Resources to Help Firefighters

First responders see disasters up close and personal. While the rest of the public is seeing events through the filter of the news media, these public servants must deal with the events themselves—and their after-effects. In some cases, firefighters develop mental health and behavioral issues as a result of these experiences. Treatment of depression, post-traumatic […]

EMTs Training for the Fight Against Overdoses

A young mom home alone. A teenager passed out on a crowded dance floor. A successful executive, nonresponsive in his plush corner office. A teacher. A doctor. A middle school student. Since the mid-1990s, the number of frantic, desperate and otherwise heartbreaking 911 calls asking for emergency services for narcotic overdoses have been on the […]

On the Road Again…

It was 117 degrees, scorching hot and we were on our way back from Palm Springs, California. “Where are you traveling to now?” seems to be the question my friends and family ask me. As a marketer and publicist, I am always on the go with my team at Destination Hope, visiting more than 20 […]

Mind Over Matter

People aren’t whispering about mental health issues any more. People are now talking about it and asking questions. Just ask Benjamin Brafman, CEO of Destination Hope and founder of the non-profit Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation, who has been instrumental in bringing the mental health and law enforcement communities together. The common goal we all share […]

Parity 101

Most people in the behavioral health industry know what the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act is, and those who are not aware will probably look at you as if you have five heads. It can be a complex topic, but nonetheless important. The law was enacted in 2008 and does not require a […]

Destination Hope in the News!

In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, Ben Brafman and Allison Seriani spoke with WPBF News about Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation, how people can help increase mental health awareness in their communities, and to discuss their upcoming fundraiser dinner, which took place on May 25th. Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation is a non-profit organization […]

CDC Issues Voluntary Guidelines to Restrict Painkillers

The statistics regarding opioid abuse in the United States are alarming. Nearly two million Americans over the age of 12 have a substance abuse disorder involving prescription pain relievers. The high rate of opioid addiction is also the number one cause driving the epidemic of drug overdoses, resulting in nearly 19,000 deaths in 2014. To […]

Party for a Purpose

Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation of Fort Lauderdale, Florida will host Party for a Purpose on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, from 6-9 p.m. at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse on Las Olas Boulevard. Their mission is to raise awareness through education to break the stigma associated with people who suffer from mental health disorders and to give back […]

President Obama to Speak at Drug Abuse Summit 2016

Article originally published at ATLANTA – Destination Hope will be exhibiting at the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, which runs from March 28 through March 31 at The Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in downtown Atlanta. The Summit is the largest national collaboration of federal, state and local professionals seeking to address […]