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.


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

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

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

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

Veterans Aren’t Victims—But They Still Need Our Support

In an article in USA Today, General James Mattis shared an important viewpoint in the ongoing conversation about veterans and PTSD.  He has taken the stance that our society all too often pathologize soldiers and the consequences and impact that war has upon them.  In a speech at the Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco he… View Article

Obama Mentions Lifeline in Mental Health Awareness Month Proclamation

President Obama’s speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner became a YouTube sensation over the weekend, but we’re still buzzing about his shout out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline last week. In a statement from the White House, President Obama said that too many people with mental illness still suffer in silence and declared… View Article

New Study Links Head Injuries To Mental Illness

A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that head injuries, such as a concussion or skull fracture can increase someone’s risk of developing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression by up to 439%. This is the largest study to date documenting the link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and mental illness. Using the… View Article

Introducing Stories We Carry

On a Friday night last month, more than 100 people gathered at the American Red Cross in Manhattan to attend the first-ever Stories We Carry event, a unique project that brings veterans and civilians together to talk about the impact of war. Conversations covered topics spanning hot-button, national issues such as PTSD and moral injury to… View Article

MHA-NYC to Hold “Where There is Help, There is Hope” Gala Event On June 6 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City

Honoring Longtime Veteran’s Advocate Kenneth Fisher Honoree Kenneth Fisher NEW YORK, NY – April 17, 2013 – The Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) is holding its annual benefit gala on June 6th at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event, “Where There is Help, There is Hope” highlights MHA-NYC’s 50 years of providing people… View Article