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Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D., Acting Commissioner
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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May is Mental Health Month Web Links

Albany, NY (May 1, 2012)

Where in the World Wide Web will you go today?  To celebrate May is Mental Health Month, we have compiled 31 interesting links to help you and your loved ones lead full and healthy lives. Check out some of these links to learn more about health, wellness, and emotional development.

May 1. Healing Trauma's Invisible Wounds focuses on the impact of traumatic events in individuals and communities. It is the 2012 May is Mental Health theme developed by Mental Health America. Leaving OMH site

May 2. Healthy Minds. Healthy Lives. is the American Psychiatric Association's online resource for anyone seeking mental health information. Leaving OMH site

May 3. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Lifeline's national network of local crisis centers, provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night. Leaving OMH site

May 4. The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) is a statewide coalition of people who use and/or provide recovery oriented community based mental services. Leaving OMH site

May 5. is the largest consumer mental health site, providing comprehensive, trusted information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view. Leaving OMH site

May 6. Resilience can be defined as doing well in the face of challenges. How well does a child succeed when confronted with adversity? Read about the panel discussion, "The Resilient Child: Born or Built?" that the New York University Child Study Center recently presented. Leaving OMH site

May 7. Math anxiety is a real phenomena....Brain imaging studies reveals for the first time how brain function differs in people who have math anxiety from those who don't. Leaving OMH site

May 8. KidsHealth is more than just the facts about health. KidsHealth also provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens. Leaving OMH site

May 9. Supporting Children's Mental Health: Tips for Parents and Educators is brought to you by the National Association of School Psychologists. Leaving OMH site

May 10. A recent study found that teens suffering from depression are at a greater risk of being bullied due to difficulties in establishing friendships amongst their peers. Leaving OMH site
Learn the signs of childhood depression so that you can intervene sooner, rather than later. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) provides an array of educational materials for families and care providers.§ion=Facts+for+Families Leaving OMH site

May 11. Help children discover the exciting world of the brain, spinal cord, neurons and the senses. Neuroscience for Kids has been created for all students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system. Leaving OMH site

May 12. The Family Advocacy Counseling and Training Services Program (FACTS) is a statewide support program for families and individuals who have sustained a brain injury prior to age 22. FACTS Coordinators are employees of the Brain Injury Association of New York State and are located in each region of the state. Leaving OMH site

May 13. Happy Mother's Day! Being a mom is hard work. Take care of yourself to take care of your family. Leaving OMH site

May 14. It's National Women's Health Week! Leaving OMH site
Women often serve as caregivers for their families, putting the needs of their spouses, partners, children, and parents before their own. If you are a woman, make your health a top priority. Take the steps to improve your physical and mental health by making an appointment to visit your health care professional today in honor of National Women's Checkup Day. PDF Document (152kb) Leaving OMH site

May 15. For women, your mental health is just as important as your physical health when it comes to living a vital and fulfilling life. Leaving OMH site

May 16. Spotlight on Men's mental health. Leaving OMH site

May 17. Stress reduction via Mother Nature….get outside! Leaving OMH site

May 18. Your brain loves berries. A new study from Harvard reveals that eating berries like strawberries and blueberries can stave off memory loss in older women. Leaving OMH site

May 19. It hurts seeing a spouse or loved one struggle with depression. Things you can do if you find yourself in this situation. Leaving OMH site

May 20. Living with Lupus can have a profound effect on a person's mental and emotional well-being. Understanding feelings of grief, fear, anxiety and depression can help to develop techniques for coping with them. Leaving OMH site

May 21. Dogs take the bite out of stress at work. A study revealed that man's best friend may make a positive difference in the workplace by reducing stress and making the job more satisfying. Leaving OMH site

May 22. Many Hispanics/ Latinos rely on their extended family, community, traditional healers, and/ or churches for help during a health crisis. As a result, thousands of Hispanics/Latinos with mental illness often go without professional mental health treatment. Access to culturally appropriate and effective care is critical. Leaving OMH site

May 23. Tai Chi has a powerful effect in older people to fight depression. Leaving OMH site

May 24. Yoga to treat high blood pressure and cardiac disease? A recent study suggests that yoga may be effective in treating patients with stress-related psychological and medical conditions. Leaving OMH site

May 25. What's so good about sports for kids? Research shows that, in addition to being fun, sports promote healthy development in many areas with positive effects that last into adulthood. Leaving OMH site

May 26. What do washing dishes, cooking, cleaning and gardening have in common? They've all been shown to lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Leaving OMH site

May 27. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides helpful information on coping with violence and traumatic events. Leaving OMH site

May 28. The Service Women's Action Network empowers servicewomen and woman veterans of all eras through groundbreaking advocacy initiatives and innovative, healing communities. Leaving OMH site

May 29. The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma. The PTSD Coach was created by the Veteran's Administration (VA) National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense's (DoD) National Center for Telehealth and Technology. Leaving OMH site

May 30. Stress can influence disease and health. Leaving OMH site
Discover ways to relieve stress in your daily life. Leaving OMH site

May 31. Kick the habit in observance of World No Tobacco Day. The New York State Smoker's Quitline has the resources and support to help you take the steps toward a healthier you. Leaving OMH site