Throughout the year, The Mental Health Association of Westchester hosts events to increase community awareness about behavioral health and available resources, as well as to raise funds to support our vital services.
MHA’s Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Östman, LCSW-R, joined The Business Council of Westchester to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the healthcare sector, Westchester’s economic recovery, and the future of the behavioral health landscape. The panel of healthcare leaders in the region discussed lessons learned during this time and how they can be applied as we move forward.
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Thank you to everyone who helped us transform housing into home with our #HomeForTheHolidays campaign. Your generosity helped to create a home environment that supports resilience and recovery for the adults in our vital housing programs who have experienced homelessness due to domestic violence and who have entered MHA's transitional housing from the shelter system or a long-term inpatient hospitalization.
There's still time to help us empty our wish list – here’s how you can get started:
We know that many men find it difficult to open up about their mental health, due to societal expectations and stigma. We also know that there are unique cultural factors that can compound these existing barriers. Our panel for Part 2 of Men’s Mental Health discussed these cultural influences through the lens of race, ethnicity and religion.
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For 75 years, our doors have remained open, delivering vital mental health care and life-changing services. Thank you to everyone who joined us for MHA's 75th Anniversary virtual celebration on Thursday, October 14, 2021!
We were joined by Melissa Bernstein, founder of beloved toy company Melissa and Doug for a virtual community conversation, The Power of Anxiety: How Practice Makes Purpose. From building a billion-dollar company and raising six children, Melissa's public path has been marked by success. However, for as long as she can remember, harmful inner voices and feelings of hopelessness had been part of her life. After seeking help at the age of 50 for depression and anxiety, Melissa developed a set of powerful practices to support meaning.
Pillars of a Meaningful Life: Community Conversation with Emily Esfahani Smith
The author of The Power of Meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith discussed how we can re-emerge from the pandemic with an eye on finding fulfillment in our new normal. She explored this in the context of the pillars of a meaningful life and how we can incorporate these pillars into the experiences of the past year.
Wellness Workshop: Community Conversation with Meritage Restaurant
2021 Virtual Healthy NY Summit Presented by City and State New York
How Affordable Care, Disease & Addiction and Mental Health Impact New York’s Health Care Policies
Thursday, April 15, 1:00 pm - 4:10 pm
Charlotte Ostman, LCSW-R, MHA CEO on the Prevention and Protection for All New Yorkers panel
At a time when record numbers of people report experiencing an increase in depression and/or anxiety, it is more important than ever to create meaningful conversations around mental health issues, including its impact on men.
A powerful documentary, Resilience reveals how toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for a lifetime of negative outcomes. The film also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back.
Thank you for supporting our first virtual gala!
If you had asked us last year how we pictured celebrating in 2020, we could not have guessed it would be online. However, just as we quickly pivoted and transformed our in-person services to virtual platforms this spring, we, too, adapted our plans for our annual celebration.
For many youth, this season is one of unexpected loss. In addition to social distancing and closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are experiencing additional upset and grief related to the unrest that surrounds us: racial injustice, violence and political turbulence.
From missing milestones of prom and graduation to the inability to come together with friends to process feelings and take action on social justice issues, students may be feeling unmoored and grieving a variety of lost experiences.
Many of us are experiencing unprecedented hardships as a result of this pandemic. Our short-term focus may be on getting through the day and the losses we are experiencing, but we would like to also turn our attention to the long-term possibility of growth as a result of adversity.
During our second virtual Community Conversation event, we explored the concept of Post Traumatic Growth and the steps we can take to set ourselves up for future growth.
In recognition of Mental Health Month, many took part in a special virtual donation yoga class hosted by Barbara Dunn.
The 60-minute Vinyasa Flow class had an emphasis on the close connection between breath, movement and meditation. Barbara is a RYT-200 yoga instructor and is working on the RYT-500 certification at Kripalu.
Proceeds from this donation class went towards MHA.
Your yoga practice helped to provide a pathway to recovery and resilience.
As we develop new routines and practice social distancing, many families may be turning to screens more than ever for work, education, socialization and even childcare. Many parents are feeling conflicted as they balance their desire for their children to have limited screen time against the need to work remotely, adapt to online education and see friends and family by way of video chat.
Thoughts of suicide are common – more than 9 million American adults acknowledged having thoughts of suicide when asked that question in 2014. Recognizing and acknowledging risk of suicide is a powerful beginning to help save a life. safeTALK is a 3-hour training that teaches people not to “miss, dismiss, or avoid” signs of suicidal thinking, effective ways to start the conversation, and provides information to help connect individuals at risk to useful supports and services.
Join The Mental Health Association of Westchester for a special Breakfast for Babies interactive webinar. Focusing on trauma in the perinatal period and the mental health and well-being of both infants and mothers, this online meeting will be hosted in our Tarrytown office.
Friday, December 20th
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Please arrive 10 minutes early
580 White Plains Road, Suite 510
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday, November 16th for "Stand-Up For Mental Health" at the Emelin Theatre.
In homes, in schools and in our very own clinics, celebrations big and small unfold each day in the lives of those we serve.
On Thursday, October 24th, we gathered to recognize the many celebrations your support has made possible this year. Celebrations like:
LaRissa, a five year old in foster care, graduating from Pre-K cheered on by an MHA volunteer who advocates for her needs in Family Court
On Thursday, September 26th, we welcomed ABC News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton to the stage of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center for a powerful Community Conversation about hope and healing following loss to suicide.
MHA Board Member and mental health advocate Sean A. Mayer, who lost his brother Ryan to suicide in 2014, joined Dr. Ashton for the intimate discussion about the impact suicide can have on family, friends and the wider community.
Thank you to everyone who joined Break The Hold for a special sunrise walk on Sunday, June 9th.
The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) was thrilled to present An Evening of Conversation and Music with Modern Warrior LIVE on Wednesday, October 24th at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. Highlighting shared human experience, resilience and hope, Modern Warrior LIVE is a theatrical musical performance about one veteran’s experience of returning to civilian life and the role of the arts in his recovery from trauma.
Hoops for Health was an energizing evening of community conversation that explored the challenges experienced by athletes, changing the culture to encourage and value reaching out for support when needed, knowing where to turn, and recognizing how sports can enhance wellness. Discussion topics included how mental health is overlooked in sports and how can we support athletes, breaking down stigma and educating parents and coaches on emotional wellness.
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Wednesday, June 20th as we welcomed summer under the open sky at our mega-yoga event, Get On Your Mat For Mental Health on Court Street in White Plains.
A wonderful day was enjoyed by many at Manhattanville College's 5K Color Run in which participants were showered with colored powder at points along the course. It was an energetic, cheerful and, yes,slightly messy event for the whole family! All proceeds benefited MHA in support of mental health.
The event took place on Sunday, April 29th at the Manhattanville College Campus at Dammann field.
We were honored to host authors Nyna Giles and Eve Claxton as they discussed their new release, The Bridesmaid’s Daughter on Wednesday, April 11. The evening was a powerful example of the vital roles storytelling, advocacy and human connection play in normalizing mental health issues and erasing stigma. Special thanks to Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director of NYAPRS, for moderating a poignant conversation bringing to light the importance of early intervention, peer support and working together.
The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA), The Lagond Music School, and Music & Miles: Changing Minds were thrilled to join forces on Saturday, March 10th for a one-night-only multi-arts evening of performances that gave mental health, resilience and strength the center stage.
Highlights from An Evening of Conversation with Clint Malarchuk
By Sean Mayer
As he fought back tears, former National Hockey League goalie Clint Malarchuk told a rapt audience what led him to point a gun under his chin and pull the trigger in 2009.
“I didn’t want to kill myself,” Malarchuk said of the suicide attempt on his Nevada ranch. “I wanted to get rid of the hamster or mouse or rat that was running around inside my head.”
On Thursday, October 26th, The Mental Health Association of Westchester welcomed former NHL all-star goalie Clint Malarchuk and his wife Joanie for a riveting and unforgettable evening of conversation.
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Wednesday, June 21st as we welcomed summer under the open sky at Get On Your Mat For Mental Health, our outdoor mega-yoga event! Held in Turnure Park, the empowering and energetic community-driven event featured live music from House of Waters, a yoga marketplace of vendors, sponsors and exhibitors, and an invigorating hour-long class led by renowned teacher Beryl Bender Birch.
Join us for MHA’s 53rd annual Operation Holiday Joy gift drive and spread cheer and kindness this winter!
Last year, with the help of friends like you, we delivered gifts to more than 350 men, women, children and teenagers we serve. For most, these are the only gifts they receive during the holidays.
Your gift is more than just a fun toy or a warm jacket - it is a message that says "I care about you, and you are a cherished member of our community."
Join us on Thursday, November 10th for an evening with parents of youth and young adults whose children have been challenged by a range of significant mental health issues.
Is the Help Helping?
Parenting Youth through Mental Health Challenges
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Eileen Fisher Learning Lab
50 S. Buckhout Street, Suite 102, Irvington, NY 10533
On Thursday, October 13th, The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) hosted an unforgettable evening of conversation and song with legendary singer-songwriter Judy Collins.
An intimate event at the Emelin Theatre, the evening provided audiences with a glimpse into the Grammy Award-winning singer’s life as she shared her story, touching upon alcoholism, depression, the suicide of her son and her own suicide recovery.
The event also featured a special VIP reception with Collins. Proceeds from the event benefit MHA’s vital mental health services.
On Tuesday, June 22nd, we celebrated the incredible men and women who devote their time as Court Appointed Special Advocates, Visit Hosts and Sterling Community Center volunteers with a special appreciation luncheon. Jimmy, who developed a long-lasting relationship with his CASA advocate while he was in foster care, so eloquently summed up the importance of our volunteer's service: "You and I are walking manifestations of how a little kindness can provide light in a dark place." Thank you to all of our volunteers - your commitment and care make all the difference in each life you touch!
On Wednesday, May 4th, more than 200 community members gathered at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers for the Westchester premiere of the award-winning feature film, No Letting Go. Based on writer and producer Randi Silverman’s own life, No Letting Go follows a Westchester family as they navigate their son’s mental health conditions and the difficult decisions they must make as he grows up.
The results are in: the 12th annual MHA on the move 5K Run/Walk was a success! Benefiting The Mental Health Association of Westchester, MHA on the move featured a 5K Run/Walk, a one-mile kids’ race, entertainment, refreshments, raffle prizes and more. Thank you to all of our participants, fundraisers and sponsors – your support helped raise vital funds for our mental health services!