Author Archives for Frances Gonzalez

Statement on the Proposed Public Charge Rule

The immigration policy of the United States is under considerable revision, and at times, proposed changes to immigration regulations can have a direct impact on behavioral health. One such feature of current United States immigration policy includes a regulation known as the “public charge” rule.  This is a test that is used to determine whether… View Article Published on - December 7, 2018 2:32 pm Published by -

Staying in Balance Updated Toolkit

Through good times and difficult times, communities throughout New York City have always come together to meet the immediate needs of neighbors, celebrate strength and resilience, and mobilize for improved conditions and services. During times of crisis, those on the front lines of providing help and healing to community members are just as affected as… View Article Published on - October 23, 2018 5:08 pm Published by -

Support For Suicidal Individuals On Social And Digital Media

Digital communities and social media platforms provide important vehicles to express ourselves, find information, and communicate with one another. This is also true for individuals in distress who are potentially suicidal. Too often their posts go unnoticed or not responded to. There are compelling reasons for social media companies to establish digital policies that will… View Article Published on - September 25, 2018 2:30 pm Published by -

Volunteer Opportunities in Disaster Emotional Care

Following major disasters, concerned individuals often reach out to the Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) seeking volunteer opportunities in providing emotional support to survivors, responders, and others impacted by the event. Christian Burgess, Director of the DDH, a program of SAMHSA administered by Vibrant Emotional Health, offers an overview of how anyone with an interest in… View Article Published on - September 11, 2018 7:15 pm Published by -

Changing the Conversation Around Suicide

By Kimberly Williams, President and CEO, Vibrant Emotional Health This past June a series of events shed light on a growing public health problem. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report stating that suicide rates across the country have risen over the last 20 years. This study was released during the same week… View Article Published on - July 19, 2018 6:35 pm Published by -

Statement on Family Separation Immigration Policy

Vibrant Emotional Health condemns the separation of more than 2,000 immigrant children from their parents that has occurred by order of the Federal government, and demands immediate reunification of these children with their families. Ample research in the area of adverse childhood events demonstrates that forced separation of children from their parents causes immediate psychological… View Article Published on - June 22, 2018 5:39 pm Published by -

Ellen DeGeneres features Logic and Alessia Cara to discuss hit song, “1-800-273-8255”

Popular talk show host and philanthropist, Ellen DeGeneres, invited musical artists and mental health advocates, Logic and Alessia Cara, onto her show to discuss their hit song, 1-800-273-8255. The song opens up the conversation about suicide prevention and encourages individuals in crisis to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  Watch the interview and musical… View Article Published on - September 22, 2017 7:57 pm Published by -

The ‘Madman’ Is Back in the Building

“What do you wear the first day back to work after a 90-day leave of absence because of a psychotic break?” “This is the question I found myself asking a little more than a year after I joined the Legal Aid Society of New York. The last time my colleagues had seen me, I’d been… View Article Published on - September 21, 2017 5:53 pm Published by -

I Work At A Suicide Hotline – Here’s What It’s Like

“What if I said the wrong thing?” Women’s Health Magazine interviewed one of MHA-NYC’s crisis counselors about working at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and some of the thoughts that every crisis counselor encounters on the job. “I learned that it wasn’t my job to swoop in and save the day. I wasn’t there to… View Article Published on - September 11, 2017 7:06 pm Published by -

Inside the framework of the #BeThe1To 5 Action Steps

Imagine you’re on a pleasant, afternoon walk around your neighborhood. The sun is shining, but it’s not too hot; there’s a gentle breeze lifting any humidity off your skin, keeping you cool. You can smell freshly cut grass. You’re about ten minutes away from home and you walk this route almost every day. You originally… View Article Published on - September 6, 2017 5:51 pm Published by -