Daniel Neiditch’s Blog

What Is NYC Doing to Protect the Homeless During COVID-19?

This is one of the worst times to be homeless in New York City. Since the onset of COVID-19, millions of people nationwide have been instructed to retreat to their homes and isolate themselves. In these troubling times, homes have become havens, secure buffer zones that protect us against the transfer of disease.  But some don’t have private spaces to retreat to. According to statistics provided by The Bowery Mission, one in every 25 New Yorkers -- that’s 70,000 men, women and children -- are homeless. The nonprofit reports that nearly 4,000 of those sleep on the street, the subway system, or other public spaces. [...]

By | May 18th, 2020|

Will de Blasio’s Plan End Homelessness in NYC?

For most, the turn of the new year brings optimism, excitement, and enthusiasm for the upcoming months. It’s a time to set goals and follow ambitions; to look forward to the future and let go of past concerns in favor of new hope.  Hope, however, is hard to come by when you’re living on the street. For all too many New Yorkers, the first days of the new year featured the same lingering, heartbreaking questions they had faced in the previous months. Where will I sleep? Will I have a place to call home this week -- or even this year?  New York’s struggles with [...]

By | January 27th, 2020|

Movement Therapy: The Solution to Making Schools Autism-Friendly

A growing amount of research shows that movement therapy — an emerging therapy that combines movement and music with positive behavior support strategies — has become an effective way to help those with autism. Recent studies indicate that activities like dancing and boxing can benefit anyone diagnosed with the disorder, but especially children, as they develop physical, social, cognitive and motor skills. However, movement therapy isn’t just useful for those on the autism spectrum. The therapeutic technique has also proved beneficial for child development more broadly, offering tangible benefits like physical stimulation and mindfulness. Some schools throughout the United States are looking to tap into [...]

By | November 27th, 2019|

Can NYC Use Finland’s Model to Solve Homelessness?

In the past several years, homelessness in New York City has reached its highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s. As of June 2019, 60,849 homeless people spend each night in New York City’s municipal shelter system, while thousands more unsheltered homeless people sleep in the streets or other public areas. It’s shocking that one of the richest cities in the world is failing to help its homeless find more stable housing. Is it time for NYC to revamp its strategy? One source of inspiration may come from an unexpected country: Finland. Finland’s Housing-First Model While the housing-first model actually did start in [...]

By | September 23rd, 2019|

Why is America’s Teen Suicide Rate Rising While Other Nations’ Rates are Falling?

The United States is in the grips of a deadly and disastrous trend: growing suicide rates among teens and young people. The number of teen suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts and self harm continue to increase, more than doubling from less than half a percent in 2008 to 2 percent in 2015. In 2016, suicide became the second leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10-24. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted a spike in suicide rates among 10-14 year olds, and, distressingly, among females in that age group, self-inflicted injury rates have gone up 18.8 percent between 2009 and [...]

By | May 20th, 2019|

5 Things You Can Do Today to Help Stop Teen Suicide

Teen suicide has reached almost epidemic proportions, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noting a 70 percent rise between 2006 and 2016, the most recent year statistics were available. Suicide is an issue with no easy answers; the reasons it happens can almost feel impossible to fully understand. But there are action steps any of us can take to help make sure the young people feeling isolated and depressed don’t make that terrible choice. Here are five actionable steps you can take today to help stop teen suicide. Understand the depths of the problem It’s not an exaggeration to say that suicide is [...]

By | January 7th, 2019|