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Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Judy Collins Lends Her Voice to Raise Awareness for Mental Health

on Fri, 06/24/2016 - 21:48
Join The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) at the Emelin Theatre on Thursday, October 13th for an evening of conversation and song with legendary singer-songwriter Judy Collins. An intimate stop during her Strangers Again tour, the unforgettable event will provide audiences with a glimpse into the acclaimed singer’s life as she shares her story, touching upon alcoholism, depression, the suicide of her son and her own suicide recovery. Proceeds from the event, which also features a VIP reception with Collins, benefit MHA’s vital mental health services. 
Thursday, October 13th at 7:00pm; Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY 10543. To purchase tickets, click here
 

MHA's CASA Program Welcomes 10 New Advocates

on Fri, 06/24/2016 - 21:51

Congratulations to our 10 new Court Appointed Special Advocates, who were sworn in by the Honorable Kathie E. Davidson, Supervising Judge, 9th Judicial District in White Plains on Wednesday, June 1st! Nearly 600 children in Westchester County are living in foster care homes, and many more are at risk of placement into the foster care system. Learn more about how our CASA volunteers advocate for their well-being here 

 

MHA Appreciation Luncheon Celebrates Volunteers

on Fri, 06/24/2016 - 21:29

On Tuesday, June 22nd, we celebrated the incredible men and women who devote their time as Court Appointed Special Advocates, Visit Hosts and Sterling Community Center volunteers with a special appreciation luncheon. Jimmy, who developed a long-lasting relationship with his CASA advocate while he was in foster care, so eloquently summed up the importance of our volunteer's service: "You and I are walking manifestations of how a little kindness can provide light in a dark place." Thank you to all of our volunteers - your commitment and care make all the difference in each life you touch!

 

Now Accepting Peer Specialist Applications

on Wed, 05/25/2016 - 16:17

The application period for the next cohort of MHA’s Peer Specialist Training, which begins on July 11th, is officially open! The 70-hour training is designed to impart knowledge regarding the recovery process and to teach peer support, engagement and reflective listening skills. The Peer Specialist Training course, which prepares and supports students interested in pursuing the New York State Peer Specialist Certification, meet twice per week for 14 weeks. For more information, click here or contact Bob Litwak at litwakr@mhawestchester.org or (914) 345-5900 ext 7105.

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

August 24 & 25, 2016 9:00-5:00 each day

Location: MHA of Westchester, 580 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop that teaches participants to Connect, Understand, and Assist individuals who have thoughts of suicide. ASIST is premised on the belief that most people who have thoughts of suicide want to live. ASIST teaches attendees to help individuals at risk turn toward life and to provide suicide first aid interventions. 

12 NYS SW Continuing Education hours available

If you have experienced a recent loss by suicide (typically within the past 6 months) please consider whether this is the right time for you to attend this training. As ASIST is repeated throughout the year, there will be future opportunities to attend. ASIST is open to community members over the age of 18.

The Mental Health Association of Westchester County SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0097.

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MHA Names Peter Sloane to Board of Directors

on Wed, 05/25/2016 - 16:15

The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Peter Sloane, chair of trademark and copyright practice at Leason Ellis LLP, to its Board of Directors. “We are proud to welcome Peter to our Board of Directors, where his passion and commitment to the greater Westchester community will prove invaluable,” said MHA CEO Dr. Amy Kohn.

 

 

 

New York Bar Foundation Presents Grant to MHA

on Wed, 05/25/2016 - 16:14

The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant to The Mental Health Association of Westchester to support the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, which trains volunteers to advocate for children who are in foster care or at risk for foster care. “CASAs” monitor and report on the physical health, behavioral health and education needs of children and fulfill their role through telephone and face-to-face contacts with the child, biological and foster parents, case managers and other service providers involved in the child’s life. The grant from The New York Bar Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the New York State Bar Association, will provide vital funding for the required 30-hour CASA training and the professional staff who supervise and support the volunteer advocates. To learn more about the CASA program, click here.

 

MHA Named Top Workplace by The Journal News

on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:30

On Sunday, May 1st, The Mental Health Association of Westchester was awarded a 2016 Top Workplaces honor by The Journal News. The award, which was only given to 15 companies in the Lower Hudson Valley, is based on results of a survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution and connection. MHA, which launched a “Best Place to Work” initiative last year, is grateful for the incredible staff who officially make the organization a Top Workplace in the region! To learn more about the award, click here . Interested in joining our team? Check out our job openings here.