127 results for author: Harlem United


Why Patricia is combining art therapy and activism

Patricia first came to Harlem United a year into her recovery, hoping to not just survive but thrive, and one of the first programs that she connected with was art therapy. “Some things that I did were self-destructive and I’m not going to be able to cure that right away. Working on yourself doesn’t happen overnight.” Addiction led to risky sex and other behaviors with results that Patricia is not happy about, including an HIV diagnosis. Which is why some of her art takes an activist stance. One of her earlier pieces is a pop art - activist mashup, juxtaposing the then- (and still now) megahit musical Wicked with safer sex messages. ...

Harlem United featured on NBC News

In honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, NBC News ran a news piece featuring Harlem United and one of our clients and peer advocates, Ray. You can read the full story here.

HARLEM UNITED COMMENDS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR HIS CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO CRITICAL SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE PRINCIPLES

New York, NY (January 10, 2018) – Harlem United, a nationally recognized housing, health and human services organization, commends Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s continued commitment to improving the lives of all New Yorkers with his 2018 agenda of critically important social and economic policies. In his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo showed his commitment to invest in social and economic programs to help improve the lives of all New Yorkers. The Governor announced innovative solutions to address homelessness, including increasing outreach by local social service districts and increasing mental health and substance use disorder ...

How art therapy is changing Ellen’s life

Ellen will be quick to tell you that she’s not an artist, but her dozens of paintings over the past thirteen years tell a different tale. When she first started in the art therapy program in 2004, she says that she didn’t really know what she was doing. “I was just throwing paint on. But I kept coming back every time that I could.” Today, Ellen paints with skill and focus, selecting the subjects of her paintings with care and consideration and always trying to learn something new — from Donna, our art therapist, and also from her fellow artists. Picasso’s art can be broken up into periods — the Blue Period, the Rose Period, Cubism, ...

Time-Sensitive HIV/AIDS Call to Action!

Friday’s World AIDS Day event in NYC was an exciting moment in New York State’s effort to end our HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2020. New HIV diagnoses in New York State have decreased to historic lows and we have demonstrated major progress toward achieving our ETE goals. All of you are part of this progress! In honor of World AIDS Day, I’m asking YOU to make calls to State and federal representatives this week so that we can get to the finish line and end New York’s AIDS epidemic. 1. Call Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Roberts to ask them to increase access to rental assistance for people living with HIV outside of New York City. Who to ...

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Trauma is an experience that produces injury to the body or the mind as from violence or an accident. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, known as PTSD for short, is a collection of symptoms that can develop after experiencing a life threatening or violent trauma, or witnessing a life-threatening or violent trauma. These symptoms can develop immediately after the trauma, months, or years after the trauma and they can interfere with everyday life. Symptoms of PTSD Intrusive thoughts: thoughts of the trauma that make it difficult for you to think of anything else Flashbacks: re-experiencing the trauma in part of brief periods of time (seconds...

Honoring World Suicide Prevention Day

Lawrence, one of our clients, came to us with an idea: he wanted to make a video talking about his experience with depression and suicide and invite other Harlem United clients to do the same. He hoped it would raise awareness, shatter stigma, and help others like him get the help they need.

What you need to know about overdoses & the opioid epidemic

The rate of opioid overdose in the United States has tripled since 2000. To make matters more complicated, it's not always clear who is at risk for an overdose. The image you have in your mind of who a "drug user" is could be based on an inaccurate stereotype. International Overdose Awareness Day is this Thursday and we want to make sure that you have all the information you need to keep yourself and your friends and family safe — and to help you understand who may be affected and what you can do to help. What can cause an overdose? When you think of an overdose, a dramatic image of someone injecting heroin may come to mind but there are ...

How to Safely Self-Inject Your Hormones

Learn more about Harlem United Congratulations on self-injecting your own hormones! These instructions will provide a step-by step guide for intramuscular injection.  Be sure to see your doctor for an in person training on how to inject your hormones safely.  If you don’t have a doctor, or if you are interested in primary care, or gender affirming hormone care, or just want an in person tutorial on how to inject yourself safely, please call or make an appointment with us!Become familiar with all of your injection equipment, and the type of injection you will give yourself.Before you inject, ask yourself the following questions:Will ...

FY18 Budget Agreement Includes Social and Economic Justice Provisions that Will Help New Yorkers Most in Need

For Immediate Release April 8, 2017 Contact: Jason Cianciotto I 347-703-3865 I jcianciotto@harlemunited.org New York, NY -- The FY18 New York State budget agreement announced last night by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie includes provisions that are critical to providing hope, health, and healing to New Yorkers most in need. The following is a statement from Jacquelyn Kilmer, Esq., Chief Executive Officer of Harlem United. "For nearly three decades, Harlem United has changed lives by helping marginalized communi...