September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
MEA values your safety and wellbeing and want you to know that there is always help to be found if you or a loved one are thinking of suicide. NYC has a variety of resources available to those in need.
NYC Well is a robust program connecting New Yorkers to mental health support via text, phone, and web chat. They offer aid to those in a mental health crisis, including crisis respite centers, guidance on creating a safety plan, and connection to mobile crisis teams. Additionally, the program offers peer support services, tips for maintaining mental health, and a portal for finding services.
NYC Health + Hospitals, the city’s extensive public hospital system, offers specialized mental health care in several hospitals throughout the boroughs, including Bellevue, Elmhurst, Woodhull, Jacobi, and Kings County.
The Mayor’s Office of Community Health, in partnership with several NYC agencies, oversees efforts to protect and promote mental health for those living in the city. They have launched several programs to address youth mental health, including Reading So Lit, Pathways to Wellbeing: Write it Out, and NYCx Co-Labs: Accessible Mental Health Challenge.
Remember to always treat yourself and others with care and kindness. If you or someone you know are struggling and need support, you can dial 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You are not alone.