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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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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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Veteran’s Day and Family Care

On this Veteran’s Day as we honor the men and women who fought so bravely on our behalf, let us also reaffirm our commitment to those who have sacrificed for our freedom. Veterans and their families continue to struggle with mental health issues among other needs. The VA and communities around the country have made advancements […]

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#WriteOnSarah: Post-Election Anxiety

Anxiety. It’s a worry about what might happen. A worry about the future. The best way to manage these fears is to stay grounded in the present moment. I have spent the past few years working on my relationship with anxiety and here’s the good news: it doesn’t matter what the worry is about, the […]

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