September: Recovery Month

As many of you may not know, every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and decrease stigma surrounding mental and substance use disorders. One of my favorite aspects of this month is the celebration of Recovery Warriors and the remembrance of those who were lost in battle. This year's theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together [...]


The Manifestation of Stigma When Discussing Mental Health

Believe it or not, you may be the reason someone is not seeking the help they very much need. Yup, I said it. And I need to say it again. You may be the reason someone is not seeking the help they very much need.This month (September) is National Suicide Prevention Month and the goal [...]

Youth Mental Health First Aid Bill

Senator Jesse Hamilton services the 20th District in Brooklyn (Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, South Slope, and Sunset Park.) and in January 2016 I was invited to the Albany Press Conference which launched his Mental Health First Aid Bill. This Bill will provide teachers in the Department [...]

Question Of The Week

Question: What two personal accomplishments fill you with the greatest sense of pride? Answer: 1. Graduating College- The moment I finished walking across the stage I suddenly became overwhelmed with emotion. " I really did it" was the only thing I could think as tears slid down my cheeks. I began to have flashbacks of [...]

“No Different Than You” Video Screening

Stigma plagues all communities, and in my attempts to reduce that stigma the youth and I created a video for Children's Mental Health Awareness Month (May). With support and help from BRIC Arts Media, we were able to put together this dynamic film  where the youth were able to share their experience about their mental health journey. Developing this video [...]