Author Archives for Comms Team

The Veteran You Don’t Know

By Joe Hunt, Director of the Veterans Mental Health Coalition of NYC and Lisa Furst, LMSW, MPH, Assistant Vice President of Vibrant’s Center for Policy, Advocacy and Education This November 11th we’ll celebrate Veterans Day. Originally called Armistice Day, to commemorate the end of World War I, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day in… View Article Published on - November 8, 2019 3:13 pm Published by -

A Letter to Representatives Moulton and Stewart in Support of the FCC’S Conclusion of a Universal 3 Digit Number

“We celebrate the FCC’s conclusion that we urgently need a universal 3 digit number for accessing the Lifeline, but we also believe that as the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act advances, it is important to have further discussion regarding the best possible way to achieve this important goal.” Read the rest of the letter to… View Article Published on - October 7, 2019 7:57 pm Published by -

What We Know About Mental Health

Click here to download this page as a PDF File. 20-25% of Americans have a diagnosable mental and/or substance use disorder in any given year. Only 40% of individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders get treatment. Of those who get treatment, less than 1/3 get minimally adequate care. Suicide is the tenth leading cause… View Article Published on - October 4, 2019 6:44 pm Published by -

Statement on the proposed Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA)

Federal officials have signaled potential support for the creation of a Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA), the stated aim of which would be to study the causes of mass violence in order to enhance prevention efforts. Increased Federal support for the study of the factors contributing to gun violence would be an important step… View Article Published on - September 30, 2019 2:08 pm Published by -

Mental Health in Ethnic Minorities and Immigrants

By Anitha Iyer, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer and Vice President, Crisis and Behavioral Health Technologies at Vibrant Emotional Health The decision to seek mental health care requires one to overcome various internal barriers. For ethnic minorities and/or immigrants, additional systemic barriers may further complicate care-seeking and connection. Systemic barriers that impact minority and immigrant communities… View Article Published on - July 16, 2019 7:27 pm Published by -

What I Learned Interning at Vibrant

By Paige Danehy, Intern, Summer 2019 Vicarious trauma. Something that I was not aware of before I started my internship at Vibrant Emotional Health, yet something I am so glad I was able to become familiar with. On my first day interning, I participated in a vicarious trauma training and learned its true meaning and… View Article Published on - July 9, 2019 7:48 pm Published by -

Resource List

REDUCING WORK PLACE STRESS Web-based Resources on Stress in the Work Place American Institute of Stress: https://www.stress.org/ International Stress Management Association: http://isma.org.uk/ American Group Psychotherapy Association: http://www.agpa.org/ 5 Things You Should Know about Stress: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml COPING SKILLS AND PERSONAL STRESS REDUCTION An abundance of resources are available for those who wish to reduce their stress… View Article Published on - May 10, 2019 5:18 pm Published by -

Everyone Can Learn To Take Action With #BeThe1To

By empowering individuals with the tools to help people in crisis in their communities, we can support those who are struggling, demonstrate that suicide is not inevitable, and build a stronger mental health safety net for all.     Published on - April 19, 2019 7:14 pm Published by -

Coping With Distress after International Disasters: Tips & Resources for Individuals, Families & Communities

When a natural or human-caused disaster (such as earthquakes, typhoons, floods, disease outbreaks; terrorist attacks, war & conflict, transportation accidents, etc.) occurs in another country, news of the event can trigger strong feelings of anxiety, fear, confusion or loneliness, including if: You have loved ones in the impacted area You’re from the area or have… View Article Published on - March 28, 2019 6:02 pm Published by -

Engaging Organizations in Trauma Informed Practice: The TIPPS Workshop Series

Increasingly, the behavioral health field is recognizing the impact of trauma in human development and its implications in the occurrence or exacerbation of mental and substance use disorders. This growing awareness was ignited by groundbreaking research emerging in the mid-1990s demonstrating that adults who had experienced traumatic events as children were far more likely than… View Article Published on - March 21, 2019 8:01 pm Published by -