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Mental Health Update

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August 12, 2022
Mental Health Update

08/12/2022 – Healthy Young Minds Summer 2022

Summer 2022, Issue 19.

This newsletter is for educators, parents, and students about mental health in schools. The information contained in this is intended for reuse. Please share and give credit to MHANYS

Inside the Issue

– Letter from the Director
– Susan Fisher Interview
– Stephanie Sullivan Interview
– Working Together: How Families and Schools Can Collaborate
– School-Community Partnerships
– School Mental Health Legislation is Changing
– Youth Peer Advocacy
– 988 – A New Number for the Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline

Message from Brandon Beachamp, Project Director

In this summer edition of Health Young Minds we are excited to officially introduce our two newest staff: Susan Fisher, School and Community Liaison and Stephanie Sullivan, Program Manager. Both Susan and Stephanie have shared some of their personal experiences and perspectives on the importance of mental health that provides a great introduction to them and their work. Another introduction, of sorts, is by way of our affiliate in Buffalo, the Mental Health Advocates of Western New York. MHAWNY has shared details of their Youth Peer Advocate program and some of the impactful and life-changing work they are doing with students. We hope their work is an inspiration to consider innovative ways to help support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young adults… READ MORE.

Susan Fisher Interview

1. Briefly share your work/educational background and what lead you to now work with MHANYS?

I have a degree in Biology and Psychology. After graduation, I spent some time doing research in neuroscience, and then I became a science teacher. I started teaching middle school science in Cambridge and inner city Boston. When I moved back to NY, I helped to start the College of Staten Island High School for International Studies, and served as the Science teacher. I ran an advisory program for 4 years, and taught regents level Earth Science, Living Environment, and Chemistry. After I had children, we as a family decided that it would be best for me to stay home with the kids, so I got involved in my local PTA…. READ MORE.

Stephanie Sullivan Interview

1. Briefly share your work/educational background and what led you to now work with MHANYS?

I recently graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies – historical and social thought from SUNY Empire State College, something I worked toward for many years throughout my young adult life. My intention in my higher education studies was to use the disciplines of history, psychology, philosophy and sociology to see how each discipline plays into the past, present and future. One day, I hope to go back and work towards my masters degree in social/public policy. Before coming into my position
as program manager within MHANYS and the School Mental Health Resource & Training Center, I held various roles at a Clifton Park, NY human services non-profit called CAPTAIN Community Human Services…READ MORE.

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*988 – A New Number for the Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline in New York State*

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MHANYS School Mental Health Resource and Training Center is available to provide information and resources to schools and families, including:

• mental health instruction and training
• guidance on community resources
• technical assistance

Contact us directly at or 1-800-766-6177 / 518-434-0439 Visiit us at

Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.
194 Washington Ave. Suite 415
Albany, NY 12210
United States