Category Archives: Disaster Distress Helpline

#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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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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5 Tips for Coping with Lockdowns and Sheltering in Place Orders

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 you can cope with lockdowns and shelter in place orders. If you’re like me, just hearing or reading the word ‘lockdown’ gets your heart rate jumping. But experiencing […]

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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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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 6/17/16

Stay informed about the latest mental health news by reading our weekend media roundups. Our favorite stories this week: “Connecting the dots on nonprofit underfunding” By Helen Rosenthal and Allison Sesso, NY Slant  “Delivering action on mental health” By Sarah Chamberlain, The Hill “Concern grows on mental health of med students” By Inside Higher Ed […]

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Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando, Florida

We here at MHA-NYC are proud to administer the Disaster Distress Helpline, the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. In the aftermath of the recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida, we’d like to remind everyone that this service provides 24/7 crisis counseling and emotional support for anyone struggling with distress or other mental […]

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