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Welcome to the OnTrackNY Blog!

We are Talia Richkin, and Liz Russell, the OnTrackNY Youth Coordinators, and we are excited to welcome you to the new OnTrackNY Blog. The Blog will feature content including: our monthly newsletter, photovoice projects from our #OnTrackEXPRESS campaign, a series of videos featuring OnTrackNY participants, and guest posts from participants and staff alike. We hope everyone who visits the blog can find something they connect with, something that inspires them, or even just something that makes them better able to understand another's experience.


Talia Richkin

Liz Russell
OnTrackNY June Newsletter

OnTrackNY June Newsletter

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It’s June, and summer is officially here! This month’s newsletter highlights LGBTQ Pride Month as well as Men’s Mental Health Week, both of which take place in June. Additionally, we are including a list of fun “staycation” ideas for those of you looking for ways to enjoy the summer weather without having to travel too far from home. We hope you enjoy!


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OnTrackNY May Newsletter

OnTrackNY May Newsletter

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It’s May! May is an exciting month for us here at OnTrackNY because May is Mental Health Awareness Month! In recognition of this month, we wanted to share a few of the awareness campaigns that NAMI and Mental Health America have organized to promote awareness about mental health. We hope you enjoy!

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OnTrackNY April Newsletter

OnTrackNY April Newsletter

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It’s April! That means it’s National Poetry month, and as such, this month’s edition of the newsletter features a poem written by a program participant.

In this newsletter you will also find stories on stress management and spring eating, along with some exciting announcements in the green column. We hope you enjoy!

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Ambar: Being Part of OnTrack has Changed My Life.

Ambar: Being Part of OnTrack has Changed My Life.

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The moment I was diagnosed with schizophrenia I didn’t believe it. I thought it was a misdiagnosis and an error. I didn’t accept it until I tried to kill myself. The idea of your life ending is one that many people can not wrap their heads around, yet I on the other hand, had become obsessed with it, and thought it was a matter that I should take into my own hands.

Since then, OnTrack has been a vital part of my week. Armed with dedicated staff that worries and cares for their patients even outside of their responsibility, I would recommend the OnTrack program for anyone with a history of psychosis to participate in the extended family I have had the pleasure of welcoming into my life, and who welcomed me into theirs. People who worry and care are the ones who incorporate themselves into the life of people without intrusion, and with pure intentions. This is what I was met with the instant I entered OnTrack.

From the first hospitalization, to hopefully my last, I have been blessed with a team of social workers, psychiatrists, and other patients, that have added colorful hues to the fabric of my own life. They have given me and shown me purpose and have activated a thirst for life that I lacked before joining the program. A thirst for the ability to change the life of another human, and change the perspective on life that another person might have. This hunger and passion to help another, and to learn to be more compassionate and empathetic through other's experiences could only have been sparked by the team I worked with at OnTrack. From hospital visits to home visits, these people went out of their way, beyond their duty, to find what I needed most to be healthy again. Though the path to health is a long one, and divides itself into many different sections, they have shown me that I don’t have to be alone for any step.

Being part of OnTrack will change your life. It will bring out that inner resilience and sharpen the tools you already have to be a better more independent being after your diagnosis of schizophrenia. It is not everyday you meet a group of people whose believe in you is unfaltering without you needing to prove anything to them. Come to OnTrack to learn more of yourself, in and outside of the realm of mental health, and truly learn to connect with your inner self and bring peace within everything you do from then on.

Sebastian: Finding Harmony through Music

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Just before starting college, Sebastian began having unusual auditory and visual experiences. With the support from OnTrackNY and using music to cope, Sebastian gained the confidence to share his story to help others. Sebastian’s mother also shares her perspective on recovery and being part of OnTrackNY.
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