Let’s Treat it Together


A 20 minute video on opiate addiction in Ohio, including updated statistics, addiction theory, how medication assisted treatment may be utilized, inspiration from judges, and a call to action issued by our own Chief Justice.  It is a follow-up video to the Judicial Symposium on Opiate Addiction, which took place in Columbus on June 30, 2014.  Please click HERE to view the video.


Disaster Planning – Financial Preparedness

Are you financially ready for a disaster?  Have you ever even asked yourself that question?  Click here to become educated on this topic.  Additional resources may be found at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/96123


An app for mental illnesses…really? Check this out….

PsyberGuide provides information, reviews, and ratings on apps for mental health.  Click here to review their product list.  For example, you can find a product by on of the following listings, feel free to use any of the links below:


Alcohol and the Holidays… two must reads:

The Truth About Holiday Spirits: How to Celebrate Safely This Season

We all want to celebrate during the holidays, and more people are likely to drink beyond their limits during this season than at other times of the year. Some will suffer adverse consequences that range from fights to falls to traffic crashes. Sadly, we often put ourselves and others at risk because we don’t understand how alcohol affects us during an evening of celebratory drinking.  Read more at:  http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/RethinkHoliday/NIAAA_NYE_Fact_Sheet.htm

Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and your health

Do you enjoy a drink now and then?

Many of us do, often when socializing with friends and family. Drinking can be beneficial or harmful, depending on your age and health status, and, of course, how much you drink.  Read more at:  http://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/

Coping when faced with emotional distress….

Incidents of mass violence such as the shootings in San Bernardino, CA and Savannah, GA on 12/2, Colorado Springs, CO on 11/27, and many others, can lead to significant levels of emotional distress or other behavioral health concerns among those impacted: survivors, loved ones of victims, first responders, rescue and recovery workers, or anywhere in the country, particularly among those who may have experienced a similar trauma and for whom news of these events may be especially distressing.

The following resources are from the Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH), a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), administered by Link2Health Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Mental Health Association of New York City. For additional information, resources, or questions about the DDH, please contact Christian Burgess, Director, cburgess@mhaofnyc.org / 1-212-614-6346.

Disaster Distress Helpline: Overview

  • The Disaster Distress provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Calls (1-800-985-5990; Spanish-speakers can press “2”) and texts (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746; Spanish-speakers can text “Hablanos” to 66746) are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the country, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support.

DDH/SAMHSA Resources

  • See attached for a summary of DDH services/information (Overview of SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline.September 2015)  and a copy of the DDH brochure (Disaster Distress Helpline English Brochure.December 2014)  that can be forwarded to contacts or printed for use as a resource, including during the days/weeks/months ahead as this will no doubt be a long recovery process for those most directly impacted by the shootings.
  • Bulk copies of DDH brochures, wallet cards and/or topical brochures on common mental health concerns experienced by those impacted by incidents of mass violence (tips for talking with children, trouble sleeping, grief/loss, PTSD, etc.) can be sent to you/other contacts at no cost; if you/contacts are interested in receiving additional copies, contact Christian Burgess (cburgess@mhaofnyc.org) to coordinate.
  • The SAMHSA DDH website has a page dedicated to Incidents of Mass Violence distress risk factors and warning signs + resources for coping http://1.usa.gov/1FoyCwz that can be added to any online resource web pages created in relation to the San Bernardino shootings or other incidents of mass violence.
  • SAMHSA Coping with Traumatic Events: Resources for Children, Parents, Educators, and Other Professionals http://1.usa.gov/1NLO8ND
  • SAMHSA Behavioral Health Response App allows providers to access critical, disaster behavioral health-related resources for clients/contacts affected by incidents of mass violence  http://1.usa.gov/X7ctoE


Why equating mental illness with violence harms us all ** A MUST READ **

We too often forget that those struggling with mental illness are constantly forced to fight a battle on two fronts. Not only do they have to grapple with themselves—with their own thoughts and mind—but they also have to contend with the negative assumptions made about those with mental illness, which are pervasive in our society.

Those stereotypes, though, are hardly a figment of their imagination. Public opinion suggests that people with mental illness and violent tendencies go hand in hand. In fact, at least half of the American public believes that individuals with mental illness are inherently more violent.

These claims are unfounded and they are completely unacceptable. Attitudes like this do nothing but aggravate the stigma that so many have spent decades trying to overcome……..read the full article by clicking here

Article by Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY)

13 Tips for De-stressing the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, including all the insanity that all too frequently passes for follity at this time of year. We are bracing ourselves for the massive blitzkrieg of full-scale holiday marketing and all the stress that can go with it. Click 13 tips to destress over holidays for ideas to help you and loved ones relax and enjoy the holidays!
Courtesy of Belleruth Naparstek of HealthJourneys.com

Slipping Into Alcoholism: How to tell if your binge drinking friend is an alcoholic

How do you know if someone you care about is just someone who enjoys a drink, or if they are facing alcoholism? How do you know when one is turning into the other? And, perhaps the hardest question, how do you help them? Learn More.



Drugged Driving? What is this?

Drugged Driving a Growing Problem, Report Shows

The percentage of drivers testing positive for marijuana or other illegal drugs is increasing, according to a new report. In 2013 and 2014, 15.1 percent of drivers tested positive for drugs, up from 12.4 percent in 2007.  Read more on this topic by clicking here.

Guess What!?!?

There IS hope after addiction!

I wish I knew this in college when I started using heroin. I may have also been an intern at the White House, but I was not immune to addiction. Now my mission is to make sure others understand recovery is the promise of a better future.

My parents sent me to treatment several times, but it took four additional years until I could successfully embark on a life of abstinence-based recovery in part because I couldn’t find support on my college campus.

Each time I left treatment and set foot back on campus — without other peers in recovery to connect with and look up to — I automatically took a step backwards. My campus didn’t have a staff person designated for students who were struggling. There was no one to help me build a support system or develop a higher vision of myself as a student in recovery. Had there been, I might not have spiraled so terrifyingly into darkness that led me to life on the streets and jail.

I have been in recovery, free from alcohol and drugs, for……read more by clicking here.