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We All Need a “Wingman”

I present to you guest blogger Marcelle Leis, Director of Veteran Services for the Association for Mental Health and Wellness.  Marcelle discusses a proven-strategy from military life that applies well to our challenges with COVID-19. by Marcelle Leis, M.S. CMSgt

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Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19, Veterans, Wingman

What Does Veterans Day Mean To You?

With Veterans Day approaching, it is very fitting that I present to you guest blogger Marcelle Leis, who was recently promoted to the newly created position of Director of Veteran Services.  Ms. Leis was previously Program Director of the Joseph

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Posted in Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project, Suffolk County United Veterans, Veterans

The Elusive Homeless Population

Please welcome Ruth McDade, Director of Development at the Association for Mental Health and Wellness, as a returning guest blogger. Her story below motivates us to continue the important work we do every day. ~ Michael Stoltz To help identify

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Posted in Homeless, Veterans

Seven ‘Dirty Words’ Words You Can’t Say About Healthcare

So…how are we now to tell people what’s good or bad mental health care? This past week, President Trump directed officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cease using seven terms, including “diversity,” “vulnerable,” “science-based,” and

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Posted in CDC, Centers for Disease Control, health, mental health, Politics, Veterans, wellness

Salve for the Sensibilities

I am a recovering news junkie…one who is struggling to stay on course in the current storm of political wrangling about social, economic, environmental, and overall  leadership issues. For many years, my home lifestyle included watching cable news and TV

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Posted in Addiction, Politics, Tension, Veterans

Amazed by Strength Through Adversity: What it Means to be Homeless

Please welcome Ruth McDade, Director of Development at the Association for Mental Health and Wellness, as a returning guest blogger. Her story below motivates us to continue the important work we do every day. We are grateful to her team

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Posted in Homeless, Veterans

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

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

Zeldin Calls for Expanded Vets Peer Support

Congratulations and thank you, Congressman Lee Zeldin! In an election year where there is often a lot of political posturing and little policy substance, New York’s freshman Congressman from the First District here in Suffolk County made a strong statement

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Posted in Dwyer Project, Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project, Peer Support, Veterans

Vets’ Families Define “Courage”

Today is Armed Forces Day, when we honor those who currently serve, or previously served, in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve units. The national theme of this years’ recognition events is “Honor those who answered

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Posted in Veterans
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