Author Archives for Srinivasan Attoor

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… View Article Published on - August 5, 2016 11:05 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

A PTSD Month Statement From Our CEO

With the start of June, we begin PTSD Awareness Month and as with so many other mental health challenges, individuals with PTSD often face loneliness and stigma. The traumatic events that can cause PTSD, like a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, a battlefield experience or a natural… View Article Published on - June 1, 2016 9:01 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

Why We Fought to Make A Film About Mental Health

A few years ago, I read a pair blog posts, from professional screenwriters, about how you don’t often see depression in films or on TV. The (somewhat understandable) general concession from each writer was that it’s tough to get a general audience to follow a character whose state renders him/her more “passive” than “active” –… View Article Published on - May 23, 2016 7:01 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

New Film Addresses The Missing Voice in Suicide Prevention Efforts

A new film, ‘A Voice at the Table‘,  addresses the need for the inclusion of attempt survivors in suicide prevention efforts. Until recently, their voices have gone unheard. “The Center for Disease Control tells us that approximately 38,000 people in the United States die by suicide. With those 38,000 that die by suicide, 25 attempt…. View Article Published on - May 22, 2016 7:10 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

My Work in Child Welfare for MHA-NYC

Working in the field of child welfare, whether it is preventive, foster care, or child protection is a choice and it is not for everyone. There are probably some days, sometimes where we might think it is not even for us. The choice to go out into the field, into people’s homes (sometimes invited, sometimes… View Article Published on - May 10, 2016 7:47 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

Help Us Support National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is supporting National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) efforts to increase access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults who experience mental or substance use disorders and their families. The Awareness Day… View Article Published on - May 4, 2016 4:37 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

A Mental Health Month Statement From Our CEO

We have begun our Mental Health Month coverage with two different pieces of content, united by one vital common thread. The first is a blog by a young mother of two from New Jersey, Sarah Vander Schaaff. I first became aware of Sarah after reading her courageous column in the Washington Post about her struggles… View Article Published on - May 3, 2016 9:13 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts