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Annual Benefit

Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 7:00pm
CV Rich Mansion White Plains, NY

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We are pleased to be honoring these extraordinary individuals:

Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH
President & CEO, HRHCare

 

Edye Schwartz, DSW,LCSW-R
Director of Systems Transformation, NYAPRS

 

Mary Nicolich
MHA CASA Volunteer

 



Ombudsman Training Begins October 2nd: 

The New York State’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) at MHA is seeking volunteers to advocate for residents in long-term care facilities.

Call LTCOP Program Director, Margaret Hadad, at (914) 345-5900 ext.7522 for more information or to schedule an interview.



casa 20Volunteers Needed for MHA’s CASA and Host Visitation Programs
Training Begins October 29th

Host Visitation uses trained community volunteers as Visit Hosts, offering children separated by foster care an opportunity to stay connected to their families or origin through increased visitation.  Visits can occur as often as weekly, and take place in a variety of settings including community centers, churches, and the homes of other family members.  Visiting is shown to reduce the trauma that children experience as a result of separation. 

The CASA Program uses community volunteers as advocates for children in foster care or at risk for foster care.  CASA volunteers are assigned by Court Order to a family to monitor their health, education, mental health and plans for a safe, permanent home.

Training will occur on Wednesdays  from October 29 through November 19. To find out more, please contact Jackie Boissonnault, LMSW at (914) 345-5900 ext. 7518 or at boissonj@mhawestchester.org


MHA Welcomes:

Sabrina Johnson, Coordinator, Northern Westchester Recovery Center

Ms. Johnson formerly served as an Outreach and Engagement Specialist with MHA of Westchester’s Walk-in Support Services and is completing her social work degree at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She was the first Recipient Affairs Specialist at Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health.  In addition, Ms. Johnson developed the Community Support Services Grant Program, the Westchester Peer Network and the Mental Health Advocacy Project at Westchester Independent Living Center.  Ms. Johnson has been recognized as the NASW Social Worker of the Year Award and with the MHA NYS Inspirational Award.

Donna Mandel, Director of MHA's ACT Team

Dr. Mandel holds a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Washington DC and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  Prior to joining MHA, she worked at Housing Works, Inc as a Borough Director for the Health Homes Care Management Department.  She was responsible for the Health Home department’s policy development and implementation as well as for developing and evaluating program initiatives. The mission of the community based organization is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS.


On September 18th, MHA staff were chosen to lead two workshops at the annual NYAPRS conference held at the Hudson Valley Resort & Conference Center in Kerhonkson, NY. Tia Dole, PhD and Cindy Peterson-Dana spoke about implementation experiences in the OnTrackNY program for first episode psychosis. Later, the subject was, “Getting Unstuck: Helping Individuals to Move Through Services and Reintegrate into the Community”, facilitated by Tia and Jeremy Reuling, LCSW.

 


bellMental Health America has launched a new #B4Stage4 (Before Stage 4) campaign.   The campaign reminds us that when we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them.  We start way before Stage 4.  We begin with prevention.  When people are in the first stage of those diseases, we try immediately to reverse these symptoms.  That is what we should be doing with mental health conditions as well.  Learn more about #B4Stage4 and @B4Stage4Learn more about the campaigns and about mental health screening.


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Depression is a common, yet serious illness.  It interferes with daily life and causes pain for both the people who experience and those who care about him or her.  Many people who have depression never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with the right treatment.  NIMH offers concise yet comprehensive information about the types of depression, its causes, signs and symptoms and treatments.  


#StrongerTogether is a new joint initiative of The New York State Office of Mental Health today and The Huffington Post to educate the public, increase awareness, and provide help to those at-risk of suicide. Explore #StrongerTogether .

Warning signs indicate that someone may be at risk of suicide currently and require an immediate response tailored to that individual and his/her situation.  Learn the Warning Signs that someone may be at risk.  Read our page about How To Be Helpful to Someone Who Is Threatening Suicide.


Back to school can be stressful

To help you support your child’s return to school Metal Health America offers several resources to help parents and caregivers recognize and address the challenges our students face, including the problem of bullying. 

Back to College can also be a challenging time.  Mental Health America has also developed materials to help our college students be at their best and to help freshmen with the transition.   http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/back-campus

 

More help to Address Bullying: 

SAMHSA releases a free KnowBullying app to help parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child build the foundation for a strong relationship, and help prevent bullying. 

The KnowBullying app includes: Signs that a child may be affected by bullying, suggestions about starting the conversation, information about social media, and more.  The free KnowBullying app is available for Android™ and iPhone®.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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