Author Archives for Frances Gonzalez

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 -

Gift ideas for people in your life who have been impacted by a disaster

While gift-giving can be fun, it can also be challenging to find the ‘right’ gift for some of our loved ones, especially for those who have recently experienced a disaster or other traumatic event. Loved ones who have experienced disaster may still be grappling with their losses, painful memories, or other difficult emotions as they… View Article Published on - December 24, 2018 4:13 pm Published by -

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 -