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The Start of a Fulfilling Career: Joel’s Story

Joel’s experience at the ASC in the Bronx prepared him not only for a new job opportunity and college, but he learned the importance of coping with his emotional challenges in order to grow and achieve life-goals. When Joel completed the program at the Bronx Adolescent Skills Center (ASC), he thought that his experience with… View Article Published on - July 2, 2014 8:02 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

From June 12-13, 2014, MHA-NYC hosted a Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for the Department of Youth and Community Development’s programs for at-risk youth. Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a course designed to teach citizens how to help adolescents who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, disorder, or crisis until the appropriate… View Article Published on - June 13, 2014 4:41 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

President Obama Hosts the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit

President Obama’s recent White House Summit on youth concussions is a key step toward to addressing the growing public health concern of concussions and the need for better identification, assessment, and treatment approaches for younger individuals. The summit not only advanced attention to much needed research, but also highlighted prevention, detection and awareness about sports-related… View Article Published on - June 9, 2014 5:57 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

Priorities Lead to Success: Brandon’s Story

Brandon learned that he needed to set priorities in order to reach his professional goals. At MHA-NYC’s Adolescent Skills Center, he’s learned to take school seriously and is working with the dedicated staff to get on track as he aims to earn a college degree in business. Social studies isn’t a difficult subject for Brandon,… View Article Published on - June 4, 2014 4:47 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

The Effects of Lockdowns on Our Mental Health

In the wake of the recent mass violence in California, the importance of preparedness and safety is pushed to the forefront of our minds. Yet, experiencing an actual ‘lockdown’ order also presents a very real risk for emotional distress among not only those under the order, but for their loved ones outside of the targeted… View Article Published on - May 29, 2014 5:15 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

Mental Health Matters to MHA-NYC

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we here at MHA-NYC decided to share just a few of the reasons why mental health matters to us. “…mental happiness and self-acceptance are the most important things for a fulfilling life.” – Justin Epstein, Membership Assistant, Link2Health Solutions, Inc. “…it helps me ride the unpredictable wave of life! I… View Article Published on - May 23, 2014 3:16 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

Giving Up is Not an Option: Debra’s Story

Debra, a diligent student taking classes at MHA-NYC’s Harlem Bay PROS program, lives by the mantra “giving up is not an option.” A vibrant woman who graces the front desk at the MHA-NYC corporate office a few times a month, Debra is always willing to help get the job done whenever and wherever needed. Due to her… View Article Published on - May 20, 2014 2:56 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

Healing the Hurt: Enhancing Resilience in the Wake of Trauma

As part of Mental Health Month, today the MHA-NYC and the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) led a dynamic symposium that educated human services professionals who work closely with clients who experienced past trauma. Targeting a breadth of traumatic experiences, specifically related to children and young adults, the half-day event introduced attendees… View Article Published on - May 15, 2014 9:23 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

New Legislation Would Strengthen Access to Care

MHA-NYC applauds the introduction of federal legislation, Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act of 2014, comprehensive, pro-active mental health reform that seeks to strengthen access and quality of mental health services through improved prevention, early detection and treatment of mental illness while also bolstering the workforce. The legislation, which was introduced last week, is… View Article Published on - May 13, 2014 2:21 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

Help Erase Mental Health Stigma

It’s an understatement to say that living with a mental illness is an incredible challenge. Sadly, many struggle with a second challenge, the stigmatization of mental illness.  Instead of receiving compassion and acceptance, people with mental illnesses often experience discrimination and distrust, and have to work to hide their symptoms. The harm done by stigma is widespread… View Article Published on - May 8, 2014 3:40 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts