News & Events - What's Happening at the MHA
Save The Date!!!
Mental Health America
of Dutchess County Presents Our
Thursday, September 26th, 2013
155 Wilbur Boulevard, Poughkeepsie NY
Mental Health America of Dutchess County
Stomp Out Stigma First Annual Walk
Please join us on Mother's Day for our first mental health awareness walk over the Hudson on the Walkway.
Ask your friends and neighbors to join us as we stomp out stigma on the Walkway over the Hudson, just as we walk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer. People need to know that recovery from mental illness is possible with treatment. Our community is walking for mental illness just like other communities walk for other illnesses, because mental illness is like any other illness. Let’s eliminate stigma and stereotypes today!!!!!
Join hundreds of mental health advocates and service providers June 5-8, 2013, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD for Mental Health America’s 2013 Annual Conference, Why Wellness Works: Breakthroughs and Pathways to Whole Health. Up to 19 hours of continuing education available for social workers.
Check out the speakers, agenda and register at: www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/annualconference
Come for the conference, stay for the comedy! MHA will hold its inaugural “A Night in the Limelight” benefit on the evening of Saturday, June 8th, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, following its 2013 annual conference. Actor and comedian, Jeffrey Tambor, will be doing his one-man show, Performing Your Life, which has been receiving rave reviews from across the country.
Get your tickets today at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/nightinthelimelight
September 26, 2013 will be our annual Swing Away Stress event. The event will be held at Christo’s in Poughkeepsie. We hope you will join us for this event. Contact Kathleen Valentino at (845) 473-2500 X 1305 for details.
Our annual wreath sale will be held in December.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Has Available Several New Tip Sheets for Parents and Students:
Health and Safety for College Students - Learn the steps you can take to enjoy college the safe and healthy way. Find out at:
Learn Some Positive Parenting Tips - Discover (or rediscover) positive ways to help your child learn and develop. Find out at:
Positive Parenting Tips: Childhood & Adolescence - As children grow, they experience physical, mental, social, and emotional changes. Learning about each of these stages can help prepare you for the challenges and opportunities of parenting teenagers. Find out at:
Mental Health America Launches Online Support Community
Mental Health America has launched the Mental Health America Support Community—a new online community that connects families, friends, and caregivers for support and inspiration. The community has been created in partnership with Inspire, to provide safe, online health and wellness communities to help members live mentally healthier lives. Visit us at:
The community allows registered members to take part in moderated discussion groups, post personal journals, and support fellow members through their individual journeys and experiences. Those joining the community will find coping strategies and answers to their questions, as well as vital support, compassion, encouragement, and inspiration from others sharing experiences similar to theirs. Registration is free; upon joining, members will have complete control of their privacy options and can communicate with others in a safe, secure environment.
The Mental Health America Support Community contains over 20 discussion topics and features allowing members to...
· Read and participate in discussions
· Post personal profiles – share as much or as little as they’d like about themselves
· Post personal photos or videos
· Invite other members to be friends
· Create a personal journal (or “blog”) where they can express their feelings and allow others to comment
· Read others’ journals to learn about their experiences