We’ve taken over Washington Square Park! I’m in a leopard print coat – come color a mental health quilt square with me, get a free massage, or cuddle with some puppies! Hosted by #tumblr ’s #postitforward , #thrivenyc and the NYC Department of Health!! (at Washington Square Park)

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 { DAY OF THE DEAD : DAY ONE                          OCTOBER 2016!


** This is an emergency broadcast. A nationwide state of emergency is in effect. Please stand by and await further instructions. **

This morning, muggle political officials in Westminster declared a nationwide state of emergency. Despite the brave efforts of our Aurors to contain the outbreak, the currently unidentified muggle-born virus has spread to the magical community. The Ministry of Magic’s Department of Health has issued the following public announcement:

It is with great sorrow that I speak to you all today. By now, many of you are aware of the muggle-born viral outbreak that has seeped into our magical community. The number of casualties is currently unknown but expected to be within the thousands. 

The Ministry of Magic urges everyone to remain in their homes. Lock your doors, board up your windows and keep the lights off. Do not attempt to reach loved ones or acquire additional provisions, and avoid direct contact with the infected. 

Witches and wizards who display the following symptoms should be isolated immediately: 

Dizziness, weakness and fatigue, fever/delirium/hallucinations, chills, nausea/vomiting, pale skin, dilated pupils, soreness, fluid discharge, spontaneous aggression/anger, fainting, loss of hair, dehydration, coughing up blood. 

Please alert the Ministry of Magic immediately if you know of an infected individual or have come into contact with the infected. It is vital that you separate from infected witches and wizards to avoid contamination and await further instruction from the Ministry. 

In order to keep the general wizarding public up to date, we will broadcast every day at 1PM. We advise everyone to follow the instructions provided by the Ministry of Magic to ensure the safety and survival of our community. Good afternoon to you all and good luck. 

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Hey, Tumblr. We’re making a quilt. We want you to help.

We’ve partnered with the NYC Department of Health (@nychealth), ThriveNYC, the First Lady of New York Chirlane McCray (@flonyc), and Tumblr Creatrs (@creatrs) to build a digital Mental Health Quilt.

What’s this, then? Each patch on this wonderful thing will represent an individual’s relationship with mental illness. That’s where you come in. Whether you’ve battled it before, are going through it now, or are helping others in their struggle, we would love to see you contribute.

How do I submit a patch? It’s easy. Three New York City artists and four of our fantastic @creatrs made these templates for you to download if you want to color in a patch.

Want to submit something more original? Sure! Just a couple formatting things:

  • Try to keep the post captions under 100 characters.
  • Your work must be 600x600px at 72 DPI, in a JPG or GIF format.
  • It must be 100% your own. Totally and completely original.

Whichever method you choose, just submit here.

You’ll be helping out some pretty great charities, too. All you have to do is tag your post or submission with #The Trevor Project, #NAMI, or # The Steve Fund and we’ll donate $1 to the tagged charity, up to an aggregate total of $20,000 for all three organizations.

And the end result? While all of these patches will live on the Mental Health Quilt Tumblr forever, some of these patches will actually be printed out and turned into a real life quilt. We couldn’t ask for a better monument to you and this project.

De Blasio to Lift Consent Form Requirement for Circumcision Ritual

Mayor Bill de Blasio has reached an agreement with New York City’s Jewish leaders over new regulations governing Metzitzah B'Peh, a ritual in which a specially-designated rabbi sucks blood from a child’s circumcised penis, Capital New York reports.

NBC New York reported last summer that between 2000 and 2014 the Health Department found 16 confirmed cases of herpes in infant boys after circumcisions that probably had involved direct oral contact.

Health officials said that herpes—which can be lethal in babies—could be transmitted through saliva. Two of the 16 infected boys died, while at least two more suffered brain damage, NBC reported.

Since 2012, rabbis who performed such ceremonies—known as “mohels"—have had to produce written consent forms from the child’s parents. The regulations were offensive to members of certain Orthodox sects, Capital reports. During his campaign, de Blasio promised to find an alternative regulation, and now he’s made good on his promise.

