Author Archives for Ashley Vactor

#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,… View Article Published on - December 12, 2016 11:20 am Published by - Leave your thoughts

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… View Article Published on - August 16, 2016 4:22 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

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… View Article Published on - June 16, 2016 9:09 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts