This section features notes from staff about programming, topics being discussed, and happenings at MHANYS.
Poetry, music, art and drama…most commonly thought of as leisure activities, these are also wonderful tools for self-expression, healing and raising community awareness. The Warren Washington Association for Mental Health (WWAMH) is preparing for their second community production, entitled “Come as You Are”, scheduled for Saturday, April 8 at 7 pm in Glens Falls. Directed […]
A big thank you to the MHA of Orange County for recognizing the value of achieving success in the workplace…
One of my roles at MHANYS is to oversee an OMH-funded business outreach project that includes a Local Business Advisory Council (LBAC) program. The program’s goal is to enhance an affiliate’s capacity to establish and maintain […]
Arguably, some of the most misunderstood and debilitating mental illnesses are Eating Disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org), Eating Disorders involve distortions in thoughts and emotions relating to food intake and body image, resulting in unhealthy behaviors, such as extreme reduction of […]
According to the History Channel (www.history.com), the custom of creating New Year’s resolutions first began about 4000 years ago with the Babylonians who developed the practice of starting the new year by making promises to pagan gods. If they kept their promise, they would be rewarded. A similar practice was adopted by the Romans […]
So, when you are outreaching to potential employers – DON’T STOP after that first “No, sorry…we have no job openings.” While an employer may not have a job opening right then, she might still want to help out in some way…Perhaps, conduct mock interviews with a job readiness group…meet with a job seeker, interested in […]
There is a great article about LADY GAGA in the Summer 2016 issue of “Esperanza.” Lady Gaga encourages those of us managing mental health challenges to embrace our creativity and imagination in overcoming difficult times. Lady Gaga is one of the 100 most influential people in the world and her “Born This Way Foundation” promotes […]
It’s estimated that 698,961 individuals took part in donating roughly $116.7 MILLION dollars on Giving Tuesday in 2015!
What is Giving Tuesday you ask? Giving Tuesday began in 2012 and is held on the Tuesday following Black Friday to expand the gift giving season to those charitable causes around the world. Each year following its origination […]
Staff Notes – 11/16/16 – MHANYS Plans to Build on School Capacity to Increase Mental Health Literacy
Fresh on the heels of an historic legislative victory, which amended the State Education Law to require all schools in New York under the jurisdiction of the State Education Department (SED) to teach about mental health, MHANYS is setting its sights on the 2017 legislative session.
MHANYS intends to build on the Mental Health Education in […]
Staff Notes – 11/15/16 – MANY FACTORS CONTRIBUTE TO OUR MENTAL HEALTH – Not least employment opportunities!
‘Factors like un/underemployment and job insecurity along with housing insecurity, adverse early life experiences and discrimination and social exclusion all have an impact on our health…and not a positive one!’ Ruth S. Shim, MD, MPH, Vice Chair, Education and Faculty Development, Lenox Hill Hospital Department of Psychiatry
Having the experience of using one’s talents in the workplace, […]
Here at the Mental Health Association in New York State, a common question among our staff recently has been, “How do we define Mental Health?”
For a long time, in an effort to combat stigma and ensure access to affordable care, mental health advocates have made efforts to align mental health with overall physical health. Unfortunately, […]