As one of the premier social organizations in NYC Unique People Services (UPS) understands the importance mental health and that it is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate to support people with mental illness and their families. Mental Health is important part of overall health and as we close out mental health awareness month let's be reminded that taking care of our minds and body is a year round necessity.
The 2018 National Mental Health Awareness Month theme was Fitness #4Mind4Body. In the beginning of the month we challenged everyone to make small changes – both physically and mentally – to create huge gains for their overall health and wellbeing. And as National Mental Health Awareness Month comes to an end, it’s important to remember that caring for your mental and physical health doesn’t stop once the month ends—it should be a daily goal. So we continue to encourage you to take a walk, eat healthy, and seek ways to reduce your stress.
Living a healthy lifestyle is a journey and may not be easy but with the right resources can be achieved over time. At UPS, one of goals is to keep the conversation going and aid in making everyone both physically and mentally healthy. Our aim is to provide the resources needed for successful outcomes. We participate in community and national initiatives that allow you to continue the conversation and build a healthier you and community.
Remember, positive mental and physical health is achievable. Keep the conversation going, take action, show support, and provide hope and help. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag and #WeAreUnique to share your progress and your ongoing inspirational stories.
UPS is proud to be a part of the #NOT62 Campaign for a Healthier Bronx. We are pleased to partner with Bronx Health Reach and the Bronx Health Action Center to reactivate the Bronx Mental Wellness Committee. This initiative's goal is to support Bronx-based efforts through the #Not62 Campaign to address emotional and mental stress in our borough, including how to address the opioid crisis.
Drug overdose is a serious public health concern and opioid-related overdose has increased as a health threat. A life-saving law took effect on April 1, 2006, making it legal in New York State for non-medical persons to administer Naloxone to another individual to prevent an opioid/heroin overdose from becoming fatal. All registered opioid overdose programs are furnished Naloxone (Narcan) by the NYSDOH. It is a prescription medicine that reverses an overdose by blocking heroin (or other opioids) in the brain for 30 to 90 minutes. Naloxone is now available in more than 2,000 pharmacies throughout New York State. Individuals who are themselves at risk for an overdose or their family members or friends may acquire naloxone in these pharmacies without bringing in a prescription.
To find a pharmacy visit : Naloxone Pharmacy Directory
To learn more visit: Opioid Overdose Prevention Initiative (A program of the New York State Department of Health)
Free Mental Health First Aid Training is provided by the Health Action Center. The free eight-hour training is available for all New Yorkers and teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. You will learn how to listen without judgement, and respond to and help someone in distress until they can get the professional care they may need.
There are a variety of courses available with different focuses (some courses may only be available upon request):
After completing the training, you receive a three-year certification in Mental Health First Aid. Trainings are scheduled regularly in all five boroughs, even on weekends. You can sign up to take a training course that fits your schedule, or schedule a training for a group of people.
NYC Well* is a one click, one call connection to counseling, crisis intervention, peer support and referrals for treatment and support services, serving New York City’s five boroughs. NYC Well is free, 24/7/365 confidential mental health support for all New Yorkers.
Website: Visit https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/
Call: English: 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355), Press 2 Call 711 (Relay Service for Deaf/Hard of Hearing), Español: 1-888-692-9355, Press 3 and 中文: 1-888-692-9355, Press 4
Text: Text WELL to 65173
*NYC Well is funded through the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and administered by the Mental Health Association of New York City.
Join us on June 21, 2018 from 10am-2pm, for the UPS 9th Annual Health Fair and Community Awards. The event will be held at Crotona Parkway, between Hornday Place and Bronx Park South. Join us for a day of entertainment, giveaways, food and with a healthy focus. Zumba, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Counseling information, Autism Awareness resources, HIV testing and Mobile Medical and Dental Services will all be available for free!
UPS’ is pleased to announce that we are participating in the the National Council for Behavioral Health Agencies Trauma Informed Care Learning Communities. This Learning Community will provide participating organizations, systems, and communities with the tools and skills to address trauma and to nurture resilience. National Council trauma experts will help UPS develop and implement a complete trauma-informed and resilience-oriented plan. This training will also extend the conversations that begin with last year’s successful TIC conference which was held in June 2017.
We are collaborating with Health First to host our 2nd Annual Trauma Informed Care Conference in July. Last year we hosted over 100 attendees, including a representative of the NYC Department of Health, staff from other Bronx non-profits, members of the clergy and health disparity workgroup members from the Campaign for a Healthy Bronx. The keynote address was given by trauma informed care (TIC) advocate, Tonier Cain and a screening of her award-winning film, “Healing Neen” was presented.
This year’s event is slated to be just as dynamic and engaging. Be on the lookout for information in the coming weeks. It’s a can’t miss event!