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Yet Again

By: Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO

The shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida hit close to home for me. Literally. It is about forty miles from my home in Lake Worth; ironically, this is about the same distance the Sandy Hook shooting was from my former home in Middletown, Connecticut. 

Leaders: Confront the Hatred and Trauma Head-On

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO

The mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton are yet another chilling reminder of the changed nation in which we all live.

When the Columbine shootings occurred twenty years ago, we understood it to be an uncommon tragedy. We sought information about the shooters, and naively believed that we might not live through more of these, and that we could move beyond them quickly.

Medicaid's 54th Birthday

By Caren Howard, MHA Advocacy Manager

Medicaid Anniversary

Advocacy Update: June 2019

Mental Health America (MHA) knows people are busy so we created the Back Home Campaign Advocacy Update to summarize federal and state mental health news and activities. If you’d like to learn about happenings in particular that are not addressed, please let us know by emailing MHA’s Caren Howard at choward@mentalhealthamerica.net.

Advocacy Programming

Advocacy Update: April 2019

Mental Health America (MHA) knows people are busy, so to help keep up with mental health advocacy tips and policy-related happenings, we created the Back Home Campaign Advocacy Update. We’ll summarize federal health-related goings on and offer a snapshot of our work. 

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Trauma Causes Serious Mental Illness, Let's Do Something About It

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO



Jeremy Richman, a Connecticut neuroscientist and co-founder of the Avielle Foundation, died last week after a long battle with trauma. His death followed the death of Sydney Aiello, who fought an equally courageous 13-month battle with trauma, as well as another current Parkland student just days later.

The Door is Now Open for Parity

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO

Ever since the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed in 2008, Mental Health America has worked tirelessly with other advocates to make mental health parity a reality.

A Walk on the Beach

By Joseph Gervasi, Board Member of MHA of Essex and Morris County

A Year Later: What We learned from Parkland

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO

It was a gloomy, rainy day yesterday as I flew into Ft. Lauderdale. Fitting for the week, as today marks a year since the horrifying massacre in Parkland, Florida. It is my first time back to Broward County since the shooting, which happened just 35 miles from my home in Lake Worth.

The Lesson of the 2018 Midterms for Our Mental Health

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO

Last week, we tweeted that we should vote as if our mental health depended on it. In the aftermath of this election, it is clear that we did.

Today, the major take-home lesson of yesterday’s election is this: it was mostly about healthcare after all.

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