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The 12th annual MHA on the move 5K run/walk is THIS weekend!

on Tue, 03/01/2016 - 12:49

Join us for a family-friendly morning in the park on Sunday, May 1st!
Now in its 12th year, MHA on the move 5K Run/Walk features a one-mile kids’ race, entertainment, refreshments, raffle prizes and – new this year – a guided meditation. Can’t attend but want to raise funds to support our services?
You can start your own fundraiser here.

Online registration closes Friday, April 29th at 11:59pm. Missed the deadline? Don’t worry – you can register in person on Sunday! 

MHA on the move takes place rain or shine.

8:00 am: Registration opens

9:00 am: Cheer on the kids during their very own one-mile race

9:45 am: Lace up your sneakers, the 5K run/walk starts now

 

Hot Off the Presses: Spring 2016 Newsletter

on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:45

Check out MHA’s newest newsletter for an in-depth look at our Planned Respite services, a special message from our CEO about how MHA is creating the agency of the future, information on an exciting new grant we received from the Department of Labor and more!

Read the newsletter here.

 

Sterling Legacy Circle Members Gather to Celebrate

on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:04

On Tuesday, April 5th, members of the Sterling Legacy Circle attended a special commemoration ceremony for the new Sterling Legacy Tree art installation at MHA’s Tarrytown offices. Crafted by Manhattan artist Nick Stavrides, the Sterling Legacy Tree recognizes the generous individuals who have left MHA in their wills or who plan to leave a bequest. The vision and commitment of our founding members has allowed MHA to continue building on its 70 years of success and plant strong roots for our future.

For more information about the Sterling Legacy Circle, click here.

 

Save the Date for an Exclusive Film Screening

on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 13:57

Mark your calendars for the Westchester premiere of the award-winning feature film, No Letting Go, on Wednesday, May 4th at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers. Based on writer and producer Randi Silverman’s own life, No Letting Go follows a Westchester family as they navigate their son’s mental health conditions and the difficult decisions they must make as he grows up. Following the screening, moviegoers are invited to participate in a Q&A and discussion with the real family behind the film, as well as experts in the mental health field. This film screening is made possible through a collaboration with The Harris Project, HDSW, NAMI Westchester, the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health and WJCS.

Click here to purchase tickets.

 

Award-winning Designer Launches New Collection to Raise Awareness

on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 13:46

Westchester native Samantha Levine, owner of Auburn Jewelry, is using her talent to help raise awareness for mental health with a new collection of hand-crafted pendants and cufflinks. Designed in memory of her dear friend Jeff Klein, who died by suicide in 2010, the thoughtful "j" design was also inspired by Project Semicolon, a national movement to spread hope and love to those with mental health issues. A portion of the proceeds made from "Jeff's Pendant" will be generously donated to MHA.

Click here to purchase “Jeff’s Pendant” and to view other Auburn Jewelry designs.

 

 

Skills Training Available: Opportunities for Trained Volunteers

on Sat, 01/30/2016 - 00:58

Walking the Fine Line: Exploring the Perspectives of Behavioral Health Professionals with Lived Experience

May 4, 2016, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon 
Course Location: MHA of Westchester, 580 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Lived experience of recovery from mental health conditions is prevalent among people who work in a variety of roles throughout the mental health system.  Regrettably, the presence of stigma leads to an ongoing "us vs. them" mentality and creates fear on multiple levels for workers who may be considering disclosing and/or using their own histories.  

This workshop, with particular focus on social work practice, will encourage an open dialogue around the issues of disclosure, roles, and internal stigma, while looking at how providers' disclosures of their own lived experiences may help to break down barriers throughout the mental health system.

Presenters:
Jeremy Reuling, LCSW, Director, Sterling Community Center, MHA of Westchester 
Elizabeth Breier, MHAP; Director of Wellness Centers, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey; 
Amanda Saake, LMSW, Senior Program Associate, Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery, The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc.  

2 NYS SW CE hours available

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.

Download Registration Form

 


Upcoming Opportunities for Trained Volunteers

CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a 30 hour training, on May 3rd, which prepares volunteers to serve as advocates to children’s cases of abuse and neglect.  CASA is assigned by court order and is responsible to monitor the child’s health, mental health, education and permanency planning.  Learn more about our CASA program.  
 
 
Host Visitation is a 15 hour training, whereby volunteers are assigned as Visit Hosts to supervise and coach families as they spend time together.  Families are usually separated by foster care and research indicates that the more contact with the family of origin, the more likely the child will have reduced symptoms of trauma.  Learn more about our Host Visitation program.         
 
With each program, volunteers are well trained and supervised by professional staff. 
 
To learn more about our volunteer programs, please contact Jackie Boissonnault at (914) 345-5900, ext. 7518 or by email at boissonj@mhawestchester.org.