Meet some of the people whose lives were transformed with the help of Vibrant’s work and programs. Hear their stories, their words, and their voices, through these stories of hope and change.


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

Emotional Wellness This Holiday Season

In this informative Q&A that addresses common misconceptions related to mental health concerns during the holidays, Lisa Furst, LMSW, MPH, Assistant Vice President of the Center for Policy, Advocacy and Education at Vibrant Emotional Health, makes recommendations and provides supportive resources that will help you and your loved ones remain emotionally healthy this season. Q: Is it… View Article

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

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

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

Advancing Technologies in Behavioral Health Care: A Policy Briefing and Advocacy Agenda

The Center for Policy, Advocacy, and Education Download the white paper here. Introduction Behavioral health disorders are a major source of disability and distress. An estimated 26 percent of Americans ages 18 and older —- about one in four adults —- suffer from a diagnosable disorder in any given year, and 46 percent will have… View Article

Minds Ahead Second Annual Evening of Art

ABOUT THE EVENTS An inspired evening celebrating local art in support of the Adolescent Skills Centers (ASC), through the José Hart Scholarship Fund. Mingle with the artists themselves, and indulge in cocktails, craft beer, and hors d’oeuvres. Take a few photos in our photo booth and have @itsbysam customize a tote for you to bring… View Article

How Physicians Can Help Prevent Elder Suicide

Mr. A, aged 86, shot himself to death shortly after his wife died and he was diagnosed with cancer. He had seen a doctor a few days before, but the physician did not recognize the depth of his grief, loneliness, and hopelessness. Mr. A didn’t mention he was considering suicide, and his physician did not… View Article

Here’s What I Learned From My Suicide Attempt

When 9/11 happened, I joined the Marines. The Marines gave me a sense of being and purpose. When you’re in the Marines, you are trained from the first day that death is creeping in. It’s always creeping in. It has to be on top of your mind. That I might die in Iraq was more… View Article