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.

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

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

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