NYC Fire Commissioner Cassano Salutes 9-11 Mental Health Responders at June 1st Gala

As the Ten-Year Anniversary Approaches, MHA-NYC’s Ground-breaking Work Continues With the 9-11 Healing and Remembrance Program

Online PR News – 17-June-2011 – – New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano helped the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) honor all 9-11 First Responders and recognize the resilience of the downtown Manhattan community at “A Decade of Courage: Building the Future – A Salute to 9/11” on June 1 at Tribeca Three-Sixty. Joined by MHA-NYC President and CEO Giselle Stolper and Board Chairman Kevin J. Danehy, Commissioner Cassano presented a special award to FDNY Chief Joseph Pfeifer, the first FDNY chief to arrive following the attack at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

During the presentation, Commissioner Cassano directly saluted the mental health professionals who helped thousands of New Yorkers during the aftermath of 9-11.

“As firefighters and emergency medical personnel, we deal with crisis as it happens,” Commissioner Cassano said. “We pull people out of burning buildings, we administer first aid, we get their hearts beating again. We deal with the first wave of trauma.

“Mental health professionals are there for the second wave of trauma. They are the ones who come in and help after we’ve gone home. They help with the problems that are not visible to the naked eye – the problems suffered both by victims and first responders. These problems might seem less critical, but they are actually harder to deal with and they don’t disappear in a day.”

MHA-NYC’s 24/7 LifeNet hotline became the entry point for accessing mental health care in the tri-state area immediately following 9-11 and was the cornerstone of the largest disaster mental health recovery effort in history. As we approach the tenth anniversary of the attacks, MHA-NYC continues its support of the 9-11 community with a ground breaking program called 9-11 Healing and Remembrance. The program is offering support for individuals and communities during this time. More information is available at or at the 9-11 Healing and Remembrance Hotline: 1-866-212-0444.