MHA teams with NY Senator David Carlucci at Student Advisory Committee Meeting

By David Carlucci
Last night we hosted another informative Student Advisory Committee meeting with students from throughout the Hudson Valley.

I want to thank Nicole Sirignano and Sean Campbell of the Mental Health Association of Rockland County for conducting a thought provoking talk on suicide prevention.

If you or a family member is in crisis, please call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

You can help improve healthcare in the Hudson Valley!

We are asking people who live in the Hudson Valley to take a completely anonymous 10 minute survey to tell us what they think about health needs in their communities. Your opinions are very important to us and will help us understand how to better meet your health care needs.

Click here for the survey.



safeTALK: Suicide Prevention Training, Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MHA of Rockland County will be offering a free safeTALK: Suicide Prevention Training on Wednesday, September 10 from 9am to noon.  Registration will be at 8:30 am.

Key elements of this training include:

• Recognize the warning signs of suicide
• Identify preventive resources and how to access them
• Apply the TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen, Keep Safe)
• Learn what effective safeTALK is and is not
• Prepare “front line” community leaders with valuable information
• Learn effective ways to connect well and build rapport
• Receive valuable information
• Practice and enhance active listening skills
• Practice and enhance skills making effective referrals to appropriate professionals

To register call 845-267-2172, x296.

To download a pdf flyer, click here.






Educating the Public about Mental Health

Mental health issues have long been misunderstood by the general public.  Unless you have a friend or relative with a mental health or substance abuse issue, you probably have no way to understand what the experience is like.

Many people believe that those suffering from mental illness are usually violent.  This is certainly not true.  In fact, a person with mental illness is much more likely to be the victim of violence than a perpetrator. There are many types of mental illness or disorders, and they are common. They include depression, anxiety, impulse control, personality disorders, adjustment disorders and psychotic disorders.

Someone suffering from a mental illness cannot just “snap out of it”.  If you have a blockage in an artery, you can’t just will it away; qualified help is needed.  In this regard, mental illness is the same.  Professional help might include being treated by a clinician and/or psychiatrist.  Peer support can also be extremely helpful.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a diagnosis that has recently become more understood by the public.  This usually happens following a tragic event or series of events.  And war veterans are not the only ones that suffer from this disorder. Anyone who experiences a traumatic event can be at risk.  Seeking help for someone suffering from PTSD should be encouraged.

To further understand mental health issues, you may want to read more about mental health statistics or mental health myths and facts, provided by the Mental Health Association of Rockland County.

Would you like to know how people with mental illness can lead fully satisfying lives and not be defined by their illness? If so, consider registering for a free, one-hour tour of MHA Rockland’s mission.