Sabrina Johnson, Coordinator, Northern Westchester Recovery Center
Ms. Johnson formerly served as an Outreach and Engagement Specialist with MHA of Westchester’s Walk-in Support Services and is completing her social work degree at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Ms. Johnson has worked as a peer for more than 15 years in various agencies in Westchester County and was the first Recipient Affairs Specialist at Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health. As the Recipient Affairs Specialist, Ms. Johnson advocated, facilitated and provided technical assistance to peer operated and peer-run programs. In addition Ms. Johnson developed the Community Support Services Grant Program, the Westchester Peer Network and the Mental Health Advocacy Project at Westchester Independent Living Center. Ms. Johnson has served on many committees and advisory boards and has received several recognitions and awards such as the NASW Social Worker of the Year Award and the MHA NYS Inspirational Award.
Donna Mandel, Director of MHA's ACT Team
Dr. Mandel holds a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Washington DC and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Prior to joining MHA, she worked at Housing Works, Inc as a Borough Director for the Health Homes Care Management Department. In that capacity she was responsible for the Health Home department’s policy development and implementation as well as for developing and evaluating program initiatives. Housing Works, Inc is a community based organization whose mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS.
National Wellness Week, September 15–21, 2014
Wellness—the presence of purpose in life, active involvement in satisfying work and play, a healthy body and living environment, joyful relationships, and happiness—is integral to our behavioral health. Practicing wellness has become an essential part of good behavioral health. Join SAMHSA's #ShareWellness! social media conversation or learn more about wellness.
#StrongerTogether is a new joint initiative of The New York State Office of Mental Health today and The Huffington Post to educate the public, increase awareness, and provide help to those at-risk of suicide. Explore #StrongerTogether .
Warning signs indicate that someone may be at risk of suicide currently and require an immediate response tailored to that individual and his/her situation. Learn the Warning Signs that someone may be at risk. Read our page about How To Be Helpful to Someone Who Is Threatening Suicide.
Back to school can be stressful
To help you support your child’s return to school Metal Health America offers several resources to help parents and caregivers recognize and address the challenges our students face, including the problem of bullying.
Back to College can also be a challenging time. Mental Health America has also developed materials to help our college students be at their best and to help freshmen with the transition. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/back-campus
More help to Address Bullying:
SAMHSA releases a free KnowBullying app to help parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child build the foundation for a strong relationship, and help prevent bullying.
The KnowBullying app includes: Signs that a child may be affected by bullying, suggestions about starting the conversation, information about social media, and more. The free KnowBullying app is available for Android and iPhone®.