skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, December 4, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

NH gun-safety advocates advise services, bipartisan laws after deadly shootings; Food banks, pantries address rising food insecurity during winter holidays; Despite cost debate, some MN businesses intrigued by paid-leave law.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Muslim American leaders in swing states like Michigan threaten to Abandon Biden, VP Harris criticizes greenwashing at COP28, former congresswoman Cheney calls the GOP a "threat," and George Santos is expelled.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

NY Group Hosts Wellness Fair for Mental Health Awareness Month

play audio
Play

Monday, May 1, 2023   

During Mental Health Awareness Month, a New York organization is celebrating by helping people learn about mental health.

The Center for the Independence of the Disabled New York will be holding a Wellness Fair on May 13. Along with mental health, the fair will also focus on spiritual and physical health.

The fair will include a wellness circuit - which includes grounding techniques, coping strategies and mindfulness. Dr. Sharon McLennon-Wier, CIDNY's executive director, described the importance of mental health to overall health.

"The brain really oversees everything that we do and feel," said McLennon-Wier. "So, it's imperative that we learn how to regulate our emotions, understand what we eat can affect how we feel."

She added that it's also important to monitor how different activities affect mood regulation.

The Wellness Fair will be held at CIDNY's Manhattan office at 1010 6th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone looking to attend can register online at cidny.org.

According to Mental Health America's State of Mental Health report, almost 3 Million New Yorkers have a mental illness.

As important as mental health is, McLennon-Wier noted that there is still a stigma surrounding it.

Along with the need for payment parity, McLennon-Wier said there are other challenges that need to be addressed so people have better access to mental health services.

"There's never enough providers to give the services, right? We are in a short point of clinicians," said McLennon-Wier. "There are Ph.D-level clinicians as well as master's-level clinicians, and we need to get more people in the field."

A 2022 report from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds there are more than 200 Health Professional Shortage Areas in New York. The report also notes it would take 411 practitioners to remove the HPSA designations.

But, many feel this will come soon since $1 billion are being invested in mental-health care and staffing in the 2024 State Budget.



Disclosure: Center for Independence of the Disabled New York contributes to our fund for reporting on Disabilities. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
According to data by SCORE, 75% of small business owners donate an average of 6% of their profits to charitable organizations each year. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Small Business Saturday has come and gone and the North Carolina Sustainable Business Council urged people to keep "shopping local" this season…


Social Issues

play sound

Gun-safety advocates in New Hampshire are urging Gov. Chris Sununu to back policies proven to reduce gun violence following a series of deadly …

Social Issues

play sound

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found the repayment process for federal student loans has been filled with errors…


Minnesota's new paid leave law, scheduled to take effect in 2026, will distribute benefits through a state-operated insurance pool funded by employers and employees. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Minnesota is two years away from enacting its new paid leave law and while the debate over costs has resurfaced, some in the small business community …

Social Issues

play sound

A lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's collective near-total bargaining ban for most public workers is by some seen as a way to bolster the state's beleagu…

The Environmental Protection Agency is working on rules that will incentivize the transition to heavy-duty electric vehicles. (VanderWolf Images/Adobestock)

play sound

As the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai wraps up, Democratic lawmakers and clean-air advocates are calling on the Environmental …

Environment

play sound

NASA-funded research using satellites to study atmospheric nitrogen will examine how different farming approaches affect greenhouse gas emissions…

play sound

The American Gas Association misled the public on the health effects of burning gas for decades. Now, a coalition wants the Washington State …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021