World Mental Health Day is Saturday, October 10

This year, the topic of mental health has perhaps become the most important one due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the effect it has had on the mental state of humans for the past 9-10 months. Our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s important to check-in regularly on our mental health. Read a book, enjoy nature, take a walk, listen to your favorite song, mediate, practice mindfulness, create something beautiful. Take time out for YOU.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a comprehensive site with resources and a special virtual event for all to join: .

For local resources, support and treatment options, reach out 📲 845.589.0671.


CONTACT:  Ms. Velvet Reda

845-267-2172 x257




Valley Cottage, NY – As National Suicide Prevention Month ends, Mental Health Association of Rockland (MHA of Rockland) continues to be a year-round resource for those who struggle with suicidal thoughts. In addition, the agency offers a program for people who have lost a loved one to suicide. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, on average, one person dies by suicide every five hours in New York.

“Suicide rates may increase as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as people struggle with isolation, financial stress and loss,” said Stephanie Madison, President & CEO. “Individuals with pre-existing mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and substance use disorders are especially vulnerable if left untreated. We offer hope because proper treatment can lead to healthy lives and prevent suicide.”

One major risk factor for suicide is impairment due to substance use, which can cause someone to act impulsively and make life-altering decisions that they might not make while sober.  Stress and isolation stemming from COVID-19 make everyone more vulnerable to misusing substances or jeopardizing earlier recovery success.  MHA of Rockland’s clinic offers counseling, medication assisted treatment, and peer support to those whose lives have been touched by substance use, either their own use or a loved one’s. For information about any of these programs, call 845-267-2172, x296.

Facts About Suicide in the United States

  • On average, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-34, and the fourth leading cause of death in individuals between the ages of 35-55.
  • In 2018, men died by suicide 3.56 times more often than women.

For More Information on the Mental Health Association of Rockland


If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide:

About Mental Health Association of Rockland

The Mental Health Association of Rockland is the premier provider of behavioral health services in the community, engaging more than 5,000 individuals annually.  MHA of Rockland consistently strives to improve the quality of life for those affected by mental health and/or substance use issues. They offer a vast array of therapeutic, peer and residential services.  For more information, please visit

Don’t Forget to VOTE!

“Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and this world.”- Sharon Salzberg

Election Day is quickly approaching! Please see Rockland County voting information including forms, early voting opportunities, instructions to register, ballots and on-line voting:

Apply for an absentee ballot or vote by mail:

For more information about voting in the state of New York:

Parent Support Group: Wednesday, August 26 6:30-8:30 pm

We encourage parents and caregivers of adolescents with emotional challenges to join this free, confidential and supportive meeting. Join and meet other parents such as yourself. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

If you would like to join the meeting, please RSVP to Madlen Setian at If you are a new parent/caregiver, please make sure to include full name, phone number and e-mail address you would like us to use when contacting you. You will receive the Zoom credentials by return email. You may join with a PC, tablet or phone. You will receive links, and numbers for all methods.

I look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday evening!

Madlen Setian, FPA

Parent Support Group Facilitator