Yearly Archives: 2016

Thanking Those Who Have Gone the Extra Mile

On this Veterans Day, we recognize all Vets for their service to protecting our country in peacetime and in conflict. I want to especially recognize those Veterans — such as those who work or volunteer as part of our agency’s

Posted in Dwyer Project, Healing, Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project, PTSD, Suicide

Why we do Mental Health Awareness Week?

There are a myriad of health education weeks and months for so many different diseases, each with campaigns and events to promote vital information that can engender personal, social, political, and health profession activation. Mental health awareness encompasses a huge

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Posted in CDC, Centers for Disease Control, Mental Health Awareness Week, Suicide, Veterans

When Therapy Mirrors Politics

The passing of Labor Day signals the start of what is often called the “silly season” – the two month run-up until Election Day.  But this year, things have gotten more than “silly.”  We’re dealing with a torrent of vitriol

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Posted in Healing, Politics, T-Groups

Help a Veteran neighbor this July 4th weekend: Silence the fireworks bombs

The other night I was sitting on my deck when a loud explosion shocked me in its suddenness and intensity. The evening before, I was at an event where my friend, Patrick Donohue, was performing as a comic. Patrick is

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Posted in PTSD, Veterans

Words Can Kill

And then there’s the guns. Our nation grieves again for the victims of yet another mass shooting, this one the largest, most horrific scale we have experienced with guns. As has become requisite now for these assaults on people and

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Posted in Gun Violence, Guns

Remembering Patty Duke (1946-2016)

Anna Patty Duke Pearce connected with 1,200 new friends on Mental Illness Awareness Day in 2006 — that’s what we at Clubhouse of Suffolk called our annual event back then. Now, thanks to Anna and many of her courageous peers,

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Posted in Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mental Illness Awareness Day, Stigma

Be a Mental Health “First Responder”

On March 19, 2016, Newsday‘s Laura Figueroa wrote a great story about the impact of Mental Health First Aid training for first responders.  MHAW trainers have been providing Mental Health First Aid certified courses to teachers, care managers, youth and forensic

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