NYC’s first lady Chirlane McCray on mental health, THRIVENYC

NEW YORK — Anxiety, depression and traumas are affect people everyday, but many of people don't get the help they need, especially those in communities of color.

THRIVENYC focuses on mental health awareness. In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, discusses the program’s efforts.

THRIVENYC is a number of programs that reach thousands of people where they live, learn and worship.

Any New Yorker can call a number 1-888-NYC-WELL and speak to a trained counselor, who can walk them through with how they’re feeling. THRIVENYC has since received over 750,000 calls.

However, within the program’s four-years of existence, critics have scrutinized THRIVENYC about its budget and the fact that where the money is going is so “secretive.”

Addressing the critics, McCray says Thrive is “spread over many agencies, so it can be a little difficult to understand who is doing what” and that they have spoken to council members and other elected officials before THRIVE came into play.

McCray adds that what THRIVE is doing is innovative and it “doesn’t fit in the same slots as the typical programs.”

If you or someone you know is going through a tough time and needs someone to talk to, call 1-888-NYC-WELL.

For more information on the weekend of faith call the NYC for Faith and Community Partnerships call, at (212) 748-0336 or visit the THRIVENYC website. 

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