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VOICES at the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Community Day

On Sunday, April 24, VOICES participated in the 9/11 Memorial's 5K Run/Walk and Community Day, along with our partners from the Mental Health Association of New York City.

Visitors to VOICES booth received information on the World Trade Center Health Program and participated in a Memorial Quilt arts project, creating squares in memory of the responders and survivors who have died of 9/11-related illnesses. Pictured above with VOICES Project Director Stephanie Landau is September 11 Memorial & Museum President Joe Daniels. More.

Remembering Dr. Charles Hirsch

It was with great sadness that we heard the news that Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, the former Chief Medical Examiner for the City of New York, passed away on Friday, April 9.

As you know, in the aftermath of the attacks on September 11th, Dr. Hirsch was responsible for coordinating the monumental effort to identify the remains of our loved ones. We had the privilege of getting to know Dr. Hirsch when we worked alongside other family members to establish a uniform notification process to contact families. Over the years, Dr. Hirsch was also a regular attendee at our Annual Information Forum, where he met with family members to share information about their ongoing efforts to identify those who died. More.

Mother of 9/11 victim: Needs have changed but still remain

Mary Fetchet, LCSW, a mother and clinical social worker, lost her 24-year-old son, Brad, on Sept. 11, 2001 — one of 2,977 who perished in the attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Despite her grief, she used her 20 years of expertise as a mental health professional to establish Voices of September 11th (VOICES) — now an internationally recognized organization providing services for victims' families, responders and survivors. More.

Voices of September 11th Symposium Addresses Needs of Victims’ Families, Survivors & Responders

Voices of September 11th (VOICES) will host its annual New Jersey symposium, "Promoting Resilience in Communities Impacted by Trauma" on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

The all-day symposium, to be held at the Livingston Campus Student Center at Rutgers University in Piscataway, features presentations and panel discussions led by subject matter experts and clinicians working in the field of trauma, grief and disaster mental health. More.

Our Year in Review

Thanks to the generous support of our donors and partners, VOICES has been able to provide hope and healing to those impacted by traumatic events.

Our staff continues to provide critical support services to over 5,100 9/11 families, responders and survivors. We offered a wide range of programs, including distributing information, referrals, assessments, teleconference groups and conferences. Our dedication to the 9/11 community remains steadfast, and we are equally committed to using our expertise to help families and communities impacted by other tragedies. More.

Translating Heartache into Help and Hope: Mary Fetchet Radio Interview

Many people face unspeakable loss of a family member or witness the suffering and loss of a loved one with the wounds of war. They wonder how they will go on. In this show you will hear the personal stories of four people who have faced such loss and taken on survival missions that translate heartache into help and hope for others.

You will hear from Mary Fetchet Co-founder of the Voices of 9/11 whose outreach to others in the aftermath of losing her son on 9/11has touched many worldwide; Rogerlyn Cipriano Esq., founder of Angels for Warriors whose concern for her veteran brother’s anguish and pain became translated into an important mission for veterans, particularly pro bono legal help; and Dr. William and Bev Feigelman, mental health professionals who in the aftermath of losing their son to suicide co-authored Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope with the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs and became spokesmen and clinicians to prevent suicide and respond to family survivors. More.

Handling the Holidays After a Traumatic Loss: December Webinar

On this webinar Dr. Gloria Horsley, Dr. Heidi Horsley, and Alan Pedersen, Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends, are joined by Mitch Carmody in a discussion of strategies for getting through the Holidays following the death of a loved one. Mitch is the author of Letters to My Son: Turning Loss into Legacy. More.

VOICES Welcomes Lori A. Harris to the Staff

We are pleased to welcome Lori A. Harris as Program Director in VOICES New Brunswick, New Jersey office. This office works collaboratively with the New Canaan Office to provide case management services for 9/11 families, survivors, and first responders. In addition to ongoing direct support of those impacted by 9/11, the New Brunswick office focuses on building collaborative relationships in New Jersey and expanding social service outreach and educational programs.

Ms. Harris holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University. Her clinical experience includes victim advocacy and outreach, substance abuse recovery, and community mental health. More.

June is National PTSD Awareness Month

According to the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, about 60% of men and 50% of women will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime, and the numbers are even higher for members of the armed forces. Everyone deals with trauma differently, and not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD. However, up to 20% of individuals may.

Not a week goes by without a report of another tragedy occurring in our country. The unfortunate fact is that an act of terrorism, mass violence or natural disaster occurs each week, and the notion of 'it can't happen here' is fading as random acts occur in both small and large communities. More.

Congressional Hearing on Reauthorization of the Zadroga Act

On Thursday, June 11, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee held a hearing on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. The bill seeks to extend medical care benefits indefinitely and compensation under the Victim Compensation Fund through 2041 to rescue workers and survivors who became ill due to the attacks.

As of the end of 2014, there are 71,942 individuals enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP), 20,833 of whom received treatment for heath conditions arising from toxic and other hazardous exposures resulting from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. More.

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VOICES Staff Provides Support Services Including: Assessments, Support Groups, Referrals, Commemorative Events, Workshops.

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