The Opioid Epidemic

Rockland County Times Article 

 

The Rockland County Times recently published an article The Opioid Epidemic:  How the Pharmaceutical Insdustry, Doctors and Insurance Companies Play a Role about the opioid crisis, with contributions from MHA’s former Medical Director Dr. William Greenberg.  See the below link for the full article:

 

http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2017/10/19/the-opioid-epidemic-how-the-pharmeceutical-industry-doctors-and-insurance-companies-play-a-role/

Mental Health America’s Statement on Texas Shooting

By: Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO

“Yesterday, our country once again was faced with the horror of another mass shooting, this time while Americans were praying in a church in Texas.

“The president and others on Capitol Hill were quick to say this was not a gun issue, but a mental health issue. That’s just talk that masks inaction on their part.

“In fact – this wasn’t a mental health issue. It increasingly appears to have been a preventable tragedy – if public officials had been listening to mental health advocates for the past several years. Every time we have been asked to react to events like these, we have pointed out the obvious – that one of strongest predictors of future violence is past violence. This particular tragedy might well have been prevented if an individual with a history of domestic violence had, as a matter of public policy, been prevented or restricted from obtaining weapons to allow him to engage in more violence.

“To say that gun violence is solely a mental health issue is simply wrong. Most people with mental health concerns are never violent. That said, it is true that the mental health system in this country – the system on which the victims of this horrifying assault will now rely – is broken. Many people who need treatment for a variety of mental illnesses, including PTSD, cannot get it due to lack of access and affordability— and policymakers force too many to wait until a crisis stage before asking for help.

“If leaders of our country are sincerely interested in fixing our mental health system, they need to show it now. President Trump proposed this year a 20 percent cut in mental health block grant funding to states that directly impacts those dealing with mental illnesses. Congress spent countless hours debating inadequate health care proposals that would have dismantled Affordable Care Act protections for people with mental illnesses.

“Congress needs to protect funding for mental health for children and adults, not obliterate it. President Trump should put the power of the presidency behind adequately funding the system.

“The families of those who died and who were injured will be affected by this event for the rest of their lives. Long after the physical wounds have healed, the trauma will remain. It is critically important that we recognize and understand this, and do all that we can to offer the help and support that these individuals, families, and loved ones need.

“MHA will continue to work for prevention and early intervention services, for integration, for peer-to-peer services, and for all services leading to recovery; for protection of the essential mental health benefits people need; for parity protections; and for choices in care, services, and supports for people with mental health concerns. We sincerely hope that all of our public officials will do the same – and act before they talk.”

September is Suicide Prevention Month

Please check out this article from Our Town, featuring MHA’s Executive Vice President, Sonia Wagner, LCSW.


Suicide Prevention at the VMA’s

Click below to hear how the musician, Logic, sheds light on the topic of suicide in his song titled “1-800-273-8255”.

 

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

Survivors of Suicide Group

The SOS (Survivors of Suicide) Group meets the first Wednesday of each month at MHA (The Mental Health Association of Rockland County) at

140 Route 303,
Valley Cottage, NY 10989
from 7 to 8 pm in Room 132.

The group provides support to individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide.
The death of a loved one through any cause is painful, but losing someone we love to suicide adds another layer of pain and emotions to the experience of loss.
Please call 845-267-2172 x465 for questions or attend the meeting. No registration required.

Resources:

American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Toll-Free: 1-888-333-AFSP (2377)

 

PROS Offered in Adult Homes

The talented and dedicated staff of MHA of Rockland literally and figuratively “meet people where they are at.” We engage individuals in a strength based, recovery oriented way to help them concretize the goals that they wish to achieve. We do the bulk of this work in the community, in people’s homes, schools, job sites, and community centers, allowing for greater access to and comfort with services. MHA Rockland has now embarked upon another new program which holds true to this piece of our mission.

 

In June 2017, administrative and clinical staff of our PROS program (Personalized Recovery Oriented Services program) began running therapeutic groups in several of the adult homes in the Rockland community. These groups use art therapy, recreational therapy, and social skill building as ways to engage residents in the homes. Participation is voluntary, and is designed to be short term. It allows individuals to connect to others in a meaningful way, as well as get a taste of what our PROS program is like. In many cases, it results in people applying to and being accepted into our Valley Cottage PROS program. These experiences and connections are beneficial to the participants in enriching their lives and addressing their mental health needs. They are similarly beneficial for the proprietors of the adult homes in creating a more stimulating and fulfilling environment. It is truly a “win win” initiative for all.