Safe Haven Welcomes Rockland Residents

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us. While many of us look forward to this time of year with wonder and delight, the cold winter months can present challenges for many of our community members who face housing instability and homelessness. In this vein, we are proud to announce that we have partnered with the Rockland County Department of Social Services and Helping Hands to be part of the new Warming Center called Safe Haven now open for Rockland County residents. MHA of Rockland will be providing peers, people with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use issues, to work in the center Monday through Friday. These individuals will offer encouragement, support, assessment services and linkage to resources as a part of an organized effort to tackle homelessness in Rockland County. Our selection as a valued partner is yet another example of our innovation, our reputation, and our proven ability to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

 

From our MHA family to yours: we wish you peace, love, and prosperity in the coming year. May your days be filled with joy and contentment. Thank you for supporting our mission driven services, and joining us on our journey as we connect people, educate families and rebuild lives.

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)