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purpleribbonOctober is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Gather in community at our ongoing events, support groups, and healing events as we change the beliefs, behaviors and institutions that perpetuate violence.

Events marked with the purple ribbon stamp are special October specific awareness raising events.

Actor Jim Carrey and I Need You Euphemia

We would like to share this message to our CEO Euphemia S. Adams:

Hi Euphemia,

As I was enjoying my free coffee from Dunkin Donuts on Tuesday, courtesy of National Coffee Day, I learned about the tragedy in actor Jim Carrey’s life. His girlfriend had died by suicide…

At first, I got angry. I felt sad and frustrated. I couldn’t understand why people continue to die by suicide.

No doubt about it, I’ve been there myself, too. After taking some time to process my feelings, I decided to write you to ask you for your help.

Here’s why I need your help Euphemia:


September was National Suicide Prevention month. I’d like to call your attention to a few new articles published on the blog. Please read them and share them with your friends. That’s all it takes to keep the conversation going and save more lives.

5 Simple Steps to Teen Suicide Prevention – My friends at the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) teamed up with me on this one. Read it here…

Interviews – Nicole D’Amore, the Operations Manager and Maureen Underwood, the Clinical Director for SPTS shared some incredible insight from their own lived experience.

Finally, please join the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide in saving more lives. I urge you to visit their website today and share this email with your friends.

Thank you in advance Euphemia!

Mike Veny

P.S. I should also mention that Maureen Underwood is the co-developer of the Complete Lifelines Trilogy, a breakthrough program for suicide prevention, postvention, and intervention

parachuteWhat is Parachute NYC?

Parachute NYC provides alternatives to hospitalization for people experiencing emotional crises. Parachute NYC offers free, community-based options that focus on overall wellness, recovery, and hope. It is largely driven by peers – who themselves have had their own experiences with the mental health system.

In addition to home-based treatment, Parachute NYC offers crisis respite centers where people can stay overnight in a calm, open, and supportive environment. A Support Line (646-741-HOPE) is also available for those experiencing emotional distress.

Services are available in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens to New Yorkers ages 18 to 65. In Brooklyn, home-based treatment services are available to people ages 16 to 30. Staten Island residents ages 18 to 65 can seek services in Manhattan. .

For more information on Parachute NYC services including referrals and eligibility requirements, please visit

Mental Health Month

News from the National Council of Behavioral Health



Families on the Move Remembers Ginny Woods



In January, Governor Cuomo announced the creation of a Commission on Youth, Public Safety, and Justice tasked with creating a blueprint to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York.

The Raise the Age–NY campaign and its supporters have worked to increase public awareness of the need to implement a comprehensive approach to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York State. Currently New York is one of only two states in the nation to automatically charge all 16 and 17 year olds in the adult criminal justice system regardless of the offense for which they are charged. New York also charges youth 13-15 in the adult criminal justice system for some offenses and youth as young as seven can be arrested and charged in the juvenile justice system. Treating youth in the adult criminal justice system is harmful to youth, harmful to public safety, and harmful to communities. Read more…


1. Apply during a Special Enrollment Period

2. Apply for Medicaid and CHIP anytime

3. Get covered on a parent’s plan

4. Consider catastrophic health coverage

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