’s why we need mental health action not mental health awareness” By […]

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Here2Help Connect: Technological Solutions for High Quality Care

At the Mental Health Association of New York City’s Here to Help Crisis Contact Center (H2H), trained mental health professionals apply evidence-based clinical techniques such as active listening, motivational interviewing, collaborative problem-solving, and practice of effective coping skills through telephone, text, and chat conversations. In-depth assessments of mental status and suicide and/or homicide risk are […]

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Help Us Support National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is supporting National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) efforts to increase access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults who experience mental or substance use disorders and their families. The Awareness Day […]

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A Mental Health Month Statement From Our CEO

We have begun our Mental Health Month coverage with two different pieces of content, united by one vital common thread. The first is a blog by a young mother of two from New Jersey, Sarah Vander Schaaff. I first became aware of Sarah after reading her courageous column in the Washington Post about her struggles […]

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A Statement on the Passing of Marvin Spieler

It is with great sadness that the staff of MHA-NYC announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Marvin Spieler. Throughout his life, Marvin was an outspoken advocate for all those with mental illness and championed recovery for all people living with behavioral health needs. Marvin, one our very first employees, supported the development […]

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