Meet some of the people whose lives were transformed with the help of MHA-NYC’s work and programs.


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

How I turned my broken moments into a mosaic.

This blog post is authored by Pura Torres, a Peer Support Specialist for MHA-NYC’s NYC Well program.  “I LOVE MY JOB!” Every time I say this, or think it, I can’t help but smile and laugh a little. Being a peer support specialist for MHA-NYC’s NYC Well program has become the most important part of… View Article

Speaking for Youth

DJ Wilkerson shares his experiences with MHA-NYC’s Queens Adolescent Skill Center, and how the Center helped him build his skills and gave him a chance to speak for youth without a voice.

Family Matters

Helping others is often the way we end up helping ourselves. No one knows that better than Michelle, who was able to help her two sons with the skills she learned on the job at NYC’s Bronx Family Resource Center (FRC). Her family’s transformation didn’t happen overnight. Back in 2004, Michelle was working with parents… View Article

Making a Difference: Abbie’s Story

Fifteen-year-old Abbie of San Antonio, Texas, knows firsthand what depression and suicide looked like. Her older sister attempted suicide last year, which eventually led Abbie to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In 2012, the Lifeline launched You Matter, a blog written by five young adults like Abbie, who know suicide isn’t the solution and want… View Article

Chris Trotter at the 2013 MHA NYC Gala

Christopher describes his journey to MHA-NYC’s Bronx Adolescent Skills Center and how the program provided a safe space in which to grow, learn, and develop the skills necessary to succeed in life.

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

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

Leading by Example: Manajanique’s Story

The dream of attending college seemed a far off vision for Manajanique, who dropped out of high school for two years. She achieved Student of the month at the South Bronx Adolescent Skills Center (ASC) Manajanique has been through many emotional challenges as a teenager, many of which contributed to her decision to drop out… View Article