Volunteer Voice: David Garson

Volunteer Voice: David Garson

When I was 22 years old, I tried to commit suicide and it changed the course of my life forever. At the time, I was living in California and had an undiagnosed mental illness (Bipolar 2 Disorder) and it led to me having a psychotic break.  My life began to sound like...
Volunteer Voice: Haley Kulesza

Volunteer Voice: Haley Kulesza

I have always been interested in the field of mental health due to my own and my loved ones’ struggles with mental illness. From a young age, I felt as though I was a therapist to my friends and family, so I decided to study psychology in college. I attended Hofstra...
One Mile An Hour, Suicide Awareness Event

One Mile An Hour, Suicide Awareness Event

It was a simple concept… at first. We wanted to run one mile every hour for 24 straight hours. I’m not really sure what the genesis of the idea was, but we knew we wanted to do it. And we knew we wanted people to know about it. The positive mental health benefits of...
Dead Addicts Don’t Recover: The Case for Harm Reduction

Dead Addicts Don’t Recover: The Case for Harm Reduction

MHA Harm Reduction Series, Part II One of the principal objectives of harm reduction is to reduce the spread of infectious disease. Harm reduction data reveals a compelling inverse correlation between harm reduction methodology and HIV & Hepatitis C rates —as a...
Master Your Stress Before Your Stress Masters You

Master Your Stress Before Your Stress Masters You

Did you know that In 2015 the amount spent on stress-related health care costs in America was 160 billion to 256 billion (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016; Goh, Pfeffer & Zenios, 2016). Moreover, it is estimated that for all physician office...
Beyond Abstinence: Harm Reduction & Recovery

Beyond Abstinence: Harm Reduction & Recovery

MHA Harm Reduction Series, Part III You’ve likely heard of healthcare parity—the initiative to treat mental health and substance use disorders with the same quality and coverage of care as physical illnesses. Parity, despite being written into law, is far from the...
What is Harm Reduction?

What is Harm Reduction?

MHA Harm Reduction Series, Part I Harm Reduction refers to innovative, evidence-based interventions aimed at minimizing the harmful, negative consequences of substance use, untreated mental illness, associated high-risk behaviors, and systemic injustices. Harm...
How Can I Help?

How Can I Help?

What You Can (And Shouldn’t) Do To Help A Loved One Deal With Mental Illness Many of us in recovery have experienced the well-meaning interference of friends and family.  But what really helps and what actually might make the situation even worse?  Most people mean...
Support The MHA’s Events

Support The MHA’s Events

Please consider sponsoring or participating in one or more events to help us continue our important trainings to help people recognize the signs of someone thinking about suicide and what to do about it. We must end the stigma tied to mental health issues in order to...