First Lady Chirlane McCray launched the most comprehensive citywide mental health plan anywhere in the United States, ThriveNYC.
ThriveNYC’s website, live-texting crisis service, and 24/7 hotline 1-888-NYC-WELL helps New Yorkers suffering from mental health or substance abuse issues connect with care whenever and wherever they are.
Educating New Yorkers about Mental Health and Addiction
ThriveNYC starts by working to destigmatize mental illness, training 250,000 New Yorkers in mental health “first aid” and encouraging an open conversation about mental health.
Mental Health in Our Schools
Under First Lady McCray and Mayor de Blasio, NYC will place 400 Mental Health Service Corps members in neighborhoods with the highest need across New York, and it has created the Center for Health Equity, which specifically helps communities of color address health disparities. Every school in New York City now has a form of mental health support.
Helping New Mothers
This year, First Lady Chirlane McCray announced that all NYC Health and Hospital locations now provide maternal depression screenings for pregnant women and new moms.
Help for Youth
ThriveNYC is expanding mental health services at youth and runaway shelters, helping young people in crisis get back on the right track.
Weekend of Faith for Mental Health
The City’s Weekend of Faith for Mental Health includes visits to congregations to help New Yorkers understand addiction as a disease that can be treated. In 2017, the Weekend of Faith included 2,000 houses of worship and reached half a million New Yorkers.