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MHA-NYC 25th Annual Gala Information Packet

The Mental Health Association of New York City is hosting its 25th Annual Gala. Come join us on June 7th for an extraordinary event honoring NY Giants Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall & Michi Marshall, Co-Founders of Project 375, and The Zirinsky Family, Three Generations & Five Decades of Ground Breaking Work. For more information on […]

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How to Endure: A Lesson from a Good Book

Reading is a luxury, and one I no longer take for granted. Not only does it require time, but it also requires a certain amount of pure mental energy and concentration. I found that painfully difficult to find when I was living with an overload of anxiety. Like a puppy that doesn’t want to sit […]

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Transgender and Finding Her Voice

Last week, I was reminded that being open-minded and understanding the depths of another person’s life experience are two very different things. For all the talk about transgender issues in the news today, how many of us have had the opportunity to talk with an individual about his or her experience—not in the political sense—but […]

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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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#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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#WriteOnSarah: A Holiday Transformation

Brown paper covered the door to what was once my dermatologists’ office. Ever since the practice moved to a new location several blocks away, the second-story office sat dormant. No light. No visitors. No indication of who or what would move in next. I had a steady awareness of what was, or what was not, […]

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