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Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, in Ithaca, The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County is committed to developing and supporting the active involvement of ordinary people (including providers, family members and recipients of mental health services) in all aspects of mental health. These include the definition of needs, the promotion of community, and the provision of services. We also support the human and civil rights of people who use mental health services, and will educate the community on all perspectives concerning mental health and mental health disabilities.

Our services are available to those who live or work in Tompkins County. We have limited services available in Seneca, Schuyler and Yates Counties in Central New York. We are always happy to respond to email inquiries in English, regardless of place of origin, if we can be of service.

A United Way agency, The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County is a chapter of the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS). MHANYS is an affiliate of Mental Health America (MHA), formerly the National Mental Health Association (NMHA).

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Glenn Liebman, CEO for the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS), talks about mental health and the role of MHANYS and its affiliate networks.
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MHANYS and its affiliate network work to promote mental health and recovery, encourage empowerment in mental health service recipients, eliminate discrimination, raise public awareness with education, and advocate for equality and opportunity for all.


OCTOBER 2014

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WELLNESS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You are invited to celebrate National Mental Illness Awareness Week with the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County (MHATC) during our first ever Week of Wellness! From October 6-10, the MHATC, along with other local organizations and businesses, will be offering educational and wellness-based activities to the community. Throughout the week you can enjoy everything from FREE fitness classes at the YMCA to a movie screening at Cinemapolis – from an Alternative Healing Practices Seminar at Rasa Spa to a fun trivia night at Agava. See the week’s order of events to left. You can also follow our FB page or look for a schedule posted around town to stay up-to-date on what events are happening throughout the week. There’s definitely something for everyone. Call (607) 273-9250 if you have questions about any event you are interested in. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

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Peter Wofanger from Challenge will be at SPACE from 3pm every Wednesday, offering assistance with career exploration and job readiness. SPACE is located at 301 S Geneva St in Suite 110.

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The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County offers a Saturday Kids Recreation program and Parent Support Group during the school year. Both groups will meet at 1pm at the YMCA. Please call Pat at 607 273-9250 to register your child(ren).
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October 6, at 6PM, the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County will be hosting a FREE SCREENING of Blue Jasmine at Cinemapolis. After the screening will be a brief discussion about the representation of mental health. We hope to see you there! Call 607-273-9250 with questions.
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October 31, at 3pm SPACE will host a Halloween Party for members! Prizes for best costumes, games and food! SPACE is located at 301 S Geneva St in Suite 110.
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Coming in November

We are currently seeking poetry, personal narratives, short stories, paintings, drawings, and photography for the December edition of the States of Mind literary and arts magazine. In correlation with our own efforts to foster a community dedicated to supporting and encouraging those struggling with issues of mental health, we ask contributors to artistically explore the next issue’s theme: “synergy.” Synergy is a noun referring to “1. combined action or operation; 2. the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements or contributions.” Submissions could elaborate on how individuals in a community can unite for a common cause, how small efforts yield big results, or on other ways the concept, sound, or effects of the word synergy inspire you.Created predominantly by and for consumers of mental health, States of Mindaims to give voice to those that are often silenced, and thus challenge misconceptions regarding mental health. Because “although not everyone has mental illness, everyone has mental health.”Deadline for submissions is Sunday, Nov. 9. For questions or more information call (607) 273-9250 or email enowels@mhaedu.org

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On Wednesday, November 26 we will host a Thanksgiving Dinner for our community. Dinner begins at 5:30, come early because seating is limited. We ask for a donation of $1.00 or more per meal. Vegetarian option will be available.