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Make Year-End Donation to MHA

on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:38

Help Your Neighbors this Holiday Season

The holidays, such a joyous time for most, can be a challenging time for many in our community. At MHA, we are always here for you. 
Your end of year donation will help provide essential mental health services to individuals, children and families in need.

Click here to learn more about how MHA helps when crisis erupts.

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Marisa Bishop Recognized with State-Wide Award

on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:37

Join us in congratulating MHA’s Marisa Bishop, for receiving the 2014 Employee of the Year Award from the New York State Coalition for Children’s Mental Health Services on December 2nd in Saratoga, New York. Marisa, who works as a care coordinator in children’s services, was honored for her creativity, strong work ethic and tireless advocacy. Notes program director Deirdre Sferrazza, “In her two and a half years at MHA, Marisa had made a tremendous difference in the lives of the children she serves.”

 

 

 

New! The latest edition of MHA News

on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 17:26

Hear and see all about our big fall event, Denim & Dreams. Read about the local girl scouts who donated 60 backpacks for MHA kids and the board member who won a big award. Learn about the gift by van Ameringen and the peer specialists that benefitted.

All that and more is right here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's New in Mental Health? December 2014

on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 23:25

Debunking The Holiday Suicide Myth

Among the many myths surrounding the issue of suicide is the one that associates the holidays with increased risk. Although this is not true, as discussed in this Huffington Post article, it is essential to remember the importance of connection. Being connected with others, and experiencing a sense of belonging is a powerful protection.

Another myth is the belief that raising a concern about suicide gives someone the idea. Someone who is thinking of suicide may not talk about it due to the stigma that remains – but they may feel relieved and grateful if start the conversation.

Warning Signs of Suicide

Recognize that the behaviors on this list, might indicate that someone is at risk.

As always, if you are facing a challenging time or are concerned about another, help is available 24/7 at the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has launched a new resource for people who have lived experience of suicidal thinking or actions.

The site offers self-care tips, a virtual support community, new resources for friends and family, support group finder, and numerous other resources. One especially notable one is information about how to help someone whose risk becomes known to you through social media.