What Mental Health Needs is More Sunlight, More Understanding, More Unashamed Conversation
The challenges residents in under resourced neighborhoods face, which include difficulty accessing preventive services and early care, greater exposure to stressors and interruptions in health insurance coverage, often lead to high psychiatric hospitalization rates when identified. However many times, mental health issues in these communities go unrecognized, undiagnosed, and untreated. The two circumstances play a part in the mental health crises facing many underserved communities around the globe, and East New York is not immune to it.
Addressing, tackling, and eventually overcoming the mental health concerns of this community speaks to the holistic health of the community and its residents. The importance of it reflects phase two of Dreams Achieved multi-phased plan to uplift and improve the quality of life. Our fundamental approach involves Getting Informed. Getting Screened. Getting Help.
In NYC, options available for help with those suffering from mental health issues may also include assistance from Mobile Crisis Teams. A mobile crisis team is a group of health professionals, such as nurses, social workers and psychiatrists, who can provide mental health services, primarily in people’s homes.
There are about two dozen teams in the city, and they are available in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. You can request help from a mobile crisis team if you are concerned about a family member, friend, or acquaintance who is experiencing (or at risk of) a psychological crisis. You can also request a team for yourself. To request a team, call NYC Well at (888) NYC-WELL (888-692-9355).
Mobile crisis teams can provide mental health engagement, intervention and follow-up support to help overcome resistance to treatment. Depending on what a person is willing to accept, the teams may offer a range of services, including:
If a mobile crisis team determines that a person in crisis needs further psychiatric or medical assessment, they can transport that person to a hospital psychiatric emergency room.
Mobile crisis teams may direct police to take a person to an emergency room against their will only if they have a mental illness (or the appearance of mental illness) and are a danger to themselves or others. This is in accordance with NYS Mental Hygiene Law.
Below are links to organizations with websites that include a range of informational resources on mental health topics:
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