From Capital:

In exchange for abandoning the consent forms, the coalition of rabbis negotiating with City Hall agreed that if a baby is diagnosed with HSV-1, the community would identify the mohel in question and ask him to undergo testing. If the mohel tests positive for HSV-1, the city’s health department will test the DNA of the strain to see if it matches the infant’s.

If it does, the mohel will be banned from performing the ritual for life.

While the de Blasio Administration continues to believe that MBP carries with it health risks, given the sacred nature of this ritual to the community, the administration is pursuing a policy centered around education of health risks by the health care community and respect for traditional practices by the religious community,“ the mayor’s office said in a statement.

Increasing trust and communication between the City and this community is critical to achieve the Administration’s ultimate goal of ensuring the health and safety of every child, and this new policy seeks to establish a relationship based on engagement and mutual respect,“ the statement continued.


New York City’s ban of ferrets has been proven to be biased.  Please help to show them that Ferrets are NOT vicious animals.  We want to show them that they make great pets!.  Please post and share images on their social media.

Lets flood their sites with ferret pictures! We are not NOT going to give up until we have #FerretFreedom in NYC

On my first trip into Westborough State Hospital, I was surprised to find this towel - reading “DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH - 1970″ - draped over the edge of this bathtub.  Of course, based on the stain pattern on the towel, it was probably placed here at some point after abandonment, but it still made for a cool shot.

Print available here.

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H.I.V. Education That Aims to Empower, Not Shame

By Martha C White

Thanks to medical advances, a diagnosis of H.I.V., while still very serious, is no longer the death sentence it once was. For organizations trying to communicate information about testing and prevention, though, the devastation the virus has caused over the decades remains ever-present.

Traditional public service announcements tend to rely on shock and shame, with mixed success. But when Arizona public health officials began contemplating a new campaign, they wanted to change that.

“We needed a coordinated media strategy and it needed really to focus less on fear-based messaging and more on empowering people,” said John Sapero, office chief for H.I.V. prevention for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Ebola in America

A New York City hospital is running Ebola tests on a doctor who returned to the United States from West Africa with a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the city’s Health Department said on Thursday.

Preliminary test results were expected in the next 12 hours, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. (AP)

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Public schools regularly restrain, seclude disabled children, say report

U.S. public schools routinely isolate and physically restrain disabled students deemed to have misbehaved or become uncooperative, according to a new report released on Thursday.

Analysis of Department of Education data by NPR and news website ProPublica found that public schools restrained or secluded students more than 267,000 times in the 2012 school year. Figures also indicate that around 75 percent of the students who were restrained had physical, emotional or intellectual disabilities.

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Lousiana Health Department: No way we're letting the homeless eat free deer meat

This one is straight from the facepalm files. A charitable hunting group in Louisiana known for donating large amounts of (mostly deer) meat to charities across the state, donated 1,600 pounds of their fresh venison to the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission only to have it promptly thrown away. Not returned, mind you, thrown away.

From Todd Starnes at Fox News Radio:

Hunters across Louisiana are outraged after state health officials ordered a rescue mission to destroy $8,000 worth of deer meat because venison is not allowed to be served in homeless shelters.

The Dept. of Health and Hospitals ordered the staff at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to throw 1,600 pounds of donated venison in garbage bins – and then ordered then to douse the meat with Clorox – so other animals would not eat the meat.

“Deer meat is not permitted to be served in a shelter, restaurant or any other public eating establishment in Louisiana,” said a Health Dept. official in an email to Fox News. “While we applaud the good intentions of the hunters who donated this meat, we must protect the people who eat at the Rescue Mission, and we cannot allow a potentially serious health threat to endanger the public.”

That statement set off a firestorm among hunters and lawmakers who called it outrageous and insulting.

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I don’t even know how to commentate on such utter stupidity. But then again, I’ve come to expect things like this from the government.