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May 1, 2017

Mental Health Month Aims to Eliminate “Risky Business”

Category: General — NYSID @ 1:29 pm

May is Mental Health Month 2017, and this year’s campaign, “Risky Business,” educates the public on habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves.

These include such diverse risk factors as prescription drug misuse, internet/gaming addiction, excessive spending, and troublesome exercise patterns.

“Risky Business” raises awareness of the risks that these types of behaviors present –– especially to young people –– to help individuals detect these early warning signs, and to provide resources for prevention and early intervention.

Several of our William B. Joslin Award recipients have become successful, satisfied workers on NYSID Preferred Source contracts while overcoming mental illness.

Kenneth Grazette is the epitome of mental fortitude and perseverance. His adolescence was filled with darkness one can only imagine. Kenny was living in and out of shelters until he joined “Teen Challenge,” where he lived for 15 months.

Kenneth Grazette from American Maintenance possesses an extraordinary work ethic and a strong desire to transform his life

Once he was involved in more programs, he was introduced to mental health counseling services and programs. Kenny is living a clean life while fighting his bipolar disorder and depression on a daily basis.

He was hired by American Maintenance in August 2013. In his current position, he works independently and arms and disarms the building he cleans, ensuring the building is secure at the end of the shift and generally running the entire operation.

Kenny’s work ethic and desire to turn his life around are nothing short of extraordinary. He epitomizes what the Preferred Source Program is all about, and is a constant reminder of what we can overcome with perseverance.

For nearly 70 years, Mental Health America (MHA) and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings.

NYSID celebrates the efforts of MHA and our member agencies and corporate partners to help increase opportunities for individuals living with mental illness. #mhm2017 #riskybusiness


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