MHANYS recently upgraded our website to reflect additional content in many
areas including public policy, the strong role of our affiliates and the
programs that we run including Mental Health First Aid. We are also
highlighting upcoming events including our Mental Health Matters
Legislative Day on March 9th. 

Listed below is a recent article from the Plattsburgh Press-Republican
about our updated website.

Website undergoes healthy upgrade

Mental-health resource provides information about regional services

By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON Press-Republican Feb 15, 2016

PLATTSBURGH — If knowledge truly is power, the Mental Health Association in
New York State, Inc. is doing its part to empower people with its new
website .

While the nonprofit organization has had an online presence for many years,
it recently rebuilt its site from scratch, adding a wealth of information
about the agency’s affiliates, programs and projects, as well as other
topics related to mental health.

The association comprises affiliates in 50 counties, including Community
Connections of Franklin County , which also
serves Clinton County, and the Mental Health Association in Essex County,
Inc. (518.962.2077).

One of the goals of the new site, according to State Mental Health
Association CEO Glenn Liebman, was to create an easily accessible spot for
people to learn about regional affiliates, resources and tools.

“So we wanted to make sure it was information friendly for them as well,”
he told the Press-Republican.

Additionally, the webpage, located at mhanys.org, features sections
dedicated to topics, such as understanding mental health; what to do in a
crisis; the first step to getting help; navigating the legal system;
stories of hope; and myths and facts about mental-health problems.

Advocacy and policy issues are also detailed on the site.

“Our mission is to help eradicate the stigma of mental illness,” Liebman
said.

It’s important to the association that individuals feel comfortable
visiting and exploring the webpage no matter what they are facing, said the
organization’s Deputy Director Melissa Ramirez, architect of the new site.

Titled, “Healthy Minds for a Healthy New York,” the database seeks to
promote the idea that recovery is possible, she noted, and to focus not
only on mental illness but on mental health as well.

In addition, the online resource aims to inform people of the many
transformative things going on in the mental-health system and what they
can do to get involved, Liebman said.

A portion of the site is dedicated to upcoming events, including Mental
Health Matters Day
, an annual
legislative advocacy event scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, in Albany.

The gathering, to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Empire State Plaza,
serves as an opportunity for people to learn about legislative initiatives
related to mental-health policies and lobby for change.

Visitors of mhanys.org, which, Liebman noted, has garnered positive
feedback since its launch last month, will also find information about how
to support the association and its affiliates.

“We’d love if people came to the site,” he said.

Email Ashleigh Livingston: alivingston@pressrepublica

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