Across the Sates: Affiliate News
Georgia: Mental Health America of Georgia is launching a partnership with CafeMom, the leading website for mothers, reaching 6 million moms each month. As part of MHA of GA's Project Healthy Moms initiative, the organization has partnered with CafeMom to create a unique online support group for local mothers suffering from postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders. The group will be a central place online where moms in Georgia can meet each other, ask for advice, and find support for their mental health struggles. You can visit the new group, Georgia Moms with PPD, at http://www.cafemom.com/group/georgiappd.
New Jersey: Mental Health Association in New Jersey's (MHANJ) Bob Kley, COO/VP, and Eric Arauz, MHANJ Business Outreach Coordinator, appeared on the "Disabilities at Work" radio show. At MHANJ's invitation, Mental Health America president and CEO Dr. David Shern also appeared to discuss Making Mental Health a Business Priority. Dr. Shern spoke about what is happening at the national level while Bob, Eric and Andy Germak of MHA of Morris County discussed New Jersey's work in helping people with disabilities reenter the workforce. The show can be heard here.
New York: The Mental Health Association of Westchester County, Inc. has been recognized by the New York State Office of Mental Health in its 2010–2014 Statewide Comprehensive Plan for Mental Health Services as one of New York State's leaders in the transformation of the mental health system. The Plan describes the MHA's Care Coordination Program and the agency's success in transforming its culture and programs to person-centered, recovery-oriented services. The Plan also features the MHA's Partners in Parenting Program (PIP) as one of 25 programs in New York State identified by stakeholders as "making a difference in the lives of New Yorkers" in its Directory of Programs and Initiatives that People Say Are Making a Difference.
South Carolina: The Mental Health America of South Carolina recently received a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 811 Supportive Housing Grant, with a capital advance of $1,678,400 and a three-year rent subsidy of $134,100. The funds will be used to construct 14 one-bedroom townhouse apartments for the very low-income and will be grouped in 3 quadraplexes and 1 duplex building for people with chronic mental illness.
Wisconsin: A Mental Health of America of Wisconsin youth suicide prevention program has helped to contribute to a 45 percent decline in the suicide rate for 10-19 year olds in the state from 2005-2008. Over 4,500 people received training on youth suicide prevention through a $1.25 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In addition to the decline in suicides, the percentage of youth responding "yes" to various questions on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicative of suicidal ideation or behavior declined throughout the grant period, often significantly. MHA of Wisconsin recognized the work of its many partners in the effort. A report is available here. ::